Events & Festivals

Brisbane Riverfire

Brisbane Riverfire

In September each year Brisbane Riverfire lights up the city sky.  The stunning display of pyrotechnics is choreographed to music and is the biggest in Queensland.  The fireworks cap off three weeks of festivities as part of the Brisbane Festival with sparks flying from buildings, barges and bridges…

What to see, do and where to eat in Kobe, Japan

What to see & do in Kobe

In this City Guide we’ll introduce some of our top things to see & do in Kobe.  It’s a lovely, vibrant and modern city less than an hour by train from Kyoto and Osaka which makes it perfect for a day trip.  Most of these…

Otaru snow light path festival

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

I love a good festival and they usually crop up in my Japan itinerary somewhere.  During the winter the big one everyone talks about is the Sapporo Snow Festival and with good reason, it is huge and fabulous and we had the most amazing time. …

Nara Park at Setsubun

10 things I love about Setsubun

Setsubun is a fun Japanese holiday celebrated on the 3rd February.  It marks the last day of Winter and the imminent coming of Spring.  While it’s definitely summer where I am this year I thought I’d share some of our previous Sebsubun experiences in this…

Christmas Lights |

The best Auckland Christmas Lightup

Whether at home or travelling I like to take a drive or walk in the evenings to enjoy the Christmas lights.  If you’re in Auckland, New Zealand this Christmas then the best Auckland Christmas lightup is on Franklin Road.  That’s just off Ponsonby Road which…

Festivals in Japan are a fabulous way to enjoy a community atmosphere and local culture. Here's all you need to know to plan a visit to the Nagahama Kabuki Festival

Visting the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri

A great day trip from Kyoto is to Nagahama and it’s even better if you can time it to be there on the 15th April for the annual Nagahama Hikiyama matsuri (festival).  It’s a float festival where Kabuki theatre is played out by local boys…

Yasaka Shrine

Walking Kyoto – Yasaka Shrine

On this weeks section of our series on walking the streets of central Kyoto we pick up from Kodai-ji temple and continue north-west to explore the Gion district. Yasaka Shrine is at the eastern end of Shijo (fourth street) and is the major shrine of the Gion…


Walking Kyoto: Kiyomizudera

This post is one of a series that make up a self guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto. The full route is around 10 km from Kyoto station to Ginkakuji, the silver temple, in the north. Make a day of it or select only the sections that appeal the most.