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Day Nine/Ten: There’s a TV Above My Bathtub

I want to start this by saying I moved hotels. I wish I’d just booked this one for three nights, I don’t know why I didn’t in the first place. But this hotel is amazing and there is a TV above the bath so you can lie in the bath and watch Japanese TV which is honestly the best way to chill out. It’s easy to zone out when you’re

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Day Eight: I love you Whale Sharks and Osaka.

Osaka is wonderful. I love that it’s on the water, the bay is just great to sit and pass time watching boats drift in and out. There are mountains all around, and I can’t get enough of mountains. I think it’s because I lived in London for so long, and then the super flat Midwest of America, so I just am obsessed with mountains. I can’t imagine being able to

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Day Seven: Off to Osaka

I was sad to leave Art Manga Hotel, mostly because I had 8 books left of Anonymous Noise left and I wanted to see what happened. I stayed up far too late reading as much as I could. The only issue with Art Manga was that they didn’t turn off the lights outside of the capsules, so it never really got very dark. You could turn off the light in

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Day Five/Six: Punk and Anime and Manga

I was moving from the Airbnb to the Manga Capsule hotel today. Although I do massively recommend the place on Airbnb where I stayed, it’s affordable, is in an excellent location for subways and I had my own bathroom, it was however very dated. So I was excited to move over to the more modern capsule hotel. I was not excited about dragging my bags from where I was to

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Day Four: Shrines, Shrines and Shrines

I didn’t want to get up this morning. That little Japanese style room was so cosy, the futon was layered with blankets and duvets so it felt like you had a weighted blanket on you and made you feel like you were in a cocoon. I just lay inside watching YouTube videos thinking about how perfect everything was. There was a whole day full of sights to see and so

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Day Three: Mountains, Waterfalls, Yukata.

I woke up at 2 am again, and since I had to get up at 5 am anyway I decided to just give up trying to go back to sleep at around 3 and instead planned my day out in Nikko. It was actually quite handy, I was able to plan my day, pack my bags and get all ready to go without rushing. I decided to walk to Asakusa,

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Day Two: Dango Daikazoku

I fell asleep at 9.30pm and woke up at 1am and just couldn’t sleep again. Jet Lag is ridiculous sometimes, so I indulged myself in doing a little word till 3 am and then tried to will myself back to sleep till 8 am. I need to get on a schedule with this or I’m going to feel terrible for the next week. The bed here is perfectly cosy and

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Day One: Sunrises, Egg Sandwiches and Mount Fuji

I love flying. The first time I flew on a plane by myself I was 12 years old and going to Chicago for a few weeks to visit my family. I had a chaperone to take me onto the plane and to take me to my family on the other side but for 8 glorious hours, it was just me… and the projected screen with Indian films. Since that holiday

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Day Zero: A Journey Back In Time

It’s 1998 and my family from Chicago are visiting. One of my cousins is obsessed with Pokemon, which is the current must-have toy in America, he is collecting cards and all sorts and at first, I think they are talking about Tamagochi’s which were a thing in the UK but I am quickly educated in the world of Pocket Monsters. That was the moment where everything changed. In 2000 I

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A Journey Through Curly Hair

My hair used to be the bane of my existence, and yes I know how self-absorbed that sounds. I had super shiny, 0 frizz, straight as anything hair for a long time. It was always in a bob with a little fringe and I looked super cute. Then the puberty monster came and my hair changed into a curly, frizzy mess. There was a lot of denial about it at

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