People who know me well also know that I yearn for the winter months in the way many people pine for hot summer days. And it turns out I’m not as much of an enigma as fellow Aussies would have me believe. Most people who join our winter cuisine and culture tours (check out the wonderful […]
I like to visit Ohara as regularly as I can. It’s just north of Kyoto city – about an hour in the bus from Kyoto station but feels so much further away. I love the local farming atmosphere and the greenery but the main reason I venture to Ohara is to visit Sanzen in (temple) […]
Okayama is famous for its castle (peeking over the shoulder of the tree on the right in the image below), sweet, sweet summer peaches, the story of Momotaro – the Peach Boy), Bizen ceramic ware, various citrus fruit and this spectacular garden –Korakuen – ranked as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. To be […]
Every so often we get swept away with the colour in Japan. We cannot tell a lie. In fact it’s an every day occurrence whether we are in situ or looking at 30 something years worth of Japan travel photos. Or merely dreaming. Last week it was green, or Midori, over at Zenbu Home and […]
Naturally I’m rather fond of Japanese architecture but for some reason traditional buildings of the castle variety have never really grabbed me… Nijo Castle is different. For one… it’s not your A-typical castle. It isn’t a wedding cake perched high on a hill overlooking the town, it’s at ground level as is the majority of […]
It had reached the point of embarrassment. The business of ‘not yet’ having visited the ‘art island’ of Naoshima. Many of my clients had made the trip and raved, or were seeking my advice on a regular basis… ‘what’s it like?’ ‘when’s the best time to go?’ ‘where should we stay?’ ‘what’s the food like?’ I could only […]
It doesn’t get much better than this. Experience the best of both worlds – blissful Kyoto and electric Tokyo on this deeply inspiring and invigorating 15 day luxury cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck.
Fall in love with beautiful Kyoto on this relaxing and inspiring 12 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck. ZENBU ZEN 2018 Our first tour for 2018, the ever popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour, focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural […]