Tag Archives: Japan

I Feel The Earth Move

Dear Friends, Did you feel the earth move last week? If you live on the mid north coast of Queensland you might have, because there have been eight earthquakes in the last week, with the strongest at magnitude-5.7. Luckily they were well off the coast so there’s been little damage. Where I live we didn’t feel the earthquakes at …

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We Are Family!

Dear Friends, After reading my last letter, my good friend Yvonne commented that I should reconnect with my extended Castor family. This week I was invited to a family reunion and, with Yvonne’s comment on my mind, I was happy to accept. The love of travel and adventure must run in the family because my …

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Speed of Light – Weekly Photo Challenge – Blur

Dear Friends, This week I went for a ride on the Shinkansen, more commonly known as the Bullet Train, from Hakone to Tokyo. The Shinkansen is able to reach a maximum speed of 320 kilometres per hour. I don’t know if we actually travelled that fast but once we started everything was a blur. My personal assistant Mrs …

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Fresh Fruit – Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

Dear Friends, Every café, restaurant and food stall in Tokyo has its display of plastic food in the window, designed to tempt and tease us. Like everyone else in Harajuku, I was drawn to the spectacular array of sweet treats at Santa Monica Crepes. It was as though an irresistible  magnetic force was drawing me in …

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Sky High

Dear Friends, I know what you’re going to say when you see this photo. At first glance it looks like the Eiffel Tower has had a makeover and turned a brilliant shade of orange. Well, you’re sort of right but completely wrong! This is Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower in the centre of …

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Shiny Happy People

Dear Friends, I’ve been learning on the job again, this time at the Happiest Place on Earth. That’s right; I’m now a fully trained employee of Tokyo Disneyland. Recently I joined my fellow cast members, as Disney employees are known, in some practical training in customer service and ride organisation. I was fortunate to spend …

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Fake It!

Dear Friends, I was very touched by your concern for my well-being and my waistline after my excessive consumption of donuts, so I’m going to share with you a diet secret that few know about. See this oversized burger? It contains not a single calorie. These colossal ice cream cones are kilojoule free. And this pavlova, perfect …

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Perfect Circle – Weekly Photo Challenge – New

Dear Friends, I have a confession to make. I’ve fallen in love! Not with someone new…I’ve fallen head over heels for something new. Sweet, circular and sugary – perfection in every morsel. There are so many varieties. Every day I’ve been trying a new one. My collection of keepsakes will preserve the memory of my new passion …

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Too Much Monkey Business – The Sequel

Dear Friends, Last week I was busy hunting for monkeys and this week a monkey was hunting me! Not just any monkey either. It was the monster monkey of all time – King Kong! I had the misfortune to come across a pack of fearsome beasts and it seemed like they were all out to …

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Too Much Monkey Business

Dear Friends, Sometimes other people’s travel stories can influence the choices we make when travelling. For example, my personal assistant The Eternal Traveller told me once, in graphic detail, about the time she saw a tourist being chased by a monkey in Thailand. I have a mental image of this aggressive animal stalking the poor …

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