I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
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Category Archives: Travel
When I was about 18 I expended a small amount of effort in learning to raise my left eyebrow so as to more precisely convey a quizzical mood. Over the years I have perfected this expression such that a friend recently described … Continue reading
I have barely written anything here for more than a year, but Bearhunt was always just sleeping and never dead. I thought I didn’t have much to say, and perhaps I didn’t at the time, but looking back over the … Continue reading
When something like the earthquake (it’s already being called “the great earthquake”) of March 11th happens, politicians and the press are always quick to tell us people are panicking, we must be afraid of looters and that they can’t tell … Continue reading
Today I visited Ganko Ramen, a shop just 10 mins walk from my new apt. It’s an ugly little shop, and by little, I mean tiny. It’s the ground floor of a wedge shaped building “so sharp you could cut … Continue reading
I’ve just got back from a lovely weekend snowboarding in Nozawa Onsen, a quaint little town nestling in the mountains west of Tokyo. Once a year, the town comes together for their annual fire festival and some friends and I … Continue reading
OK, it wasn’t a road trip, it was a rail tour, but road trip sounds better. Our route was Tokyo -> Nikko -> Nagoya -> Hikone -> Nara -> Hiroshima -> Osaka -> Hakone, and we travelled on many trains … Continue reading
I know a little while ago I mentioned I was going on holiday to South Korea, but somehow my long weekend in Soul turned into 10 days in Thailand. At first I tried to capture my experiences as a video … Continue reading
Kouzushima is one of the Izu Islands – an archipelago of volcanic islands South East of Tokyo Bay and part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu national park. Last month I spent 10 hours getting there on an overnight ferry and pitched a … Continue reading
On my way to Narita airport for my recent trip to Switzerland, I stayed at one of the airport hotels. It was nice hotel with a spacious room and, when I checked in, I was offered my choice from a … Continue reading