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The riot of colour that greets all Pachinko players

The Japanese obsession – Pachinko

Walk the streets of any Japanese town and you will hear the clatter of something that steals the lives of countless people throughout the country. Tweet
The huge robot from Laputa: Castle in the sky, Ghibli Museum

The magical Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo

Totoro To-torrrro, Totoro To-torrrro!  If you’ve never heard those words before you a) haven’t seen My Neighbour Totoro.  b) haven’t hung around enough Japanese children.  c) haven’t lived! Tweet
People lucky enough to have been thrown into a volcano. Perhaps for not saying 'Bless you' after someone sneezed, Haw Par Villa Singapore

Hell on Singapore – Haw Par Villa

Following closely in the heels of my blog about the Meguro Parasitological Museum I thought it only fair that I continue to bring you stories full of gore and torment. Singapore didn’t generally float my boat, I found it rather dull compared to its regional cousins. It seems that quite a few backpackers feel the […]
Things eating dead flesh, Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo

Tokyo’s Meguro Parasitological Museum got under my skin…

Tokyo was a bit of strange city for me.  Some museums were shut when they weren’t supposed to be and large swathes of others were shut for renovation but still cost full whack.  After we’d visited the Ghibli Museum that led us to look further down our Tokyo hit-list and head towards the Meguro Parasitological […]

Following in the footsteps of Ludlow & Sherriff – Backpacking Bhutan, Kashmir and Tibet

I work for the Natural History Museum in London. I spent three months this summer creating catalogue records for several thousands of photographs taken by the Botanists/Soldiers/Explorers/Teachers/Photographers/Ornithologists that were Frank Ludlow and George Sherriff.  What I saw then has been bothering me for months so now I’m seriously considering re-tracing their steps in my own […]