Tag Archives: Fukuyama

Tomo-no-ura and Ponyo

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^ Tomonoura port, Sōsuke’s home town

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^ Ponyo was hiding everywhere around Tomonoura

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We were initially drawn to Tomonoura by Hayao Miyazaki (co-founder of Studio Ghibli) and his 2008 film ‘Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea’. ‘Ponyo’ was written by Miyazaki after a sojourn in the port town which largely inspired the setting for the film. We hoped Continue reading

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Coming soon… Japan 日本!

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^ The floating torii, Itsukushima-jinja, Miyajima
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^ Gaijin…

Tokyo > Fukuyama > Tomo-no-ura > Iwakuni > Miyajima > Hiroshima > Himeji > Kyoto > Higashiyama > Nara > Arashiyama > Kawaguchi-ko > Mt. Fuji > Tokyo

Phew, it’s been some trip… so far! It’s night time and I’m sitting in the shadow of Mt. Fuji or Fujisan as he likes to be known. I only caught the briefest of glimpses of the gigantic mountain through dusky clouds as I arrived in Kawaguchi-ko. I already know I’m going to love it here. This series of posts was supposed to begin the second I arrived in my pokey Tokyo business hotel. But now, with two days left on my JR Pass, cramps in my feet, and an 11pm curfew at our minshuku, I guess it is as good a time as any to start writing it all down. Over the next few weeks you can look forward to: Continue reading