Fukuoka: The Japanese City of Pastels and Silence

This week I took some time over Korean ‘Seollal’ (Lunar New Year) to travel to Fukuoka, Japan. If you haven’t been keeping up with my life in South Korea, be sure to follow my main blog Jo So Ko. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I have travelled to Japan on many occasions (this being my sixth time) … Continue reading Fukuoka: The Japanese City of Pastels and Silence

Leandro Erlich at Mori Art Museum 森美術館

I was just about to trash all of these photos from my laptop to make way for more photos, but I was suddenly reminded of this amazing exhibition that I saw this January in Tokyo. I was first introduced to Leandro Erlich’s work in Kanazawa after seeing his infamous ‘Swimming Pool’ installation back in 2015. Three years later, I chanced upon his solo exhibit at … Continue reading Leandro Erlich at Mori Art Museum 森美術館

Jopan’s Top 5 Japanese Art Sites(ジョパンのトップパイブ日本の美日間)

1. Naoshima Sculptures Read my previous posts about Naoshima here and here! 2. Art House Projects, Naoshima There are lots of little galleries and art sites hidden away on this tremendous island and you must visit them all!!! I hired a bike when I got off at the ferry in Naoshima and explored the island that way! If you want to know how to get … Continue reading Jopan’s Top 5 Japanese Art Sites(ジョパンのトップパイブ日本の美日間)

I have a habit of getting lost (私は迷子になる事習慣があります)

My days typically start like this: I decide I want to go somewhere, I look up decided location online, I memorise the route with my goldfish brain, I set out to said location and immediately forget where I am going and continue to walk around until I happen upon the location by chance. I usually get to the right part of town with my memory … Continue reading I have a habit of getting lost (私は迷子になる事習慣があります)

Christmas Flea Market in Kyoto (クリスマスの日〜京都のフリーマーケット)

This Christmas we traded Jesus Christ for fried octopus balls and Japanese handmade ceramics. Being a grown up human lady, this was not a difficult trade as my belief in Mr and Mrs Claus disintegrated many a year ago (along with my hopes and dreams). Nah, just kidding, that was a cheap joke. Sorry, mum. In all seriousness, it was a nice shake up to … Continue reading Christmas Flea Market in Kyoto (クリスマスの日〜京都のフリーマーケット)

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

I had this sudden urge to start writing my blog in Japanese but it’s hard enough to string my English into comprehensive sentences so I think we will stay cool and keep this English train going. Speaking of trains, last week we caught one to Kanazawa! The last time we went to Kanazawa (2015), the train situation was a relatively new one and we felt … Continue reading 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

Dotonbori, Osaka (道頓堀、大阪)

Two words: lights and people. Two things Dotonburi has a plentiful supply of at night time. I’m sure there are lights there during the day time but I’m assuming most of the external lights come on at night. I felt like I was in a little European city that just happened to be full of Japanese restaurants and Japanese people and also happened to be … Continue reading Dotonbori, Osaka (道頓堀、大阪)

Arriving in Kyoto (京都に着いて)

There is never a dull moment when I travel with my mum. As soon as we dropped our bags in our Kyoto hotel (well, I suppose our bell boy did the heavy lifting for us), mum was ready to go fabric shopping. She wasn’t phased by the early wake up time for our flight, the flight itself including the additional two hours of sitting on … Continue reading Arriving in Kyoto (京都に着いて)

Kobe Animal Kingdom(神戸動物王国)

After arriving from Seoul in Kyoto, my family and I decided that it was probably best that we spent our first full day in Japan petting animals and watching pelicans fly – which came as a complete shock to me too when I found out that they could fly. They just have such large beaks, it didn’t seem like it was in gravity’s plan to … Continue reading Kobe Animal Kingdom(神戸動物王国)

I went back to Naoshima for a day (1日直島に帰った)

I’m back in Japan after a gruelling two year hiatus from the country. I have many a photo to post from the things I have been up to while here but I was desperate to share these photos from Naoshima. A few blog posts ago, I posted photos from my visit there in 2015. Unfortunately we didn’t get much time to travel around because we … Continue reading I went back to Naoshima for a day (1日直島に帰った)