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Summer - October
November 11, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan
I haven't been very good at keeping up with writing about what I've been up to.  The hot humid Tokyo summer flew by with a visit from my mum and brother - we had a great time exploring the shrines and temples of Nikko and relaxing in a beautiful pension up in the woods with private wooden hot baths.  We also spent a couple of nights in Kyoto...
Placed by Gemma in my travels while teaching abroad

Niijima
June 20, 2010 - Niijima, Japan
Just before rainy season hit (or was supposed to hit - it really hasn't been that bad...) we headed to Niijima for a weekend away.  I was worried that it would feel like a rushed trip, but despite only spending just over 24 hours on the island I felt that I'd had a wonderful break from Tokyo. Niijima is another Izu island 3 hours from Tokyo by...
Placed by Gemma in my travels while teaching abroad

April and May: Golden Week
June 14, 2010 - Oshima, Japan
These months saw the end of a long cold spell and the start of some warmer weather.  They also included the Golden Week holidays which we had been eagerly anticipating.  For Golden Week we had chosen to go to Oshima - an island which though technicaly is still part of Tokyo prefecture is over 100km south of Tokyo and belongs to the Izu seven...
Placed by Gemma in my travels while teaching abroad