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Day 44: Marugame

MIMOCA

The decision to have a rest day in Marugame (丸亀市) turned out to be a good once since it rained all day. I’ve been pushing myself to take advantage of the recent dry weather and I don’t think my body could have taken me far anyway. Read more

Waibaidu Bridge

Smoggy Shanghai

Back in February I spent Chinese New Year in Shanghai and, having eaten more than my fair share, decided that brisk walk was in order. Heading to The Bund we took a leisurely stroll along North Suzhou Road. Read more

Oi Man Estate in Hong Kong

Oi Man Estate, Hong Kong

In the 1950’s Hong Kong had a problem – facing a surge of immigration from Mainland China it didn’t have enough affordable housing stock. In 1953 the problems were compounded when a fire burned down a large slum area in Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, leaving thousands homeless. Read more

Everyday Usability in Japan (Part 3)

Japanese Vending Machine

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series we looked at some of the intriguing aspects of the way people’s everyday lives are affected by design in Japan. Whether the result of a lone designer with a singular focus or a meddling committee with a medley of requirements it’s fascinating to see how other countries have approached the same challenges. Read more

Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum

I’ve posted about a number of Tokyo museums over the past few months (sorry if this is getting boring) but among my favourite has to be Nezu Museum (根津美術館) in the decidedly ‘old money’ neighbourhood of Aoyama which combines a stunning modern building with a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. Read more

Tokyo Neighbourhoods – Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka

Since Tokyo is so spread out, one of the best way to explore its many interesting spots is by bicycle. On a recent two-wheeled jaunt around where I live in northern Shinjuku I came across Kagurazaka (神楽坂), one of the city’s oldest and lesser-known neighbourhoods near Iidabashi Station. Read more