Joining Anisa on an early morning walk

Anisa had a habit of going to bed early and then waking up around the same time the sun came out (which, in Japan, is around the incredibly early hour of 5 am!). She then had breakfast and prepared her lunch, and when all her preparations for the day were finished, she went for an … Continue reading

Mimasaka’s Furumachi

One of the things Anisa had recommended, was going to the old town (Furumachi). I biked there and tried to find the ‘hipster cafe’ she had told me about. I returned home with some nice pictures but without ever finding that cafe. (She took me there some time later though.) Note: this area is nicer … Continue reading

Anisa’s inaka

After every post, Anisa tells me she didn’t do anything. And yes, she didn’t do much at all, but she was a great host who made me feel very welcome and that’s what counts. If she had tried really hard to make my stay great, then I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. But … Continue reading

More Mimasaka

These Mimasaka posts will last for a while, I took so many pictures in this awesome village! I can’t even post all pictures I took during just one walk in one blog post… Japan’s rural villages are simply amazing. There isn’t much to see, yet they’re so much beauty to be found! From rice paddies … Continue reading

Mimasaka: a bike ride in the afternoon

After lunch, I went looking for Anisa’s friend’s cafe, which she had shown on her little map. I tried to find it but to no avail. Too bad because it could’ve been another cool experience! So I biked around instead and took some more pictures of the breathtaking views. In the evening, we went to … Continue reading

Morning walk around Mimasaka

When I woke up, I found my breakfast in the kitchen, with a little note from sweet Anisa wishing me a wonderful day. She had drawn me a map with a few points of interest in the area, so after breakfast I left for a walk around the area. I walked around the beautiful rural village, … Continue reading

That day I met the most amazing girl ever

  After spending a lazy day resting my knee at Starbucks Tottori, I departed on another long train journey (to Chizu was an hour, then Ohara was 30 minutes) to Okayama’s inaka. Though Tottori already is kind of countryside, the views got more and more rural the farther away we went. Before I tell you about an amazing … Continue reading

Lazy in Tottori

Since I was expected at my next destination around 5 pm, I spent the rest of my day at Starbucks (which was apparently really new; Tottori prefecture didn’t have a Starbucks until a few months earlier), because I needed to rest my knee (part one of the knee story is here). Before deciding going to … Continue reading

Japan’s Desert

“Japan even has a desert!” is what I read somewhere a couple of years ago, and I thought, “Huh, what?! Where?!” and thus I read the article and found out about the Tottori Sand Dunes. Now, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but don’t let pictures like the ones above (or even better, … Continue reading