28 May, 2019 in Singapore

My last visit to Singapore I was hosted on the far western side of Singapore in the NTU campus area, near the border with Malaysia. Most of the Singapore attractions are far away from that area but there’s one attraction that’s really worth visiting – Singapore Botanical Gardens. It features Chinese gardens, Japanese gardens, and […]

18 Jun, 2016 in Limburg
Japanse Tuin Hasselt (20)

On my first visit to Hasselt, a small city not too far away from Maastricht to the west in the Belgium Limburg, I went to see the local Japanese gardens (Japanese Tuin). When parking the car I already realized there was something going on and upon arriving at the garden entrance it became clear that I was […]

21 Nov, 2015 in Champaign Urbana
Japan House UIUC Champaign Illinois (15)

Champaign, Illinois. A little town a bit off the main tourist areas, 3 hours down from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, and about 3.5 hours from Saint Louis. People who visit Champaign usually do it for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a well-known high rank mid-western university. I admit there isn’t much to […]

28 Jun, 2015 in San Diego
Balboa Park - San Diego (4)

Much to see and do in San Diego’s Balboa Park. It has an amazing array of top notch museums, a large zoo as well as gardens and restaurants, and depending on your preference you can either spend a few hours wondering around or a few days visiting all the museums and gardens. I skipped most […]

25 Jan, 2015 in Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden - Saint Louis (14)

Dating back to 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. There are quite a few things to see and do in Saint Louis, and together with the world famous arch this was definitely one of the highlights in my very short visit in the […]

3 Dec, 2014 in Kyoto
Murin An - Kyoto-003

The Kyoto temples are not just a place of worship, they are a place of beauty, contemplation, and spirituality. In almost every temple is a gorgeous Japanese garden made to calm the soul, lift the spirit and provide peace and serenity. Close to the Kyoto Art complex, are two examples of lovely small Japanese gardens […]

26 Sep, 2014 in Kyoto
Tōfuku-ji Temple  Kyoto (1)

An endless collection of absolutely stunning temples all around Kyoto, it’s a magical city to walk around in with treasures in every street corner. Continuing my temple run is the relatively small and tranquil Tōfuku-ji Temple. The temple itself is free, but there are two gardens that require a ticket to go in, both charming […]

26 Aug, 2014 in Kyoto
Heian Jingu Shrine  Kyoto (2)

Kyoto is a city filled with charm. Shrines, temples, castles, historical districts, you can spend weeks going from one attraction to another. To get started with my quick explorations of Kyoto, I’ll begin with something rather mild – the Heian Jingu Shrine . It’s not the most famous, nor is it the grandest or especially […]

9 Aug, 2014 in Nara
Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens Nara (2)

Apart from world-class temples and imperial mansions, the wonderful deer-infested Nara Park in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara has a number of wonderful little Japanese gardens. While I was visiting the Japanese tourist bureau was trying to promote those gardens by offering free admission to non-locals and though I saw plenty of Japanese gardens […]

5 Apr, 2014 in San Francisco
Japanese Tea Garden - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco (1)

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese […]

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