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Mountains and valleys, final part

Day 6, 5th November 2003 Up at a reasonable time for breakfast, then shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and a change to a ‘limited express’ to Takayama. A stunningly beautiful journey through the mountains. The autumn colours are at their … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, Days 6 and 7

Day 6, 5th November Up at a reasonable time for breakfast, then shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and a change to a ‘limited express’ to Takayama. A stunningly beautiful journey through the mountains. The autumn colours are at their magnificent … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, Days 4 and 5

Day 4, 3rd November, Nara Off to Nara today by coach. Drove through forests of bamboo, and in every hamlet persimmon (kaki) trees – leaves bare but with the large orange fruit still festooning the branches. There’s a Japanese saying … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys Day 3

Day 3, 2nd November, to Kyoto A very early start to catch the bullet train. Luggage space on these trains is very limited, so ours is transported by truck, taking most of the day to get to Kyoto, while we … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, temples and gardens, Day 2

Day 2 – 1st November, in Tokyo An excellent city tour today, led by Smiley, who fills every minute of every journey with facts and figures about Japanese history, religion, culture, language and way of life. We start at the … Continue reading

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Broadening the mind

is what travel is supposed to do, but does it? Unequivocally yes in my case, whether it’s been staying in gites in various parts of rural France, driving between guesthouses in the Black Forest and environs, or getting to know … Continue reading

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Spreading haibun

When I went to Hawthornden in 2013 with the idea of seeing if I could write a book-length collection of haibun, there were very few UK poets writing in the form. While I was there, my fellow writers became interested … Continue reading

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