2012-10-29 13:44:16 by andy

Article submitted from Ken's blog,『Tokyo Life』 Namibia So I went to Namibia. Purely on vacation. Located in the northwestern area of southern Africa, Namibia borders along the Atlantic Ocean. From German to South African rule, Namibia is a young country that achieved independence in 1990. The origin of the name is the Namib desert, which occupies a large portion of the country. With a pop...


Visiting Copenhagen.

2012-10-29 13:42:22 by andy

This entry is from Ken’s blog, “Tokyo Life” Visiting Copenhagen. I Visited Copenhagen during a business trip. It is the capital of Denmark. The business part aside, I had quite a few stories from my time there and so I have decided to take note of them here. It's not exactly a deep or analytical piece, just fun stories from Denmark.   First of all, Denmark is in Northern Europe, in wh...


Safari Hotel

2012-10-29 13:17:53 by andy

This entry is from Ken’s blog, “Tokyo Life” Safari Hotel When tourists visit Zimbabwe, they mainly come to visit Victoria Falls, considered the largest waterfall in the world. However, because Zimbabwe has had a bad reputation (notably with the hyperinflation that persisted through February 2009), tourists tend to fly directly to Victoria Falls from South Africa and return immediately. Ho...


A 2500km journey across Zimbabwe

2012-10-29 11:00:49 by andy

This entry is from Ken's blog, "Tokyo Life" A 2500km journey across Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, located in Southern Africa. It is infamous for the exponential hyperinflation that continued through 2009, as well as the continuing regime of president Mugabe. However, Zimbabwe is gifted with a lush landscape and a gentle people. Historically known as South Rhodesia during the English colonial period, the...


Wander through a fantastical blue storybook landscape in Chaouen, Morocco

2012-10-29 09:16:43 by andy

By Guillem Oliver http://www.flickr.com/photos/guillemoliver/4295445690/ Hello, I am andy(@and_ex), and I enjoy walking through cities - I can spend all day strolling through the streets. Today I would like to introduce you to a city with blue streets irresistible to those who like exploring, Chaouen, Morocco! I am already getting excited just looking at the pictures, so pardon me if my wr...


The hill of Ngomakurira

2012-10-29 08:06:48 by andy

This entry is from Ken’s blog, “Tokyo Life” The hill of Ngomakurira Last time I visited Zimbabwe in June, the guide who showed me through Matobo National Park recommended that I visit the hill of Ngomakurira the next time I was in Harare...so I decided to go! The hill is located a little over 30km away from the town. With just about half a page on it on "Lonely Planet," this location is not...


Why are there so many English speakers in Finland?

2012-10-29 08:03:13 by andy

Living in Finland, it is surprising that the majority of people are able to speak English without issue. Not only students, but cashiers at the local supermarket, old ladies, my friend's parents, a passerby that I asked directions from... and in each case, they are able to speak fluidly with no accent.   Its quite mysterious. In Japan, even students who are diligently studying Engli...


Plitvice Lakes National Park, a beautiful emerald world heritage

2012-10-29 07:42:02 by andy

photo by Roybb95 Hello, its andy(@and_ex_) again! Today I will introduce everyone to a Croatian marvel filled with beautiful cascading lakes connected by waterfalls. These are located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, A world heritage site. This park is located in the Dinaric Alps mountain range, and is a part of the underground karst rivers. The water color is changes constantly bet...


A bonfire under a blue sky! The summer solstice festival of Finland

2012-10-29 07:03:28 by andy

Last Saturday, June 23rd, was the summer solstice in Finland. The night before, meaning on the eve of the summer solstice, there is a tradition of creating a large bonfire. It is said that the spirit world becomes closer during the night of the summer solstice, and evil spirits wander around. To ward off these evil spirits, the locals create a giant bonfire. The idea of a giant bonfire made me...


A journey to the Masai Mara National Reserve

2012-10-29 06:33:36 by andy

This entry is from Ken’s blog, “Tokyo Life” A journey to the Masai Mara National Reserve After 5 years of living in Africa, the time for me to return to Japan was coming closer. So, I decided to travel around Africa before I would have to leave, and took some time off in late September to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve. I spent two nights in Masai Mara, and one night in Nairobi (The c...


The summer nights of Finland

2012-10-29 05:58:56 by andy

June 21st, 2012 was the summer solstice. The days must have been getting very long in Japan. Finland is located at a very high latitude, in Northern Europe. Compared with Japan the amount of sunlight in each day is very different. I waited until late at night on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, in order to photograph the summer nights of Finland. This photograph was taken ...


Sleep below the stars on Star Beds at the Loisaba Hotel

2012-10-29 05:02:55 by andy

Loisaba Wilderness Have you ever wanted to place a mattress outside and gaze at the stars? During middle school, I would always put some blankets on the roof and watch the stars as I talked on the phone. Here, I will introduce to you the Kenya Loisaba Hotel Star Beds, where you can make these dreams come true! Of the 14 rooms that are available, only 2 have these Star Beds.   ...


Summer Vacation! The top 11 recommended tourist spots

2012-10-29 04:46:25 by andy

This article was submitted from Aoki Yu's blog,『HIBILOG』 Summer Vacation! The top 11 recommended tourist spots Summer has already come to an end for this year. Last year, I spent it meditating in India. I will never for get the experience. I visited many places during my trip around the globe. I have been asked many times of recommendations for people going on vacation over the summer, an...


Visiting Thailand.

2012-10-29 04:24:15 by andy

This entry is from Ken’s blog, “Tokyo Life” Visiting Thailand. From Nirobi, in Africa, I took a plane to Thailand for a short vacation. I spent a total of 60 hours in Bangkok and the surrounding area.   My impression of Asia is that the cities are comfortable to be in. There are plenty of developed cities in Africa, but to me they are not quite as comfortable as Bangkok, Hong K...