Jeremy Zhao Blog


Hiroshima Highlights

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. While it was nice to walk through the cherry blossoms, it’s definitely heavy on one to think that a nuclear bomb was dropped where these...


The oddities of Japan part 3

The many flavours of kit kat bars.    Our ryokan’s toilet, the most advanced toilet in the world. Comes with heated seats, bidet, butt washing, pressure control, warm water option, and a sink.   ...


Nara-tives: Inari and Kyoto

Below are some pictures of our visit to Fushimi Inari-Taisha, where there’s the main Inari shrine as well as the hundreds upon hundreds of torii gates lined up. It’s quite a fascinating scene with...


The many videos of Japan part 3

View of Mount Fuji on the Shinkansen. View from the Shinkansen along the countryside. When it’s 5pm in Takayama, they play this song. Melting snow on the thatched roof cottages of Shirakawa-go. Just a...


Nara-tives: Koyasan

Koyasan is the centre for Shingon Buddhism founded by the great Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi Kukai. It’s a UNESCO site and a site for pilgrims as well. It’s about a two and a half...


Nara-tives: Arashiyama

Taking the JR train to Saga Arashiyama then walking for about 10-15 minutes, you can reach this small town with the beautiful bamboo pathway. The pictures below show how fascinating this place is. Arashiyama...


The oddities of Japan part 2

Where have I ever seen a Starbucks experience car in Canada?  8 different receptacles or social engineering as some would say (they just want to watch the world burn).   Cute little round dessert...


Nara-tives: Kyoto

Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for a significant period of time until the government shifted it to Tokyo. Here are some of the highlights from our time in Kyoto on the second...


The many videos of Japan part 2

Anime re-enactment Grease fan club Japanese ping pong on TV Tsujiki Market Cutting giant tuna Preparing sushi Morning work routine in Tamachi Asakusa Mini Asakusa water fall Bell at Ueno Park shrine


The oddities of Japan part 1

Moony man diaper brand.    Some parking thing.    There are a variety of scissor handle colours to choose from. Canada, where is my selection of scissor handle colours?    A variety of mobile...