“Dubai… is that in Africa?”

My plane touched down in Africa just as the dirty orange sun was slinginging itself over the nearby skyscrapers, and proceeded to battle jetlag as I battled the crowds onto the train that would take me into the heart of the city. As it sped through modern buildings and past beautifully-manicured gold courses, I couldn't … Continue reading “Dubai… is that in Africa?”

Shanghai scumbag – a Row Row rewind

It’s as wet as a fish’s pocket outside, so my adventures this week will be limited to playing PlayStation and dancing around the house in my undies while listening to Pink. I don’t think anyone’s interested in reading about that (except the weird bloke across the street, who often stares through my window as I’m […]

Escape From Tokyo

There was a loud knock outside my capsule, and when I poked my head out I almost headbutted a policeman. He was crouched down in front of where I'd been sleeping, thrusting his Tokyo Police badge in my face. Behind him stood two other men, dressed in suits, arms crossed, stern looks across their faces. … Continue reading Escape From Tokyo

I was one hamburger away from spending three months in a Japanese prison

I loved my time in Japan, and had heaps of unreal experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It's a strange country full of strange people who do even stranger things, but it's also an exciting land that must be explored. There are mountains and beaches and temples and cities … Continue reading I was one hamburger away from spending three months in a Japanese prison

A Lonely Place to Die

The Japanese are a funny bunch. They love eating raw fish, go mad for baseball and hardcore pro wrestling, can't go a day without singing karaoke and are obsessed with giant robots. It sounds like an idyllic lifestyle, so it's surprising that their other favourite pastime is committing suicide. More than 70 people kill themselves … Continue reading A Lonely Place to Die

Searching for sailors in Yokosuka: Real life Shenmue locations

Back when I was a young fella, and still had hopes and dreams that hadn’t been beaten into submission, I spent my days wandering the streets of Yokosuka, Japan. I got into fights, rode motorbikes, chased crooked travel agents, and collected toys from capsule machines with my much younger friend Tatsuya Yamamoto. They were dark … Continue reading Searching for sailors in Yokosuka: Real life Shenmue locations

Kyoto – the Canberra of Japan

Kyoto has thousands of years of history, beautiful temples, and many links to a long-forgotten world when samurais roamed the land and ninjas chucked shurikens at any dickhead stupid enough to walk past. And while I respect that, I also found it to be one of the most boring cities I've ever visited. No, it's … Continue reading Kyoto – the Canberra of Japan

A ferry unusual evening

Japan isn't a big country, but you'd be bloody tired if you tried to walk from one end to the other. You'd probably also get attacked by wolves and Godzillas, so it's best to make the most of The Nippon's world-class public transportation network. Everybody knows about the bullet trains, but they're bloody expensive, so … Continue reading A ferry unusual evening