Everything Squid In Hakodate, Japan’s Squid Capital!

Hakodate is a port city in Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. Because of its history as a squid fishing port, the city has embraced the humble cephalopod as the official mascot. Squids appear everywhere in Hakodate – live squids in marketplaces, cartoon squids on manhole covers, squid ink ice cream, even dancing squids on your … More Everything Squid In Hakodate, Japan’s Squid Capital!

The Colourful History of Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral, the landmark centrepiece of Spain’s Andalusian capital, is a building with a long and very interesting past. The Spanish masterpiece has undergone numerous transformations and reconstructions since it was first built, leaving a fascinating multicultural monument. Today, it’s a wonderful building to admire for tourists and locals alike. Seville Cathedral is officially known … More The Colourful History of Seville Cathedral

Norway’s Epic Sword Monuments – Sverd i fjell

On the edge of Møllebukta Bay in southern Norway is a statue of three gigantic bronze swords, standing 10 metres tall. Sverd i fjell (swords in a rock) is an impressive sight as it overlooks the Hafrsfjord, and commemorates a critical historical moment in the unification of Norway. History of Sverd i fjell The statues … More Norway’s Epic Sword Monuments – Sverd i fjell

Hokkaido Milk – Inside The World Of Japan’s Dairy Industry

Hokkaido milk is known across Japan for its excellent quality and delicious flavour, often considered the country’s best milk. Known for its smooth, creamy, slightly vanilla taste, Hokkaido milk is probably most known for Hokkaido 3.6 milk, a full-fat milk product. Milk from Japan’s northernmost home island is also used to make some special treats, … More Hokkaido Milk – Inside The World Of Japan’s Dairy Industry

Japan’s Urinal Video Games – The Weird World Of The Sega Toylet

Japan is known for its high-tech toilets, with electronic control panels, retractable bidets, heated seats, and sound effects to mask the user’s sounds. But the most unusual (and fun) invention so far is surely the urinal video game, controlled by the player’s urine stream! Called the Sega Toylet, they can sometimes be found installed in … More Japan’s Urinal Video Games – The Weird World Of The Sega Toylet

Soaking Up Hakodate History In The Photogenic Motomachi Area

The Motomachi area of Hakodate is the city’s historic neighbourhood, where Japanese and Western architectures are uniquely blended into a mish-mash of styles. Hakodate, located on the northernmost Japanese home island of Hokkaido, was one of the first ports in the country to open its doors to international trade in 1854. Traders, consuls, and government … More Soaking Up Hakodate History In The Photogenic Motomachi Area

The Exact Centre Of Paris – The Point Zéro des Routes de France

Ever wondered where the exact centre of Paris is? Just outside the Notre Dame de Paris is a small bronze disc embedded in the stone. While most might walk straight over it without paying it any attention, this marker is actually quite an interesting hidden secret in Paris. The Point Zéro des Routes de France … More The Exact Centre Of Paris – The Point Zéro des Routes de France

The Real Meaning Of Tokyo’s Iconic Sakura Manhole Covers

Japan is known for producing some of the most incredible manhole covers in the world. Using artistic designs to celebrate a city’s culture, history, and industry, these street ornaments come to life with beautifully painted results. When it comes to Tokyo’s manhole covers, the most commonly spotted is the classic all-metal flower design. While not … More The Real Meaning Of Tokyo’s Iconic Sakura Manhole Covers

Goryokaku Star Fort – The Cherry Blossom Fortress Of Hakodate

Hakodate, in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is home to one of most unique fortifications in the country. Fort Gorokaku is a bastion fort, a western-style fortress characterised by triangular bastions, and a spectacular star-shaped moat. Along with Tatsuoka Castle in Saku, it is one of only two in the country, and by far … More Goryokaku Star Fort – The Cherry Blossom Fortress Of Hakodate