Fushimi Inari Shrine

Welcome to the world famous Fushimi Inari shrine!

The photograph above is taken right outside the JR Inari station - the shrine is literally opposite the station! Perfect!

Fushimi Inari shrine is famous for its thousands of read torii gates (like the above) lining Mount Inari! There are estimates of over 10,000 gates in total, it's insane.

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Lady Gaga - 'Joanne' Review

After a few long, dark years, Lady Gaga has finally released her fifth studio album: Joanne.

Joanne is named for Gaga's aunt, her father's younger sister, who passed before Gaga's birth. Gaga believes she shares a deep connection with Joanne, and now not only does Gaga's album share the name; a particularly special track from the album does too.

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Today we are off to Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion!

Kinkaku-ji, an extravagant Zen Buddhist temple, is one of Japan's premier tourists spots.

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Welcome to Arashiyama!

Arashiyama is a popular tourist area on the outskirts of Kyoto, easily accessible via train services!

And when I say popular with tourists, I completely mean it! There were absolutely TONS of tourists about, including ourselves.

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Cloudy Afternoon in Kyoto

Welcome to the first of my Kyoto posts! We visited Kyoto twice whilst staying in Osaka! 

It's only a 30 minute train from Osaka to Kyoto, covered by your JR Pass! You can hop the bullet train just down the road! Amazing!

We only spent an afternoon in Kyoto, and as the weather was a bit rubbish, we just pottered about and headed to yet another Pokemon Center! Our second day was amazingly packed, so the next couple of Japan posts will be focused on all of that!

And one thing to note: Japan's public transport system is incredible and so user friendly...except for Kyoto. It was incredibly difficult, but we'll come to that in due course.

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Off the track (listing)


The best version of a song isn't always the 'regular' version. Take the first song in this list as an example, you always heard the Lana Del Rey x Cedric Gervais remix of 'Summertime Sadness' rather than the original! Both are great, that's not to say I don't love some Lana Del Rey on her own, I well and truly do.

Anyway, let's get on with it! This list includes remixes, covers, acoustic versions, other performances, anything that isn't the regular!

Lana Del Rey + Cedric Gervais - Summertime Sadness Remix

This reminds me of being freshly 18 and going out clubbing with my friends all the time to bask in being able to drink alcohol legally. This was on all the time that summer, and I always had it on repeat, even though I would usually take a Lana solo song over anything like this.

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Well I've just realised I've been calling it 'Dontonburi' for months instead of Dotonburi. Brilliant.

Dotonburi is one of the busiest areas in Osaka, it attracts tons of tourists to the Namba district. Dotonburi is a famous nightlife and shopping area, having once been renowned as a theatre lover's heaven.

It's illuminated like Times Square, making it quite literally....lit.

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A-Z of David

Inspired by my friend Jemma's recent post, I thought I would tackle the A-Z of X challenge!

I like to do a post like this every now and then, think about how satisfying/cringey it is when you find an old Facebook note (remember those?) or MySpace bulletin you saved before it automatically disappeared after 10 days. It's like uncovering a time capsule of you!

I'd like to hope I am far past the point where I look back and cringe at things I've said about myself in recent years, but I know that's a lie, TimeHop is a daily reminder of stupid things I've tweeted. But let's hope that the things I say here don't haunt me in years to come!

So let's begin with this gif I found of myself in Blogger's picture archives, there's a whole folder of gifs that either my phone or Blogger has made automatically? Weird. Especially as the pictures used are from a year ago!

A - Anime. I was massively into anime as a teenager, and I'm still really into it now! Anime definitely shaped those formative years, lead me into making some brilliant friends and lead me to loving Japan as much as I do.

B - Bastille.

I'm currently obsessed to a degree that may or may not be healthy. I'm sure my friends are sick of me going on about them, and playing their records when they're over! To be fair, I only own two records and they're BOTH Bastille!

C - Cosplay and costumes.

I've only really gotten into costumes in the last few years, but I'm made/put together a fair few now, including Star Lord, Indiana Jones, Rick Grimes, Han Solo, and my crowning glory, Obi-wan Kenobi! 

D - David. My first name! I also go by Dave, Davey, or the occasional 'DD' from a flatmate of mine. 

E - E 900. As in the Samsung E 900, that was one of my first ever phones, I loved it so much. I was going to get the D 900, but the E 900 had just come out and I wanted to be cool.

F - Five Guys. If it weren't so damn expensive, I'd eat there everyday. It actually came up on my Timehop recently that the Liverpool branch was announced a year ago, I remember texting everyone I know and dying inside. That cajun seasoning is what I want my cremated ashes to be mixed in with.

G - Game of Thrones. I bloody love it. I love the book series, I love the show. I can't get enough of it.

H - Halloween.

 My favourite holiday. I can't wait to have my own apartment again so I can decorate.

I - Indiana Jones.

I seems to be a very hard letter, so I'm just gonna go basic and go with my favourite film series. I made a blog post last January about how much I bloody love those films.

J - Juggling. My party trick is that I can juggle really well with 3 balls,  4 if I'm having a good day.

K - Ketchup. I hate it so much, I've tried to make myself like it, but it's just runny red water that's salt, sugar, and anything that isn't a tomato.

L - London. I love the city and wish to move there. My other choice is Liverpool, which I adore too. I will only live in cities beginning with L apparently.

M - Mad Men.

Another of my favourite shows, I'm nearly done with rewatching the series from the beginning! I started this in June, and now I have about 3 episodes left, and I'm going to cry as much as I did the first time!

N - Notepads. I have an insane amount, and I'm trying to put a ban on myself from buying more.

O - Orange. Orange is my favourite colour, and that may have a massive deal to do with my naturally orange hair. I know we all call it ginger, but orange sounds so much cooler.

P - Pokemon

Pokemon has had such a huge influence on my life, I can't even begin to describe the impact it's had!

Q - Quizzes. I love a good pub quiz, and I'm still convinced other teams cheated for us not to place in the top 3 for the Game of Thrones quiz my uni held.

R - Russia. I really want to take the trans siberian railway from Moscow, through Mongolia to Beijing. It's super expensive, I'm not sure if I'll ever get the chance, but it's towards the top of my travel bucket list, right behind Machu Picchu. 

S - Socks. As a kid I had a thing about my socks not being comfortable and would spend about 10-15 minutes every morning moving my socks around on my feet until they were perfect. It was a thing I did for far too long. 

T - Thomas. My surname that I don't use online for the fact that there are so many David Thomas' in the world, including my father. People often get my name backwards due to the fact it's just two names! I also get told that it's a very Welsh name, the Thomas side of my family does hail from Wales!

U - Unknown. U is a hard letter ok! I don't really have much of a fear of the unknown, I feel like I should probably be a little more afraid of it, but I dunno, it excites me instead.

V - Ventress. A severely underrated Star Wars character, she's sick.

W - Weasel. The Pottermore test gave me a weasel as a patronus. However the complete test, that has all of the questions instead of the few Pottermore selects, gave me a St.Benard! And since cartoons depict them as always having whisky on them, I think that's a bit more me, even if I do like the weasel.

X - Xylophone. I don't own one, but I'd like to.

Y - YAS. I love the word 'yas', especially accompanied by a gif.

Z - Zoolander. One of the best comedy films ever made, up there with Hot Fuzz and Bridesmaids.

Thanks for reading!

Kaiyukan Aquarium

When I last left you, we had just walked out of Osaka Castle's grounds! We were on our way to the world famous Kaiyukan Aquarium!

I had never heard of this place before, but it turns out it's a real big deal! It's known mainly for it's whale sharks! Just to highlight how incredibly massive Kaiyukan is, I remember looking at otters on the 7th floor

Enjoy some of Osaka's streets as we made our way there!

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Osaka Castle


The next stop on the great Japanese adventure! This was the view from our Airbnb, it was very small, but felt very Japanese. Once again I was sleeping on a futon, futons are so bloody comfortable! I loved it, my back has never felt better, of course whilst travelling to Hiroshima I pulled my back so badly that I had to buy some interesting Japanese creams for it and visit a physio once I was back in the UK, but that's a story for another time!

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