JAPAN

I live in London now

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Hello everybody, it’s been a long while and I’m sorry for that. I’ve had a crazy year. A big year. A year of change. I finished up my work in finance in Sydney in March last year, and then in April left Sydney for an extended period of travel, and have been kind of on the road ever since. It’s been good. We’ve settled for the last six months or so in London, over winter. First off, Jess and I stopped in Japan for almost a month. If you have read this blog before you’d know that…

Tokyo is Yours

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Monocle Magazine (yeah, that’s right, I start off a post about the best city in the world with a reference to Monocle, whaddaya gonna do about it?) recently declared Tokyo, Japan, as the city with the best quality of life in the whole world for 2015. I haven’t lived there. So I don’t know. Perhaps I can’t pass judgement on this matter. One reason that Monocle seems to focus on is that Tokyo is a place that is not only great to live in, but is also a place that welcomes strangers into it’s chaotic rhythm without skipping a…

Guest Post – Ivan Does Tokyo

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This guest post is written by Ivan Langham, one of my fellow travellers on this most recent Japan trip, long time friend and talented graphic designer. Ivan & Matt had just returned from a brief sojourn to Seoul; here we find them reuniting with the rest of the squad for a few days of Tokyo madness. Enter Ivan. No trip to Japan is complete without a handful of action packed days exploring Tokyo. This was my second adventure to the bustling capital and by the end it was obvious that I still haven’t even scratched the…

Osaka & Nara

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Woke up, head pounding. Dizzy. Confused. Five hours sleep, max. After a huge day, flying from Sydney at 6am. Location; Shibuya, Granbell Hotel. Today we go to Osaka. What a night; that story perhaps another time. Suffice it to say karaoke was involved. We had purchased Japan Rail passes before we left Australia. These gave us access to all public rail on Honshu – most metro lines, as well as the shinkansen (bullet trains) between cities. So, we hopped on a train at Shibuya station around 10am bound for Osaka. These shinkansen run every twenty minutes,…

Okinawa Odyssey

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Okinawa was just what I needed. A gruelling two week whirlwind trip of Kansai and Tokyo had worn me out. I was coughing up sputum and dislodging orange-brown blockages from my sinus. The karaoke sessions in Shibuya and Shinjuku had not helped. Okinawa did help. On arrival & disembarkation the general steam of the Okinawan humidity started to clear me up. And it was hot. A hot, hot humidity. This, it must be noted, is my favourite weather. So I was forgetting my traveller’s illness already on the curb, trying to figure out how to get…

Kyoto by Cycle

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Recently I had the pleasure of doing something I did not ever think I would. I always knew that I would travel to many places, and perhaps stay in some of them for extended periods of time. However, I did not ever expect to return to a country for a tenth visit, ten consecutive years in a row. This year, I did just that. The country; Japan. Nippon. 日本. I could try and recount a chronological account of the trip, but I don’t want to do that. I want to treat each scene as it’s own chapter,…

Welcome to dylanmurray.com

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Somehow, you, journeyman of the internet, have come across my website. Congratulations to you. Perhaps it will be of some worth. I write of many things – usually on paper first, before it hits the screen. I’ve got quite a backlog of thoughts that will eventually make their way here, and who knows? Maybe they will influence your life in some small way. This website is basically to document my life as it happens. Have a read of this page for a  bit more in depth information about me. I write about my travels, hoping in…