Spirited Away to Ginzan Onsen 銀山温泉

In December 2018, we took a 35-minute bus-ride from Oishida Station (four stops from Yamagata Station) to Ginzan Onsen. The road wound through snowy fields of farmlands, seemingly abandoned in the winter. The boarded-up houses, some with plastic sheets flapping in the wind, lent a post-apocalyptic desolation to the landscape. We alighted in a parking... Continue Reading →

Outdoor places to explore in Seoul

Seoul may seem kind of soul-less when you first get there; travelling from airport to city. Not much greenery, lots of drab concrete tenement-like buildings on the outskirts, then into the vehicular chaos of the CBD. But after a couple of visits there, I started discovering pockets of oases amidst the urban sprawl. Places where... Continue Reading →

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