Author: Simon Norton

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Read More »

A major J-League football stadium, Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium (de-branded as simply ‘Tokyo Stadium’ for the Olympics) has a capacity of 50000 and is home to FC Tokyo. It was one of the key stadiums in the 2019 Rugby World Cup …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

Kumamoto Egao Kenko Stadium Read More »

Higashi-Osaka’s Hanazono Stadium is one of the few dedicated rugby venues being used in 2019, and prides itself on being ‘the sacred ground of Japanese rugby’. There are little signs of rugby fever everywhere in the detail of the road signs …

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The 45,000-seat Toyota Stadium is home to Nagoya Grampus Eight football club (the J1 club formerly of Gary Lineker and Arsene Wenger fame), and one of the most architecturally impressive of the lot. Yes, it’s the same Toyota as the …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Read More »

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

Oita Bank Dome Read More »

A handsome little football stadium (capacity 25,000) discreetly tucked away within a residential environment, unlike the other two Kyushu rugby venues this one’s super convenient. You can walk to Level 5 Stadium in 25 minutes from Fukuoka Airport, which in …

Fukuoka Level 5 Stadium Read More »

Heading to a match at Osaka’s Hanazono Rugby Stadium? There’s a shrine (Yoshita Kasuga Shrine) dedicated to rugby near the stadium where players & fans of the local team Kintetsu Liners pray for success on the field – if you …

Hanazono Rugby Shrine, Higashi-Osaka Read More »

So I’m back in Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup (more on that here), and I finally made it to Tsukiji fish market! Even after living here for over a year, and having made so many visits to the city …

Tsukiji Market Read More »

Here are a few random Taipei smartphone pics that I posted on Instagram during my latest stint in Taiwan, thought I should post them here too because screw Instagram (I’m in Japan right now for the Rugby World Cup, see …

A few random Taipei pics Read More »

I’ve been back in Taiwan for a few months now, and most of what I’ve put on the blog has been new & updated hiking content (see here). But obviously I’m not hiking every day (just once a week usually), …

Life in Taipei: this and that Read More »

Apropos of nothing much, here’s a bunch of views of Taipei 101 all taken during hikes I’ve done in the 3 months since coming back to Taiwan. The weather’s generally cloudy here in spring so most of them weren’t taken …

Taipei hiking: a dozen views of Taipei 101 Read More »

I recently came back to Taipei and have been getting some hiking in before the insane heat & humidity properly kicks in (already starting to do so). Main focus has been to redo a bunch of hikes I did last …

Life in Taipei: hiking updates Read More »

Taipei was only founded in the late 1800s when Taiwan was part of the Qing Empire, and the city walls were pulled down a short time later in the early 1900s when Taiwan was part of the Japanese Empire. The …

Life in Taipei: the old city wall Read More »

Note: this post isn’t about how to actually teach the English language – for that start by doing a TEFL course. This post deals with your options when applying for jobs teaching English in Japan. A friend of mine was …

Teaching English in Japan Read More »

(This is a pretty depressing post to be honest, but if you’re where I was a few years ago, weighing up whether or not to go for it as a digital nomad full time travel blogger, you need to read …

The Truth about 3.5 Years as a Struggling Digital Nomad Read More »

So recently I found myself back in a place I never wanted to visit again – heartbreak. Lovesick. Depressed and moping around, kicking myself for not making better decisions. In any life you’re going to get those ‘sliding doors’ moments; …

Sliding Doors Read More »

So one Sunday afternoon a few years ago while living in the Ikebukuro Honcho district of Tokyo my hungover ass was woken up far earlier than intended by the sound of drumming and rhythmic shouting coming along the street: A …

A Local Shrine Combat Festival in Ikebukuro Honcho (Tokyo) Read More »

When I was living in Tokyo a few years ago I sometimes used to walk half an hour from my place down to Ikebukuro if I needed to do a little shopping or whatever. On one occasion as I got …

Photos of an Ultra-Nationalist March I Witnessed in Tokyo Read More »