UNCOMMON GROUND

I’ve read about this beforeI wonder if it feels like what I experienced deep in the Japanese countryside, meeting people that I don’t share a common language with. That feeling of wanting to explain yourself and show gratitudeYou scramble for words, but they just simply aren’t there.  It’s a frustrating feeling, one that really grounds you and makes you …

Van tripping through Japan

I have been lucky to have my Japanese visa extended until the end of September, and after spending an epic winter snowboarding in Hokkaido I decided it was time for a new adventure for summer. I bought a small but cute van with a bed set up in the back, perfect for solo camp trips. …

Empowering Women in Whisky: Remembering the Scottish Woman Pioneer of Japanese Whisky, Rita Taketsuru Part 2

Since arriving on the northernmost island of Japan - Hokkaido, in Autumn 2019 I very quickly felt at home. Was it the fact I had just spent a week in the biggest city on the planet indulging in the crazy and busy lifestyle of a Tokyoite, where everything was new and foreign to me, a …

Empowering Women in Whisky: Remembering the Scottish Woman Pioneer of Japanese Whisky, Rita Taketsuru Part 1

Mention the fact you are from Scotland to anyone anywhere in the world and they assume you were raised on Scotch whisky. Much to their surprise I, like most, have never really had the opportunity to appreciate the stuff. Sadly, even in Scotland it is still seen as an "old man's drink" mainly due to …