When in Hiroshima: 6 Things You Need to Know About Okunoshima, Japan’s Island of the Rabbits

Once off the radar (literally), the fairly secluded Okunoshima 大久野島, otherwise known as Usaghishimaうさぎ島 or Bunny Island, first gained Internet fame in 2014 when a video of a tourist swarmed by dozens of hungry, feral rabbits went viral.

Since then, the island has become synonymous with these cuddly, gentle beings, and a must-visit for rabbit lovers. But before you pack your bags and head for this underrated paradise, here are six things you should know about Okunoshima before you go:

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When in Kagawa: Naoshima and Teshima – Visiting Japan’s Art Islands in the Seto Inland Sea

Situated on the Seto Inland Sea, the rural islands of Naoshima and Teshima have been heralded as a mandatory pilgrimage by many contemporary art lovers. Home to creative museums and quaint art districts, the islands also play host to the Setouchi Art Triennale which takes place every three years.

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While Yayoi Kusama’s wildly iconic Yellow Pumpkin sculpture has captured the attention (and cameras) of more casual explorers, it is certainly not the only reason Naoshima and Teshima should be included on your itinerary if you are travelling around Kagawa!

Check out my other posts around Hiroshima:

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When in Hiroshima: Bakudan-ya Honten ばくだん屋 @ Naka Ward – Slurp Up Hiroshima Style Tsukemen with a Fiery Dipping Sauce Around the Corner from Okonimimura

While Hiroshima may be famed for her deliciously fat oysters and okonomiyaki, did you know that the city is also home to a unique style of ramen? Known as tsukemen, this dish is essentially a soupless version of the comforting ramen noodles we have come to know and love, paired with a bowl of thick dipping sauce to coat them noodles.

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Located a stone’s throw from the bustling Hondori Shopping Arcade 本通りショッピングアーケド and the famed Okonomimuraお好み村 in Naka Ward,  Bakundan-ya Honten  ばくだん屋 has been earmarked by many as a must visit for Hiroshima style tsukemen.

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When in Shanghai: 8 Street Foods Worth Trying At Least Once Besides Xiao Long Bao

One thing about Shanghai that stood out to me during my trip, was the incredible variety of street food. Step out of your house and you’ll easily find yourself spoilt for choice by the sheer amount of drool worthy creations. Best of all, you can grab and go most of them!

While xiao long bao is one of the first things that come to mind when recalling Shanghai’s street food, I thought I would compile a checklist of sorts for foodies to check out based on what my family brought me to during my very brief trip last month. Enjoy!

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5 Snubbed Travel Wonders in Singapore to Include in Your Itinerary (GoBear Invite)

A common misconception about Singapore is that we have less interesting travel spots to offer compared to our…larger neighbours. However, what we lack in size, we more than make up for with quirky, fulfilling sites and activities per square metre. At GoBear’s invitation, I’ve set out to prove our humble Little Red Dot is indeed more than shiny new buildings and shopping malls, to bring you 5 snubbed travel wonders to include in your itinerary!

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From Singapore to Penang: A Travel Bucket List (Traveloka Invite)

Believe it or not, I am one of a handful of Singaporeans who rarely explores Malaysia as a travel destination; I can count the number of times I’ve travelled across the Causeway on one hand.

Anyway, when Traveloka, an online travel e-commerce site in Southeast Asia, invited me to check out their flights and hotels from Singapore to Malaysia and Indonesia, curiosity got the better of me and I did a quick search on their flights from Singapore to Penang for the month of June. Holy smokes! A one-way airline ticket goes as low as RM 82! What have I been doing all these long weekends?

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So, I’ve decided to do something different this time: instead of chronicling all the places I’ve travelled to, I’ve created a travel bucket list of all the things I want to check out if ever I hop on a quick 1.5 hour flight from Singapore to Penang. 

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