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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gifu: 7 Tips About the Gujo Odori Festival You Need To Know

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Non-stop dancing until dawn. This is the Gujo Odori.
Photo: Anette

Bon-Odori (A dance taking place during the Japanese Obon period) is a typical sight during summer in Japan, concentrating on mid-August. You can find these dances being held throughout the country, both in the bigger cities (here from Bon-Odori in Ebisu) and out on the countryside. Amongst them is the Gujo Odori taking place at Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡) in Gifu Prefecture, known as one of Japan's three most important Obon Odoris. Every night tens of thousands of people come together to dance to the songs of ancient times, with the sound of their geta shoes clashing against the pavement and tunes of shamisen filling the air. As you get closer to dawn the sounds around you intensify, and it is as if you can feel the spirits of an age long gone. This is a Japanese Obon festival you wouldn't want to miss out on.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

【Announcement】Update in Blog URL - From Adventures of Anette to Vikingess Voyages

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Some of you might already have noticed that the logo and looks of my blog has changed. And there are more changes up and coming; as of October 1st I'm planning to change the URL of this blog from to I hope the new blog name Vikingess Voyages will be easier to use, and that you'll still come back to join me for more exciting adventures in Japan and abroad.

For those of you who have been following my blog, please bookmark the new URL so that we can stay in touch.

Lots of love,

Friday, September 7, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Five Easy Rules to Stay Safe in Port Moresby

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Some parts of Port Moresby are more idyllic - here from the Koki Fish Market
Photo: Anette

While Papua New Guinea is known as a fantastic destination for diving, bird watching and exotic festivals the capital Port Moresby, also known as Pom City, is infamous for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The situation might not be as bad as portrayed by some international media, but if you’re visiting the capital it is still best to take some precautions to ensure that you’ll be able to go back home with only pleasant memories from your trip. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Kayaking at Walindi Plantation Resort

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The Walindi Plantation Resort seen from a Kayak on Kimbe Bay
Photo: Anette

The Walindi Plantation Resort offers a wide range of activities for staying guests, including bird watching, a trip to local towns and villages in the area, a hot spring river, volcano trekking, snorkeling and most famously diving. After our diving day trip onboard one of the resort’s diving boats we took a day relaxing at the resort and spent the morning trying out one of the free activities you can do while there, namely kayaking.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Papua New Guinea on a Budget: A guide to Kokopo Market

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The Kokopo Market is the place to go if you're looking for some cheap fruit
Photo: Anette

One of the things that make it difficult to travel in Papua New Guinea is that there are few options available for budget travelers. Domestic flights, hotels, and food are all within the same price range as a lot of western countries despite the standard of service is below what you can expect in nearby destinations. If you're looking for a local experience where you also can save some bucks it would be a good idea to spend some time visiting a local market. During my visit to Kokopo for the National Mask Festival, I took the opportunity to stop by the Kokopo Market for some fruit. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Diving Report from the Walindi Plantation Resort

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You can see various sea creatures lurking around in the waters around Kimbe Bay
Photo: Anette

Papua New Guinea is known for its world-renowned diving spots, and diving was also one of the main activities on the bucket list for things we wanted to do while visiting the country. After arriving in Port Moresby we took the first local airplane to Hoskins Airport in Kimbe where we were met by the Walindi Plantation Resort shuttle bus taking us the 1-hour drive to the resort. We were eager to dive into the pristine Papa New Guinean waters, so for our first day at the resort we signed up for a full day of scuba diving.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Papua New Guinea: An Introduction to the Tolai Tubuan's Kinavai Ceremony - National Mask Festival

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The Tolai Tubuans' Kinavai arrival at dawn by boat
Photo: Anette
To celebrate the diversity of its people, the province of East New Britain hosts an annual National Mask Festival in July where people from the tribes of Tolai, Baining, Pomio, and Sulka gather up to display their unique attires and dances (see also: 10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul). The festival commences with a ceremony called the ‘Kinavai’, where the Tolai Tubuans arrive at dawn in boats from the sea.

Papua New Guinea: An Introduction to the Tolai Tubuan 's Kinavai Ceremony

Friday, August 3, 2018

10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul

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You can see a large variety of exotic and colorful masks at PNG's National Mask Festival
Photo: Anette

The National Mask & Warwagira Festival is an annual event taking place in East New Britain where the local tribes gather to display their traditional attires and dances. In July I had the honor of seeing the festival first-hand in Kokopo, and have gathered 10 tips for those interested in visiting Papua New Guinea for the National Mask Festival.

10 Tips for Visiting PNG's National Mask Festival - Kokopo & Rabaul

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Guide To PNG's Sacred Baining Fire Dance - Rabaul

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The sacred Fire Dance of the Baining tribe - the first settlers on the Gazelle Peninsula
Photo: Anette

Papua New Guinea is a country that consists of thousands of smaller tribes, all with their own unique culture and often even language. If you visit the country a stop by one of their local festivals where you can see some of these tribes by yourself can provide a unique cultural experience and an excellent memory from your trip. During our visit to PNG my hubby and I traveled by local plane from Port Moresby to Kokopo to experience the National Mask Festival, and one of the biggest highlights of the festival for me was the trip into the jungle to see the sacred Baining Firedance.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

PNG: All You Need To Know About the Tavurvur Volcano Hike

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Tavurvur (the black peak in the middle) and volcanic orange sand
Photo: Anette

Tavurvur is often referred to as one of Papua New Guinea (PNG)'s most dangerous volcanos. The nearby city Rabaul, once known as the 'jewel of the Pacific', used to be the provincial capital of the East Britain island until an eruption from the volcano destroyed big parts of the city in 1994. Although its last eruption occurred as recent as in 2014, the volcano has become a popular place to visit for tourists to the area, and when we visited the island for the National Mask Festival it was a natural destination for a day trip from our base in Kokopo.

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A modern day shield-maiden who loves to explore the unbeaten paths of the world. From her base in Tokyo, Anette takes on both rural and urban challenges, and goes by the motto "No challenge too big, no adventure too small"!
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