About Me

Welcome to Shiki Book!

Shiki Book is a travel blog about Japan.


Shiki (四季) is a Japanese word which means “four seasons” – and that’s what this is all about; Japan throughout it’s four seasons. I aim to give my readers basic information about flights, food, accommodation, learning the language, and much more.

In recent years there has been a lot of stigma surrounding Japan and the Japanese; how they act and how their culture is perceived, or even how the Japanese view foreigners. My hope is to change any negative view into a positive view. The Japanese are not as rigid as everyone seems to think they are. They also give foreigners a lot of slack! They don’t expect you to know all the customs, and they always appreciate what you do know. You could know 10 words of Japanese and they’ll call you an expert. Even doing something simple like eating with hashi (chopsticks) is really impressive to them.

This blog isn’t just for travellers! There are history lessons, photography, short stories based on my experience and you can send through questions, topics or even your own experiences to the Shiki Book email or Facebook page, located under the About me menu.

I have supplied a multitude of language learning databases and links to many other Japan related websites. I don’t have all the information here, but I can certainly help you find it elsewhere. If you are unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask by leaving a comment or sending me an email. I’ll get back to you within 48 hours.


A personal note:

I’m currently based in Queensland, Australia. My information is current according to my location – such as prices and distances, from here to Japan. Most of what I say has a touch of humility, enthusiasm and exaggeration (just to make it more interesting). Despite being violently biased towards Japan, I will always attempt to be honest about its downfalls. My hope is to share the wonders of the country that has stolen my heart. What I haven’t personally seen nor done, I have done research so as to give you the most updated and correct information as possible.

My name is Rivka – an Australian with a love affair for Japan. There’s nothing particularly special about me, or at least nothing particularly interesting that I can plaster here. I have pet cats. I’m engaged. I live in Brisbane. Nothun’ fancy.

I’ve been called Wapanese, Weeaboo and Japanophile in the past (which of course I don’t like, because they are used as derogatory terms). However, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with learning about other cultures and becoming aware about different countries, lifestyles and societies. I don’t try speaking Japanese to my peers, forcing Japan on other people or think Japan is better than the rest of the world.

I’m not a Japan elitist.

I just believe that Japan is a beautiful country and a great place to visit. You know what? So is Australia 🙂


Have I got something wrong? Did I miss any information? Do you have extra questions about what I’ve shared?

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