Cherry Blossom Footsteps

Adventures in Japan and Hong Kong


Twenty-something Lauren is on her first overseas adventure - to Japan, then Hong Kong, tracing the 1960s footsteps of her beloved nan.

This enchanting tale follows Lauren on a fun journey, through two vibrant Asian cultures. With an ancient history, modern life, new friendships and romance, Lauren’s is a story of discovery - of new lands, and herself.

What I love about Japan


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"A lovely time spent meandering through Japan

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