Karen Warren

About me

I am a writer of travel articles and fiction, currently working on my first novel.

From my website

Three Years On: Christchurch After the Quake

We had just arrived in Christchurch and were sipping wine in New Regent Street. It was a sunny day and people were spilling out of the cafés and bars and onto the street, finding a seat wherever they could. We looked at the carefully preserved early 20th century buildings, their…

Rain, Incense and Fortune Telling at Tokyo's Senso-ji Temple

The rain was lashing down and we emerged from the Asakusa Metro Station into a throng of umbrellas. The weather had done nothing to deter the crowds surging down Nakamise-dori, the street that leads to Tokyo’s Senso-ji Temple. The road was packed with market stalls piled high with everything from…

Finding Peace at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine

A few white robed monks were silently raking the gravel, and there was no sound but birdsong. We were in the Outer Precinct of the Meiji Shrine, a massive forest with trees of every species. The morning was bitterly cold, and there was hardly anyone about. A far cry from…

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