It's more than a few furlongs from Avondale Racecourse to a 17th-century Shinto shrine in Nikko but the link is strong, writes Dean Parker "Now the balloon's up and they're under starter's orders," I barked. "Regal Monarch, the... " />

Nikko: Westie meets east in Japan’s town of Shinto shrines, two-hours from Tokyo

It’s more than a few furlongs from Avondale Racecourse to a 17th-century Shinto shrine in Nikko but the link is strong, writes Dean Parker “Now the balloon’s up and they’re under starter’s orders,” I barked. “Regal Monarch, the…