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    I have been thinking about moving to Australia or the US recently. I took a trip to Australia and had a look at some opportunities. I will visit New York later in the year. Not sure where I will end up yet, but have taken the advice of [...]
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    If you get into any trouble on the metro, just scan this bar code into your mobile phone (maybe not an iphone) and get a hotlink to the help line. Interesting idea. Do you have metro hotlines in your part of the world or do the offices [...]
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    Coming back from Australia, I found this character at Narita Airport, on standby for photos with travelers. The cape looks a bit like a flyboy, but I’m not sure what the glasses are for? Does your local airport have any theme [...]
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    I am in Australia this week and have been without internet coverage for a while. Before leaving from Narita Airport last week I came across these great robot cleaning machines named Narita-kun and Epo-chan, for Narita Airport. I should [...]
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    The TWR, Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Line, is celebrating its 500,000,000th passenger, which rates it right up there with Facebook ! Not sure whether Facebook are having similar celebrations, but I bet they didn’t invite [...]
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    A reader, exclusivejdm, sent me this picture via Twitter, they took driving down the Route 246 on their way to Numazu, Shizuoka. The Route stretches a long way out of Tokyo all the way down South to where you can get a good view of Mt [...]
  • I took a walk around Yamashita Koen in Yokohama today after having lunch at Chinatown. The park was teeming with people enjoying the start of Golden Week and the good weather. This gentleman was painting the scenery in the midst of it all.
  • McDonalds has been renovating a number of its stores recently, and yesterday many of their Shibuya stores were opened to the public to reveal the new look.
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    I have been busy this week with getting my visa extension application organized. I have a business management / investment visa, which means there is a bit of documentation required on the company side for extending the visa. I had [...]
  • Caught this signboard for the new Hello Kitty green tea latte drink at the convenience store. The packaging is fantastic. Maccha Latte 抹 Ma 茶 cha ラ La テ te
  • A friend shared these 2 photos with me from their outing to Hamamatsu-cho (浜松町). Hamamatsu-cho Station on the Yamanote Line is undergoing redevelopment at the moment. A number of new buildings have sprung up on the North exit. You can [...]
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    With the rain in Tokyo coming after such a warm day yesterday, the Sakura trees were having a hard time figure out whether to bloom or fall. It looks like this coming weekend may see the start of some nice sakura fubuki shots. Sakura [...]
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    Public toilets in Japan can either be very clean or very dirty. It depends where you are and who is in charge of looking after them. You can also be confronted with squatting style Japanese toilets or the sitting variety Western [...]
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    I went out to Ueno Park today to see the Sakura, which are at full bloom. As expected it was crowded with people enjoying the fine weather. There were many groups camped under the trees eating and drinking, with many more walking down [...]
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    April 1st every year is the start of a new financial year for most Japanese companies. Newly hired employees normally start work on this day, and you can see them out and about in their new suits trying to blend in with everyone. With [...]
  • Sakura season means lots of picnics and hanami. These kids are learning the tradition fast. The weather is a bit overcast today, but they seem to be enjoying their time under the sakura tree eating their snacks. Do you normally go [...]
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    Sakuragaoka-cho is located close to Shibuya Station just on the other side of Route 246. I have lived and worked here for a number of years, and it feels like a second home, or maybe it is my first one now. Although, I now live in [...]
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    I visited this donut cafe, Marui-to that had opened a while ago in Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya. They make the donuts on the premises and have many different variations to try. The donuts are small so you can select a few ^^. Are you a [...]
  • There are so many great foods in Japan to choose from. At close proximity you can find French, Italian, Spanish, US, Chinese, Indian and many more. Here is a quick selection of some eats I had yesterday. The scribble notes here refer [...]
  • The Yamanote Line auto doors are due to start operation soon. I wrote a few weeks ago about the electronic doors being installed at Ebisu and Meguro. This is an update showing the door panels now in place at Ebisu station. Do you have [...]
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    1,000 Yen lunches used to be the benchmark for office workers to seek out in order to budget for their daily meal. With the economic downturn and deflation, the 500 Yen lunch has now started to become popular. There was a program on TV [...]
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    Eggs’nThings Japan has opened its first store in Harajuku and is already proving popular. The brand is well known with Japanese that have traveled to Hawaii and tasted the local Eggs’nThings pancakes and omlettes in [...]
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    There was a fire drill at some office buildings in Shinagawa today. As I was passing, I noticed this fire tent, or fire house, that had been set up. The sign on the tent says that it is a “smoke experiencing house”. No [...]
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    On my trip to Akita-ken I captured this guy sitting in the middle of the road with the matsuri going on around him, downing a hot bowl of instant ramen. What is your favorite ramen flavor?
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    The Yamanote Line is going to have automatic gates installed on all its platforms over the next few years in an attempt to prevent passengers falling on the rails and delaying services. The installation of the gates will be done in [...]
  • The Yamate Tunnel is due to open at the end of March 2010, helping to provide a second circular road for highway traffic in Tokyo. This section of the road includes a very interesting tunnel and ramp known as Ohashi Junction. Today was [...]
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