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    When visiting Izumo Taisha I tried the well known Izumo Soba. It was a little dry but otherwise quite tasty.
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    On a hot summer night in August while visiting Fukuoka, I took a walk to find some ramen. There are many yatai, or roadside stalls, in Fukuoka city and the summer is peak time for them to do business.
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    Snapped this shot from the train window the other day, showing an Anpanman train.
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    The night view of Tokyo is always quite colorful in a tasteful way. There is neon, but its not over the top, there are lights but everything seems to blend and match wonderfully. Here is the scene looking back at Kachidoki Bridge.
  • I came across this new vending machine at the station. It looks like its modeled on a big iPhone. You just point at the picture of the drink you want rather than clicking a button underneath an empty can. This was the busiest vending [...]
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    I have been traveling locally in Japan recently, in Nagoya, Kobe, Okayama and Hiroshima, basically following the line of the Shinkansen. There are lots of photos to put up from the various places I went to including Ise Jingu, Izumo [...]
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    This restaurant in Shibuya, Spain-zaka is celebrating the win!
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    I was thinking of Hawaii at lunch time and decided to grab lunch at Kimuraya in the Ginza. They served up a pineapple ice tea which was delicious. I wish I was in Hawaii now !
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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.
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    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 [...]
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    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 [...]
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