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Japan Photo Videos

Recently, I have been looking at a way I can show more of photos of Japan as videos for those people who follow me on YouTube. I found a service by Animoto that allows you to automatically create videos and add music tracks that have…

Showa Drawings

Came across these wonderful drawings in a small museum in Yokohama that depicted the Showa era of Japan, a time when people were struggling to create the Japanese economic miracle. I thought the drawings captured the essence of Japan…

Chirimen

Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique that was first developed about 500 years ago. The cloth fabric that is made using this technique is also known as chirimen. I came across this wonderful display of chirimen foods…

Tokyo Station Kimono

There are some great shops at Tokyo Station. I showed you some photos from a few of the stores on Character Street before. There are also plenty of souvenir stores, food stores and recently I found this kimono rental store. If you…

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Sorry Day, Gomenne

The Japan Anniversary Association has recently designated December 10th as "Sorry Day" or Gomenne no hi (ごめんねの日). It is not a National holiday. The Anniversary Association register themed days throughout the year to promote the culture…

Japan Christmas Bear

Spotted this Christmas Bear on the train heading towards Makuhari the other day. I wonder if bears ride for free? I saw this about the same time I posted on the Tokyo Live Blogging site at Dannychoo.com talking about pets on trains.…

Brutus Magazine

I have introduced some articles from Brutus Magazine before, but wanted to take a special look at this the current edition out. The edition selling from Aug 15, 2009 is titled "Re-discover Japan". The magazine contains some stunning…

Haneda Airport Jinrikisha

ANA has started a Jinrikisha service for passengers at Haneda Airport. Once you have cleared the security check and you are making your way to the terminal gate, the staff will ride you and your luggage in style for free. The service…

Dancing in the Park

The weekend is always a busy day in Yoyogi Park .There are plenty of people out strolling, picnicking, playing ball and generally having a good time. You will also often find some street dancing going on which can provide a unique view of…

Tokyo Magic Shows

A while ago I visited a number of different magic show "spots" in Tokyo. I recently saw two of the places I visited advertised in this guide book (TOKYO 夜遊び達人), Experts Guide to Tokyo Night Life. This book is for sale for YEN 580…

Twitter Japanese platform with adverts

Update: Just discovered this wasn't new, but has actually been going on for 1 year. I saw it today and thought it had just started. Thanks to @serkantoto for pointing this out. It is interesting to note that a year has gone by and we still…

Inside the locker room

Having spent four hours on the golf course staring at Mt Fuji most of the time it was nice to get back in the clubhouse and hit the locker room for a Japanese bath. For those who haven't been to a golf club in Japan I thought it would…

First Class Capsule Hotel

Many people who have been to Japan have heard about the capsule hotels where you have barely enough room to crawl into your space for a nights rest. The capsule hotel became popular during the bubble years when land was at a premium and…

Thanks to NY Times

The online edition of the NY Times, Opinion section, carries a blog by Ben Schott focusing on the words of our times. Ben makes a review of the latest new words that are becoming popular in the mainstream media and public. Gyaku-choco…

Yokohama Y150 Events

This year, 2009, marks 150 years since Japan, from the port of Yokohama, opened to the West in 1859. To celebrate the occasion, Yokohama is hosting a series of events over a period of 5 months starting in late April through to the end of…

Spring on its way

The weather doesn't feel like it today, but Spring is upon us. In Shibuya, the Sakuragaoka area is getting ready for a festival. The Cerulean Tower are putting on a display of Hinamatsuri, Doll's Festival, which is held every year across…

Face Masks – How do you choose?

The face mask is a common site living in Japan through both the winter months and through hayfever season. Your initial reaction may be to run when you see someone wearing the mask in case they might pass on to you whatever illness they…

Tokyo Rainbow Bridge Walk

On Sunday March 1st the Rainbow Bridge connecting Shibaura and Odaiba will be closed to allow the general public to walk across the bridge in a walk festival. The event is said to be in aid of: building excitement for the sports…