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Rilakkuma at golf

Just catching up now on the photos from the golfing trip last week with Rilakkuma. The weather was not bad, the score not the greatest, but Rilakkuma came out pretty good in the photos. The course was just across the Aqualine…

Classic Mercedes

Found this classic Mercedes car on the street yesterday. I asked the owner if he would let me take a picture. He was kind enough to say yes, but I didn't feel I could ask him to drive down the street away from the lamp post.

Karaoke, Keeping it quiet

Most visitors to Japan have probably tried out Karaoke at some time, whilst those living abroad either have a local version of it or have at least heard of it. It is one of Japan's great export ideas. The home Karaoke boom never…

Rubbish

Rubbish in Japan, particularly the big cities, is always a problem. The biggest problem is, there is a lot of it. Then there is the issue of its disposal and how to get it ready to be thrown away. Most residents know that they have to…

Twitter, SNS, Blogs

This months issue of 日経TRENDY magazine, June, 2009 (yes, the magazines always seem to come out about 2-3 weeks before the actual month), carries a very interesting article on Twitter, blogging and SNS. It compares the contrasting styles of…

Real Estate slump?

After the bursting of the "Bubble Years" in Japan it took property prices a long time to stabilize. Some parts of Tokyo were more resilient than others, like Omotesando 表参道 and Aoyama 青山. I was passing by this place in Daikanyama 代官山…

Golf is never boring

I played golf in Chiba yesterday and for those following on twitter @Shibuya246 you will have seen some of the tweets live as I made my way round the course, stopping in for lunch after nine holes, as is customary in Japan, and then…

Cloud Patterns

I played golf today in Chiba and will be posting tomorrow details of the day which included a detour to the back of a police wagon for my friend after doing a bit of speeding on what we thought was a highway road. I managed to catch some…

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…

Making Photo Books in Japan

There are a lot of services on the web for making photo books, although many of them cost more to ship from the US back to Japan than the actual making of the book. I thought it might be useful to have a look at a book making service in…

Construction sites

Nearby to where I live there is a lot of construction work going on at the moment with new buildings being developed. Some are small, others are much bigger. It is interesting to see the small spaces that quite unique architectural…

Take Me Out To Golf

I recently wrote about the gaining popularity of golf with Japanese girls. Today, I received a promotion mail this morning from ALBA.Net, the publishers of the ALBA and REGINA golf magazines in Japan. They also run various golf competitions…

Golf at Mt Fuji

I recently had the chance to play golf at Asagiri Country Golf which is located right next to Mt Fuji. The views from the golf course of Mt Fuji were excellent, although there was quite a bit of haze about which made Mt Fuji appear a…

Building Design in Tokyo

This building always makes me think when I go past it. How did the architect convince the building owner this would be a good idea? How did they present this to the city planning organization? How did they get approval? How did they not…

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…

Boys Day, Mt Fuji

I went away on the weekend to play golf near Mt Fuji and just got back. On the way to the golf course I passed a rest area with parks and childrens play area. The other side of the road was a convenience store. From the carpark of the…

Golf Range, Marukobashi

I tried out a new golf driving range the other day on the banks of the Tamagawa River (多摩川) near Futagotamagawa. I normally visit the Kasai Lotte Range but wanted to get the feel more of being on the course than hitting with mechanical…

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…

Outdoor Live Jazz

I was walking up the hill at Sakuragaoka-cho when I came across this live jazz festival under the Sakura trees. Of course a Sakura festival is nothing without some treats to go with it. and treats are nothing without some…

Sakura in Sakuragaoka-cho

With the cold weather, the Sakura have taken a while to come out. Most years we tend to have one day which is really warm and the Sakura bloom quickly only to be washed away a few days later by the rain. This year, we haven't had a really…

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…

Golf gains popularity with Japanese girls

In the bubble years, the image of golf in Japan was one of wealthy businessmen paying exorbitant sums of money to be members of elite golf courses where waiting lists to play often extended over a one month period. More recently, a great…

Worlds Smallest Robot

Takara Tomy earlier this year released a new line of miniature walking robots called ROBO-Q. They are billed as the world’s smallest consumer robot standing at 3.5 cm tall. The robot is slightly bigger than a 100 Yen coin or about the…

Sakura on its way!

The prediction for Sakura to arrive in Tokyo this year was the 22 or 23rd of March. With the weather forecast for rain tomorrow, it looks like Monday 23 should be the best time for the Sakura to come out, at least in Shibuya. I took the…