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New recruits accomodation survey

In a year of economic downturn, this years group of university graduates looking for a job must be finding things very tough. Companies seem to be busy cutting jobs rather than hiring new new staff so the graduate pool have to find ways…

Ear Cleaning Service

You can find almost any kind of service in Japan from the mundane to the obscure. This is the land of maid cafes, muscle-building theme parks, cosplay and pet rental services by the hour not to mention the rental plastic sex dolls. I…

Omron Fitness for Mobiles

Omron have brought out a set of digital scales that not only measure your weight and body fitness but also allow you to capture that data on your mobile phone and chart your data. The product is called BI-LINK for mobiles. It is available…

YouTube on my home TV

I have obviously had internet access at home for some time now, but tonight I feel as if the internet has arrived at my home for the first time. I bought a Panasonic Blue-ray DVD player, not because I bought into the blue-ray hype, but…

Solar Bear – Odaiba

The Solar Bear stands outside of the entrance to Mediage at Odaiba (お台場) in Tokyo. It represents the threat of dramatic climate change. The statue has a question attached to it asking "As the ice melts at the North Pole the Sky and the Bear…

Tokyo Tower Magazine

Tokyo Tower was opened on 23rd December 1958, over 50 years ago. It is enjoying a revival at the moment with internal renovations, new merchandise, new events and a new magazine, The Tokyo Tower Magazine. It is priced at 980 Yen and is…

iPhone Earthquake Application

The iPhone has not proven a big hit in Japan but that has not stopped a number of applications that were popular with the imode range of phones being ported to the iPhone. Here is a free application made for the iPhone that shows the…

Odaiba Ume and Sakura Map

Nice touch of Spring here as the Ume blossom at Odaiba. Tokyo is set to have its first Sakura blossoming around the 22/23 of this month. Here is a really useful map that shows you the expected dates for the whole country. You need to…

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…

SDXC Memory Card targets 2TB storage

It is just a spec at the moment and pricing will certainly be a watchpoint, but the SDXC Association has announced they will be able to offer a 2 Terabyte smart memory card shortly. According to the Association: A 2 TB SDXC memory card…

When is Spring in Japan?

Whilst it sounds like an obvious question there is no real good answer for "When is Spring?". Traditionally we might look at crop cycles or blooming of new flower plants to define the changing seasons or other such events. In Japan it is…

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…

Home Service Company

Here is an interesting home service company that seems to be making a big push to the English speaking market as well as the Japanese one. They have a full line up of services ranging from walking your dog, doing your shopping, making your…

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…

Eating Healthy? Ask your phone

A balanced diet is the base of a good lifestyle. In Japan many television programs focus on food and cooking, explaining the benefits of different food groups and explaining healthy cooking tips. For those that live in big cities though,…

Sharp Ion plasmacluster

Having initially posted about this machine I bought, I see a lot of people searching for information about Sharp's Ion plasmacluster and thought it would be useful to add some more information about this. Original Post The original post…

LABI says “Thanks for dropping in”

If your wallet is anything like mine then you probabaly have a lot of members cards to various places. It would be nice if all of these points could be accomodated on one card with an IC chip. Leaving that aside, LABI, Yamada Denki's…

Chocolate Underground Movie, Shibuya

The movie "Chocolate Underground" is set to open this Saturday (Jan 31) at the Shibuya Tsutaya Theater. Since Jan 16 the ads have been up in Shibuya promoting the animation movie which is an adaptation from the novel "Bootleg" by Alex…

Golf in Shibuya

Whilst many people are familiar with the driving ranges at Lotte Kasai or Jingu Golf Club, some of the smaller ranges often go unnoticed on the roof-tops of buildings throughout Tokyo. In Shibuya there is a range about 5 minutes walk from…

Walking Assist Robot ?

Just when you think you have seen everything in Japan along comes another gadget or gizmo that proves you wrong. For those of you who have not seen this before it looks very strange at first but then when you think of the applications for…

Cold riding your bike ?

It is winter in Japan at the moment and whilst it has not really been that cold for those who want to warm up while riding your bike here is the answer. I dont know whether the hot toilet seat came first or whether the hot bike seat has…

Plasma cluster Ion cleaner from Sharp

This machine is hot and was just released in Japan last month. I recently purchased a Plasmacluster Ion machine from Sharp. According to the maker the machine "emits positive and negative ions into the air, thus deactivating impurities."…