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Shinagawa InterCity

Shinagawa is one of the major stations on the Yamanote-sen. It also has platforms for the Shinkansen, Narita Express、Tokaido-honsen, Shonan-Liner and other local trains, JR and Keihin-kyuko lines. In total it has 15 JR regular…

Japan Earthquake

Latest click for Japan Earthquake March 2011 (photos in park) Latest click for Shibuya after the earthquake (life getting back to normal) Just had a strong earthquake here in Japan. Tokyo shook strongly, but everything looks…

Pokemon Yamanote Train

Each year at summer, Nintendo and JR hold a stamp rally for the kids. The stamp rally requires the children to collect rubber stamp imprints for each section of the Pokemon card which they can collect at most JR stations in Tokyo.…

Moe Konbu (kelp)

The latest product to promote itself with a Moe blend is konbu from the town of Erimo in Hokkaido. The brand named Seishun Konbu is using 2 characters, Misaki Erimo (みさき えりも) and Chishima Kirika (ちしま きりか) both cast as 2nd year middle…

Tokyo Figure Show

For those who haven't heard yet, the Tokyo Figure Show will be held from the Here is what Danny from Dannychoo.com has to say about this exciting show: Through the Tokyo Figure Show, I hope to expose the artwork of figures to a…

Kidney Stone 2

I thought I had better write this while the pain relief drugs are still doing their work. I just got back from the hospital and was told its definitely kidney stones. Looks like the earliest they can operate is 26th Aug, 2009. That…

Adidas Futsal Shibuya

The adidas Futsal Park in Shibuya has been in place for a few years now. I was asked by a reader to show some photos so here they are. The Futsal Park is always popular with either matches or training. It really is a good use of the…

Moe Temple

Moe has been used to advertise many products in Japan. It is said to have created economic value of over YEN 90,000,000 (about $100 million$1 billion) for the economy. Now a novel idea that is not so commercially driven has surfaced,…

Arashi Disney Concert

Arashi, the successful Japanese music group, will perform at Tokyo Disney Sea with Mickey Mouse on 20th November, 2009. The event called "Premium Night" will be held as part of the House Foods (ハウス食品) campaign which will see 3,525…

Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse that occurred today was hard to see for most due to the bad weather at the time. A number of keen photographers from Japan did manage to get some stunning shots of the eclipse though. Well done guys. These photos are great…

Gundam 00 Complete Best

The Gundam 00 Complete Best limited edition DVD went on sale on July 8th, 2009. I spotted this truck driving through Shibuya advertising ガンダム00. The Gundam name is said to come from the 2 English words of "gun" and "freedom" to…

Mansion Renovations

Condominium buildings in Japan are called Mansions. In some countries you might think a mansion would be set in a beautiful countryside estate with a huge building in the grounds. In Japan, a typical mansion will be a 10 story concrete…

J-League Soccer

Soccer became popular in Japan following the creation of the professional J-League and then the hosting of the Soccer World Cup in 2002. I was invited to a match between Tokyo Verdy and Tokushima Vortis on the weekend at Yoyogi…

Tiger v. Ishikawa, British Open

Ryo Ishikawa is considered by many in Japan to be the Japanese version of Tiger Woods. He hasn't won that many tournaments yet, but he has certainly developed a deep fan base that believes in his future. Still only in his teens,…

Google Android in Japan

The ads are starting to come out at the train stations for the new NTT docomo Google Android phone. This ad at Shibuya station says "ケータイするGoogle", A hand held Google. NTT docomo are battling it out against Softbank who are seeing…

Odaiba Gundam on Flickr

Yesterday, flickr featured the 1/1 Gundam statue at Odaiba on its daily blog. They have an English and Chinese version of the blog. My photos of Gundam were featured in the Chinese version. You can see more of my flickr Gundam…

Japanese Twitter Users

Social Networking in Japan Whilst there are many popular social networking sites in Japan, including Mixi, GREE, Ameba, Livedoor and more, one site from overseas that is starting to create some interest in Japan is Twitter. Twitter…

CGM Night 5

CGM Night 5 was held recently at the KDDI web communications head office in Tokyo. It was my first time to attend and thanks to Danny Choo and Andrew Shuttleworth, it was a very enjoyable night. I am a bit late in writing this, but…

Kimura Kaela

A new album is out by Kimura Kaela and it looks like she can afford to splash advertising all over Shibuya station. Due out today the album is called 'Hocus Pocus'. Kimura Kaela is hugely popular in Japan. She was born to a British…

Tokyo 2016 Project

Recently I have been busy working with 3 fellow J-Bloggers on a community blog project to support the Tokyo2016 Bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The site is called Tokyo2016Today.com My colleagues are Jill from kimonobox.com,…

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…

Bicycle Snack

As well as being big on technology, Japan has many world class architects and designers. Some of the design work is for buildings and public spaces, whilst other work is items we might not even have thought about. STORE MUU design…

NHK Olympic Concert

Sunday night, I attended the Olympic Concert 2009 hosted by NHK, at NHK Hall. With Tokyo bidding to get the 2016 Olympic Games, and the decision on that being announced less than 3 months away on October 2, 2009, there was plenty of…

Hatagaya, Olympics, Tokyo 2016

I was invited to an event held at the Fukuda kindergarten (福田幼稚園) in Hatagaya, Shibuya, over the weekend and attended with Shane Sakata from The Nihon Sun, a blog with great information on Japan travel. The kindergarten was…