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Mt Fuji Sunrise

I was lucky enough to have a game of golf near Mt Fuji some years ago, and today I could go back to the same course and see the sunrise from the base of Mt Fuji. Of course, it would be a whole different scene at the top, but looking…

Golf at Kasai

It is cold in Japan right now, but playing sports can help to keep you warm! I went for a bit of golf practice at Kasai Lotte range (about 30 minutes out of Tokyo) recently. Lotte is one of the bigger ranges in town and is normally very…

Night Golf, Chiba

Before the heat of the summer arrived, I went out for a game of night golf in Chiba with some friends. The course was about 1 hours drive from the center of Tokyo and had excellent lighting for night golf. The cool breezes coming over…

Japan Ladies Golf Fashion

Japan golf is riding a new wave of popularity with Ishikawa Ryo in the mens section and now a group of women coming on to the scene who are changing the traditional views of golf wear. One such newcomer to the womens field is…

Shinagawa Golf Center

I came out to the Shinagawa Golf Center at Oimachi to have a hit of golf. Oimachi is one station down from Shinagawa on the Keihin-tokhoku Line. The range is close to the station and not that expensive. The booth cost 300 yen to hire…

Tiger v. Ishikawa, Presidents Cup

Ryo Ishikawa has been added to the team for the Presidents Cup by Greg Norman. In the first round match he will be paired with Australia's Geoff Ogilvy against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Ryo Ishikawa is considered by many in…

Golf at Koga Links

This weeks golf was at Koga Golf Links Club in Ibaragi-ken (茨城県). Most courses in Japan are built in the mountains which means a lot of walking up and down hills. In contrast, the Koga Links course is built by the riverbed and is nice…

Tokyo2016Today.com

Tokyo2016Today.com is a site focused on showing stories about Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympic / Paralympic Games. As some of you know, myself and 3 other Japan Bloggers have been writing stories about Tokyo's bid for the last few…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…