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I have been away for the last 5 days and have some photos to catch up shortly. Can you guess where I have been?

Japan Travels

I have been traveling locally in Japan recently, in Nagoya, Kobe, Okayama and Hiroshima, basically following the line of the Shinkansen. There are lots of photos to put up from the various places I went to including Ise Jingu, Izumo…

Sakura Bento Lunch

April 1st every year is the start of a new financial year for most Japanese companies. Newly hired employees normally start work on this day, and you can see them out and about in their new suits trying to blend in with everyone. With…

Food in Japan

There are so many great foods in Japan to choose from. At close proximity you can find French, Italian, Spanish, US, Chinese, Indian and many more. Here is a quick selection of some eats I had yesterday. The scribble notes here…

Conbini Monday Wk42

I took a few photos of the Yokote convenience store on my recent visit to Akita-ken. The photos in the store I had on my iPhone and have shown some here. The photos outside were on my Nikon camera. The outside photos I already…

Yokote Yakisoba

On my recent trip to Yokote I tried the local delicacy of Yokote Yakisoba. It is yakisoba with an egg on the top. Tasty ^_^. I have lots more photos of the Yokote trip including some of the Akita Shinkansen and others of the…

Kamakura Snow Festival, Yokote

I visted Yokote, Akita-Ken, for the recent Kamakura Snow Festival. The Kamakura tradition dates back over 400 years when small snow houses were made for the Gods and filled with food and Sake. The tradition carries on today with people from…

Japan Snow Train

Just got back from my one night trip to Yokote where they were holding the annual Kamakura and Bonden festival. The weather was sunny and warm, although this was snow country. I have many photos to show of the festival, some at night and…

Shibuya Streets Vol 11

It is Valentines Day today and as always in Japan it is predominantly the women giving chocolates to the males. There are chocolates to be bought for those who you treasure and also chocolates for co-workers, known as giri-choco. I…

One Piece Characters

Following up on yesterday's Conbini Monday article which showed a number of One Piece, I went back for a more detailed look at the campaign and to find out a bit more information about other upcoming One Piece events. This is…

Japan for Kids

Excellent guidebook for those with children in Japan. Have you taken a look at this? Lots of great ideas for trips to Japan.

Favorite Photos of 2009

I have picked my favorite photos that I took in 2009. It took a while to go through the many photos taken in the year. I might have missed a few. Let me know if your favorite is missing from the list.

Japan Park Dance

I came across their dance scene in Yoyogi Park when out for a walk on New Years Day. It looked like they were making some sort of cosplay dance movie or maybe rehearsing for one. The rhythm beat was quite catchy. My niece who was…

Mt Fuji Golf

I went on a trip to Mt Fuji to play golf with friends. The weather was perfect and the views of Mt Fuji from the course, amazing. I spent more time snapping photos than hitting golf shots. Every hole seemed to have a better and better view.…

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…

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…

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…

Chiba Monorail

I visited a friend in Chiba and got the chance to ride the Chiba monorail recently. There are a few monorails in Japan, some that run above the tracks and some that hang underneath them. When you board the train you dont…

Princess Kaiulani, Emperor Meiji

I have always been interested in the Japan and Hawaii connection. Hawaii is such a beautiful place to visit and has a fascinating history. This video talks about how history could have been so very different for the two countries.…

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…

Kyoto

A warm sunny day in Kyoto made a great backdrop to these photos which include some Temples, Kimono, Yukata, and the general peaceful nature of Kyoto. A great place to visit.

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…

Mameshiba in Kyoto?

Spotted this very green Mameshiba looking character in Kyoto. It's good to see the Mameshiba character getting out to see the sites! or is it Mameshiba? Thanks to apl (see comment below) I took a second look at this picture and have to…

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…

Shibuya Videos

Three really nice videos here of the Shibuya area from eleven23 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5139423&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Shibuya In…

E5 Shinkansen + Quiz answers

The first media test run of the new E5 Shinkansen was on the 17th June, 2009. The Sankei Newspaper had some good photos you can see. Click on the arrow buttons to see the rest of the photos on their site. The E5 Series Shinkansen…