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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…

Shibuya Streets, Vol. 1

I saw some interesting transportation on the roads today while out and thought it might be worth sharing. I don't know where this guy normally rides, but the terrain of the Shibuya streets is not that rough. There are always lots 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…

Japan Railways

While out the other day at Ikspiari, Maihama, next to DisneyLand, I found a store that specialized in model railway parts, bus models and generally all types of accessories connected with JR Railways. Amongst the items I…

Rilakkuma at the Zoo

You might know Rilakkuma, but you have probably never seen him playing like this?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka4lnk3NBKo&hl=ja&fs=1] The monkey here was born at the zoo. The mother monkey would protect the child from danger,…

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…

Yuzu Potato Chips

I bought a pack of Yuzu Potato chips the other day to try something different. Yuzu is found in Japan although originally came from China. The taste is very similar to a mandarin and may even be a derivative of that fruit. There are…

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

You can't go anywhere in Tokyo at this time of year without running into people buying Valentine Day Chocolates. They are everywhere. The economy might be taking a hit, but the chocolate manufacturers are certainly making the most of this…

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…