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Journey in Japan Part 48: The Fat Sumo Hallowe’en Special

My day starts with me being completely lost in Shinjuku, searching for an event going by the name of ‘Shinjuku Magic of Hallowe’en’. I was under the impression that the event included a massive street parade of people dressed in spooky costumes, but nothing of

Top 12 Horrifying Halloween Expressions

So it’s Halloween time, well officially that is the 31st of October 2017, and even though you may have retired your costumes from the previous weekends antics, no doubt many diehard party goers will still venture out in their spooky suits and more. In this

Journey in Japan Part 47: Round, round, get around, I get around

This weekend a local event is taking place known as ‘A-Round’, short for, Asakusa Around. Sixty-nine different stalls, cafés and galleries have signed up for the event. I am fortunate enough to have been invited along for a small walking tour, hosted by my friend, local resident,

W.P Gold Burger – Shibuya, Tokyo

W.P Gold Burger is the most unlikely combination of celebrity meats patty (pun intended), in a shop that is full of humor and added taste to match. It’s an easy place to miss, as you approach the unassuming shop front, with a fading sign and

Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓) – Film Review

Studio Ghibli (ジブリ) has created many classics such as Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し), Howl’s Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城) and My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), but the classic 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓) without exception is my favourite. Based on the book written by the late Akiyuki

Journey in Japan Part 46: Bridges and Balloons

Today I rent a bright red bicycle, and cycle over the Sumida River, toward Ryogoku. There is a row of parked bicycles, each with a bright purple sticker featuring today’s date. I want to park too, but for some reason I can’t find any attendant or

Journey in Japan Part 45: Head of a lion, tail of a dog

The sun is shining, so naturally I feel productive. I head over to Roppongi to visit the Tokyo Midtown Award. The awards are in their 7th year. The ceremony is a design and art competition sponsored by Tokyo Midtown, and aims to discover and support designers

Why do movies take so long to come to Japan ?

One thing that I continue to question while living in Japan these past 3 years is, why it takes so long for western movies to be released in Japan. Especially, when I compare the release schedule to Australian timings, which is generally either similar or

Journey in Japan Part 44: The Golden Reptile

Today I head to the nearby Minowa Station and take the Hibiya Line. At Kayabacho Station a man runs out of the train as the doors close, trapping his foot, he falls over smashing his face on the platform, the doors re-open, he gets up

Top 12 Most Common (Polite) Japanese Phrases

If you haven’t realised by now, the Japanese language places particular emphasis on formality and the correct use of language based on a given situation. For example, in the company of friends or family it is fine to use informal or casual language. However, in