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Matty

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Aside from my full-time gig as a professional Netflix, Hulu and Toho Cinemas spectator, I occasionally escape the screen to share my own episodes of Japan outside the TV format.

Tokyo Stadium – Chofu, Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo Stadium (aka Ajinomoto Stadium). Located in Chofu in western Tokyo, and is the starting point for the Rugby World Cup 2019....

Rugby World Cup 2019 Ticketing Updates

This is our first update regarding the latest news on Rugby World Cup 2019 ticketing options in Japan. Kick-off is literally in just 5...

Ozawa Sake Brewery – Free Tours and Tasting

Pulling into Sawai station, you instantly notice how quiet and serene this place really is. The Ozawa Sake Brewery is a short 5-minute walk...

Spare Change! Finally a Solution for 1 and 5 Yen Coins!

This is a solution I have been waiting for since I moved to Japan over 5 years ago. Got spare change? Those 1 and...

Japan’s New Banknotes for 2024

The Japanese Government has decided to redesign its banknotes for the first time since 2004. Japan's new banknotes will be issued in the 2024...

Top 10 Tips for Climbing Mt Fuji

Standing at around 3,776m tall, it is the nation's tallest active volcano on the main island of Honshu. Climbing Mt Fuji is also a...

Kansai Bridge is Fully Repaired in Time for Golden Week

Kansai Airport is fully repaired after it was hit hard by Typhoon Jebi in September last year. The tropical cyclone had caused widespread damage...

Golden Week Holidays Explained 2019

This year's Golden Week Holidays are extra special, and 2019 is the year breeding change. As a Japanese or foreign resident, or even a...

Top 10 Words to Start Speaking Japanese Now

This out list of the top 10 words to start speaking Japanese now. Japanese is an easy language to start learning, and fun to...

Can You Read the Situation in Japanese?

Can you read the situation in Japanese? This is something that becomes more important as you develop your Japanese ability. Most people agree that...