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Studio Ghibli Plans Theme Park for Nagoya

Tokyo has Disney and Fuji-Q, Osaka has USJ and Kyoto is a cultural paradise, that leaves Nagoya with errr ... Lego Land, which apparently...

9 Reasons Why Japanese People Wear Masks

Why Japanese People Wear Masks I was asked 'why Japanese people wear masks' by one of my friends recently, and suddenly I had a flashback....

MariCar – the Street Cart Experience!

MariCar is something of a phenomenon in Tokyo, as more and more people dressed in their favourite characters or heroes take to the streets...

Obon, the Unofficial Summer Holiday

The Obon Tradition Obon (お盆 or おぼん) or just Bon (盆 or ぼん) is observed as a religious holiday in Japan every August. The actual...

Denpoin Garden – The Secret Gardens of Asakusa

Denpoin Garden is the stranger hidden inside Asakusa's well-known Tokyo downtown district full of tradition, culture and history. Whether it be via the infamous...

What are the Impacts of Japan’s New Airbnb Regulations ?

The impacts of Japan's new Airbnb regulations are due to come into full effect on June 15, aiming to regulate the recent rise in...

Why are Trash, Garbage and Rubbish Bins Such a Rare Commodity ?

Even as a tourist casually wandering the streets of Japan, you'll quickly realise there is a vast lack of rubbish (ゴミ or Gomi in...

Tsukiji Fish Market’s Last New Year in 2018

Tsukiji Fish Market's final new year auction and the first for 2018 kicked-off yet again last Friday, January 5, with a HUGE 405-kilogram bluefin...

Journey in Japan Part 37: Shiitake My Breath Away

Tidings in my hostel today inform me of a festival at Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens. Today is Tsukimi-no-Kai, which translates to mean ‘Moon Viewing’; an age-old tradition that...

The Azaleas at Nezu Shrine – Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Nezu Shrine (根津神社 or Nezu Jinja) is one of those rare hidden gems, that you would never expect to find in the concrete surroundings...

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