10 Day Golden Week in 2019

Japan's Cabinet has just approved a bill designed to create a 10 Day Golden Week in 2019. This is an extension to the nation's popular 5 day holiday period. The Cabinet's proposal was approved on...

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 and zoom through Shibuya's famous intersection, in front of crowds...

Yokohama – Best Place to Live in Tokyo; Survey

The largest port in Japan and home to the largest China Town is Yokohama. Suumo, a real estate magazine and website, announced the city of Yokohama - best place to live in Tokyo and...

Journey in Japan Part 14: Ainoshima Cat Island

With muscles loose thanks to a wonderful massage, I decide to really test my body. My destination today is Ainoshima Cat Island, via Shima Ferry Port. “You’re cycling to Shima?” A confused staff member...

Hina Matsuri – Japan’s Traditional Celebration for Young Girls

In a country where blinding LEDs billboards and rich ancient traditions compete for relevance in the growing tourism sector, Hina Matsuri (雛祭り or ひなまつり) prevails on March 3 every year as a historical cultural...

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...
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Visit Kyoto via the Traditional Kyotrain

Starting from next spring, from March 23, you will be able to visit Kyoto via the traditional Kyotrain from Osaka. Many people see Osaka as the heart of Kansai, as it is easy to...

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 to the Kansai area. The airport too was quite badly...

Final Fantasy 30 – The Whiskey!

Any RPG (Role Playing Game) or JPRG (Japanese Role Playing Game) fan will tell you this post's title is deceptive, particularly given that the most recent entrant in the "Final Fantasy" video game series...

Journey in Japan Part 52: House of Red Leaves

There is a famous phrase in Japan, “You haven’t seen real beauty until you’ve seen Nikkō.” So far on this trip, I haven’t really seen a thing. Only darkness. I wake up at 9am,...