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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Journey in Japan Part 53: In the Land of Spuds and Money

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Today I overslept. It is 4 pm when I finally crawl from my bed. Having missed most of the day, and without a plan, I decide to head to Asakusa to find something to do. When...

Sapporo Snow Festival – Brrrrrring your thermals!

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Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) The Sapporo Snow Festival occurs during the freezing month of February in '冬' (ふゆ or fuyu) meaning Winter. People gather from miles around to experience this momentous occasion. The Sapporo...

English Friendly Restaurant Search Page – from Tokyo Govt.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has recently just built a search page listing English friendly restaurant choices in the local area, with support for other languages too. In response to the growing number of visitors...

Journey in Japan Part 40: Tourism is a Dancer

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Today I wake up to find that the hostel has been decorated with ‘Happy Halloween’ signs, spooky spiders, and multi-coloured pumpkins and bats. Thinking the staff might have got the date wrong, I ask,...

Tokyo Survival Channel – Full of Wild and Original Adventures

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We were recently asked to contribute as a guest writer for Tokyo Survival Channel (TSC), an original site that sees foreigners completing wild and wacky challenges in the heart of Japan. If you’re interested in...

3 Italian Restaurants in Tokyo you Must Try!

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Italian Restaurants in Tokyo are not a rare sight at all, similar to French, Sushi and Ramen eateries, you can even find a few in the same area. So, putting together a short-list of...

Journey in Japan Part 37: Shiitake My Breath Away

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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 has been celebrated in these gardens for over two hundred...

Hello Kitty says ‘Hello’ to Japan’s Shinkansen

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Cartoon or anime inspired trains have long been a common sight across Japan's entire network, but as the Evangelion 500 series themed Shinkansen is soon to retire, get ready to say 'Hello' (or ハロー/Harro...

Kanamara Matsuri – The Festival of the Steel Phallus

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The Festival of the Steel Phallus or かなまら祭り (Kanamara Matsuri) is held at Kawasaki Shrine (Daishi). Oh boy, and is it ever one of the more interesting and bizarre festivals that runs through the...

1,000 Yen Departure Tax to Begin from Monday

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The Japanese Government will start collecting a 1,000 yen departure tax from Monday next week. People travelling by aircraft or ship will be subject to the new departure tax. The new regulation that was passed...