Journey in Japan Part 50: Necks, Lights, and Video Ape

Culture Day is held on the 3rd of November every year. An event to promote the arts, and Japanese Culture. Introduced in 1948, Culture Day is a public holiday. The people of Japan are...
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The Beauty of the Hydrangeas in Kamakura

Check out the beauty of the Hydrangeas in Kamakura at Meigetsu-in. Hydrangeas are known as 紫陽花 or Ajisai in Japanese. They are just a short walk from Kita-Kamakura Station on the Yokosuka line. It's...

Journey in Japan Part 56: Dome Alone

Over the last few days the temperature has got increasingly colder. Winter is finally upon us. Recently, as I have been wandering around in just a short sleeved shirt, I have started to lose...

Journey in Japan Part 31: Siliconan the Ovarian

The previous three days drifted along to the tune of uneventful. Today a sign in my hostel says, “Soba Party Today, come and enjoy Japanese noodles!” There is also a list of local artists that...

Journey in Japan Part 13: Canal City, a wedding, a Japanese massage

Today is Marine Day, but nobody let me know. The purpose of this public holiday is to thank the ocean for all the fish. Stock markets are closed, so are some shops. The weather is...

Hello Kitty reveals the Puuuurfect Railway Escape

If you have been following our news before you may have read about JR West`s plans to launch a Hello Kitty inspired Shinkansen (bullet train). Well, now that news has become a reality. In...

Journey in Japan Part 6: Birds thrown around, bullets for hail

The largest storm on the planet passed through Beppu last night. The storm had drifted a little south of its predicted trajectory, but we still got hit by the strong winds; they sounded like a Bullet...

An Ode to Hiroshima’s Past – 6th of August Memorial Anniversary

One of my students told me about his grandfather’s experience on August 6th, 1945 in Hiroshima. This is an ode to Hiroshima's past on the day the Atomic Bomb exploded, and a story he...

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 民泊 (みんぱく or Minpaku) known as private lodgings or guest...

Japanese Saké Brewery

Today I meet with Naoto, the English speaking organiser of a saké tour. I am the only person to sign up. Not wanting to waste his whole day, I ask whether we should still go on...