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...

Journey in Japan Part 23: Height of the Lifting Tread

Today I wake up at 4 am. My sleep pattern is so messed up from a week in a fourteen bedroom dormitory room; always being woken up by shuffling, or case repacking, or inconsiderate chicken...

Journey in Japan Part 41: “But Sir, it’s only a model”

Today is the third and final day of a street performing arts festival in Asakusa. Outside it is a clear day and a wonderful 28°C. I spend the best part of the morning wandering between...

Coca Cola’s Lemon-Can-Do

Do you love your Lemon Chu-hai just as much as you love your Coca-Cola? Well, now Coca-Cola has launched the Lemon-Do. So, all your dreams of flavoured drinks, laced with alcohol and branded under...

New Starbucks Reserve – It’s Biggest Roastery in the World

The new Starbucks Reserve, roastery and store, is the biggest conceived by the brand so far. It is the largest outlet in the world carrying the Starbucks name, and it stands at a staggering...

A More Diverse Community Coming of Age

In 2018, Monday the 8th of January was not only a national holiday across Japan, but also 'Coming of Age' day, a day to celebrate young adults and welcome them into the Japanese Community....

Tokyo Survival Channel – Full of Wild and Original Adventures

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...

1,000 Yen Departure Tax to Begin from Monday

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...

Journey in Japan Part 3: Mostly Calmness

I am woken at 4:47 am to an alarm coming from the direction of the ocean. I look out of the window, it is raining hard. I dart out of bed to check a computer. No...

Working for a Gaba English Conversation School

This post comes from one of my friends who is a long time resident of Japan. He was initially working at a Gaba English Conversation School, before moving onto bigger and better things. Here...