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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Journey in Japan Part 2: Global Tower, Beppu Park, Crocodile Hell

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After a few days of relaxing and enjoying the views, I decide it's about time I head out and see the sights. A sign in my hostel reads, "Like us on Facebook! You get 1...

Journey in Japan Part 1: So Long, Tokyo, and Thanks for All the Fish

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It is time to move on. The anticipation of spending eight hours on two different trains is something I lack. To avoid a whole day of travel I instead book a really cheap hotel at Kokura, which is the...

Anime Exposition Japan

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Today is AnimeJapan, the largest convention for animation in Japan. This year, one hundred and twenty thousand cartoon enthusiasts are expected to visit the event. Luckily, a friend of mine has saved me the effort...

Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

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Today, as I arrive in Bunkyō Ward, I am overwhelmed. In front of me is the massive Tokyo Dome, the home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, but this isn't why I am here. Outside...

Seven Gods Pilgrimage – Taitoku, Tokyo

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Lucky Number Seven Gods of Fortune Today I attempt to go on a pilgrimage. Seven different gods, seven different sacred sites. My first stop is Shingen-ji Temple, Iriya. This temple has two names, Iriya no Kishibojin is...

Secret Rice and Sacred Fish

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Someone told me yesterday that beneath the banks and office buildings between Mitsukoshimae Station and Otemachi Station, hidden deep underground, the Japanese government grows secret rice. Somewhere along the Ginza Line my train just powers down. All the lights...

Japanese Video Games

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Today, I am visiting the Takarazuka University of Art and Design, to see an exhibition pertaining to Japanese video games. After four years of studying, a final project from each student is showcased inside...

Yokohama Sightseeing

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I am a little way outside of Tokyo to go Yokohama sightseeing. The area was once a quaint fishing town, where nothing much really happened. After the American people came with their ships, Yokohama opened...

Tokyo Skytree Town

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Today I take the Tobu Skytree Line just one stop, to Tokyo Skytree Station. If I am completely honest, I could have just walked it, it isn’t far. I blame the convenience of Japan for...

Abandoned by Disney

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The sun is shining, and my friend Christine and I are on our way to Tokyo Disneyland. A 115-acre theme park in Urayasu, Chiba. A place where dreams come true, apparently. A badly written but strangely...