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Kanto is the most populated geographical area of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The region includes the Greater Tokyo area. It includes 7 prefectures including Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki.

The Azaleas at Nezu Shrine – Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Nezu Shrine (根津神社 or Nezu Jinja) is one of those rare hidden gems, that you would never expect to find in the concrete surroundings of Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. Within the grounds, you will find several...

Journey in Japan Part 60: Palace Under Fire

Today is His Imperial Majesty the Emperor’s 84th Birthday. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the people of Japan will be enjoying the public holiday, and a day off work (except when it falls on a weekend...
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Viewing Autumn Leaves at Narita San (成田山で紅葉)

Dating back to 940, Narita-San or more specifically Narita-San Shinsho-ji (成田山新勝寺) is a temple located in central Narita, Chiba. It is a well-known temple within the Kanto region and regularly holds large events. These...

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...

Spider Lillies – Koma, Saitama

Hidden Treasure There is a little gem that is definitely worth seeing if you are in the Tokyo area. Towards the end of September, you can find a plethora of Spider Lillies. Located in the...

Journey in Japan Part 34: Pot, Kettle, Snack

Today I take the Toei Asakusa Line for the first time in my life. Each time the train starts it sounds as if there is music coming from beneath the carriages. It turns out that...

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...

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 36: A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness

I walk the twenty minutes to Kuramae Station. On the way I pass the Bandai Headquarters; a huge banner tells me that Tamagotchi is making a comeback at the end of this month. At...

Sake with Flower – An Ikebana event with added flavour!

Ikebana The word 'Ikebana' (活け花) refers to Japanese traditional flower arrangement, a very distinctive, historical yet disciplined art form, which dates back to 7th century ancient Japan. It focuses on the natural shape and beauty...