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Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park images

Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park

Asakusa is an old part of Tokyo. In a city that changes quickly and often, it is not surprising to read about the many changes that have happened in this area. Asakusa was a major entertainment district filled with theaters and restaurants. While many of the theaters disappeared, the small amusemen…(571 words)

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David

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Jump!

Kumo no Umi (Sea of Clouds) is a trampoline in the Showa Kinen Koen (Showa Memorial Park) in Nishi-Tachikawa, on the west side of Tokyo. The trampoline is built as a clump of hills and valleys of various sizes. The white vinyl looks, from afar, like a sea of clouds in the midst of an ocean of tre…(199 words)

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mikekato

Life's a Beach! images

Life's a Beach!

In the summer, many Japanese beaches enjoy a "kaisuiyoku," literally meaning an ocean bathtub. It is the only time of year that there are lifeguards at most Japanese beaches. During the brief season, many of the beaches have beach houses, where there are lockers, showers, bars, and great festival…(99 words)

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Mitake Valley in Ome City, Okutama images

Mitake Valley in Ome City, Okutama

The Mitake Valley (Mitake Kekoku) in Ome City, Okutama is one of the best areas for autumn leaves near Tokyo. It takes approximately 1.5 hours from Shinjuku by the JR Chuo Line & JR Ome Line (Change at Ome station). You can casually trek along the 4km river bank or hike the Mount Mitake, either way…(62 words)

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Red Brick Warehouse (Akarenga Souko Shopping Plaza) in Yokohama Japan images

Red Brick Warehouse (Akarenga Souko Shopping Plaza) in Yokohama Japan

Be sure the visit the Red Brick Warehouse just appox. 10-15mins walk from Minatomirai Stn. Its a historical building that now is being used as a shopping mall and event hall. There you can enjoy some nice shopping, good restaurants and beautiful night scene by the the harbour.http://www.welcome…(71 words)

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Nakameguro, shops along the river images

Nakameguro, shops along the river

Nakameguro is a quiet yet fashionable and fun district just outside the more lively and inclusive Shibuya area. Nakameguro is well known for its fashion shops, and dainty restaurants that are perfect for dates, or casual upper class dining. There are of course less expensive and more chain store-ty…(151 words)

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KurtisW

Community centers have free ping pong facilities! images

Community centers have free ping pong facilities!

Many community centers offer ping pong and badminton facilities for free! I recommend you to research a community center near you and call to just make sure that they have ping pong tables! The one close to my house (Naka sports center) has many ping pong tables that the community uses.(51 words)

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RieS

Enjoy the winding road of Nikko, Irohazaka. One of Japan's lovely roads in a perfect getaway outside of Tokyo. images

Enjoy the winding road of Nikko, Irohazaka. One of Japan's lovely roads in a perfect getaway outside of Tokyo.

Iroha-zaka in Nikko is very famous in Japan for beautiful views of changing colours in Autumn. It is the perfect Autumn drive. Iroha-zaka is a hill which takes about 30 minutes (1.5 hours in the autumn due to traffic) to drive up. Views are spectacular along the way and a beautiful lake awaits at t…(100 words)

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GenS

How about Do-shi Village Camping sites? images

How about Do-shi Village Camping sites?

There are several good camp spots I can recommend to you, which are located in the direction to West from the central part of Tokyo, or at the western edge of Kanto Plain as I live in the western part in Tokyo prefecture. One place you should definitely try, if you have not, is Do-shi Village Campi…(164 words)

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Masa

Nissan World Headquarters in Minato Mirai, Japan great place for Tech-Savvy people images

Nissan World Headquarters in Minato Mirai, Japan great place for Tech-Savvy people

If you want to see cutting edge green cars of the future getting ready for mass production, the Nissan World Corporate Headquarters in Minato Mirai is a great place to visit. The Showroom is state of the art and you can take a look at the history of Nissan and how the cars have evolved over the yea…(103 words)

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Best Ways to Enjoy Minatomirai, Yokohama images

Best Ways to Enjoy Minatomirai, Yokohama

Question: What are the best ways to enjoy a day in Minatomirai in Yokohama?For all the goings on in Yokohama, pick up a copy of the Yokohama Seasider Magazine or visit:http://www.yokohamaseasider.com/ fFor information specific to Minatomirai, check out: http://www.minatomirai21.com/eng/…(61 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Anime shows also have Giant Monsters! images

Anime shows also have Giant Monsters!

Giant monsters attacking cities is a pretty common science fiction or horror scenario in Japanese media. The reason being possibly that since people live pretty close together, the idea of a giant monster coming and wreaking havoc is particularly scary and destructive.I know a certain Anime sho…(128 words)

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KurtisW

UFO madness images

UFO madness

You've seen the "crane games" the UFO catchers before I'm sure. As I remember when I was young at amusement parks and arcades and such, I would see stuffed animals and candy and try tirelessly to get what I wanted.Japan has taken the "UFO catcher" addiction to new heights with dedicated areas i…(202 words)

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KurtisW

Rakugo images

Rakugo

Rakugo is a form of Japanese traditional entertainment that is humorous, a lightly comedic storytelling. Rakugo is always performed by a single person, who plays all of the parts in a story. There are many notable features distinguishing Rakugo. It is performed with the storyteller sitting in the…(315 words)

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mikekato

Why Men Look Handsome in Kimonos in Japan? images

Why Men Look Handsome in Kimonos in Japan?

I've noticed more men wearing Kimono on weekends recently. The obi belt tied just above the hips, masculine shoulders emphasized by a narrower line going down the body, a deep blue color. Try walking in back of one of these gents. Watch the way the geta sandals click on the stone walkway and how th…(251 words)

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Visit Tokyo Toy Museum with your kids images

Visit Tokyo Toy Museum with your kids

Tokyo Toy Museum is a space full of wooden toys that are attractive for not only kids but also adults. There are traditional Japanese toys such as KOMA(spinning top), toys for playing house, board games, etc.If there is a rainy day during your visit to Tokyo, and if you don't know how to burn you…(118 words)

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Akko

Ping Pong and beer images

Ping Pong and beer

Table tennis is quite often played at leisure while drinking, much like billiards and darts. EST Shibuya Takkyuu Club is located close to Shibuya station on the 9th floor of an entertainment center. Open until 4:30AM (Mon-Thu) and 5:30AM (Fri-Sun) it makes for a fun hide-out if you have missed the …(72 words)

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Water ski images

Water ski

It might be difficult to enjoy water sports in Tokyo because there aren't many beaches around. But you can always go to Zushi and Kamakura area where the water is relatively clean and one has a better chance at participating in marine sports.(43 words)

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cajazz

Surfing in Chiba images

Surfing in Chiba

Getting out of Tokyo for a 1.5 hour train ride, one can find plenty of surfing spots along the Pacific coast in Chiba. For Tokyoites, Chiba offers relatively good waves and clean water--much cleaner than the beaches of nearby Shonan (Kanagawa).Although it's easier to travel out to the beach by…(132 words)

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Cute Japanese Cheerleaders part of Japan's semi-professional league, X League images

Cute Japanese Cheerleaders part of Japan's semi-professional league, X League

I actually used to cheer for the semi-pro X league back in the day. This was when it was kind of a group of companies that sponsored teams. Now, the sponsors are still there but the whole thing is much better organized (called the X League) and the games and competition are really exciting. From wh…(145 words)

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Beautiful, but not too touristy: Negishi and Gumyoji images

Beautiful, but not too touristy: Negishi and Gumyoji

My two favorite spots near Tokyo are Negishi Park and Gumyoji. During the day, I go to Negishi Park, which is a huge park with innumerable cherry blossom trees. It is so fun to have a picnic with your friends and play badminton or catch during this beautiful season. The parks is a great place to re…(192 words)

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RieS

Seagull Girls images

Seagull Girls

The Tokyo American football team, the Seagulls, play regular games at the famous Tokyo Dome. Always accompanying the team is the lively and cute cheersquad. Cheer leading is actually quite popular among young girls in Japan, and despite the fact that cheer is something that kind of developed from a…(173 words)

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KurtisW

Matsuri (Festivals) images

Matsuri (Festivals)

The best time to experience a festival in Japan is in from spring to fall. The best ones are in the summer, although many are technically in the spring or fall because their origins coincide with harvests or the opening and closing of fishing season.The most interesting and common matsuri are …(306 words)

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mikekato

Roppongi has Great Nightlife images

Roppongi has Great Nightlife

When it comes to late night clubbing, Roppongi is high up there with a wide variety of classy restaurants, late night clubbing, and fancy hotels. It also tends to attract a lot of expats/tourists, so if you're looking to go out to a place where you can speak English, Roppongi is a great place to ch…(115 words)

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KurtisW

Amazing Japanese Festivals in August images

Amazing Japanese Festivals in August

Many neighborhood associations take great effort to prepare for the yearly Matsuri (festival) in their area. This photo is taken in August as a group in the Noge area of Yokohama transports their O-mikoshi (portable shrine). The taxi driver proudly told me that one of these shrines can cost more th…(166 words)

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Take a risk and emerge yourself in the fine Japanese Art of Ikebana images

Take a risk and emerge yourself in the fine Japanese Art of Ikebana

Okay, well, I have never studied Ikebana (Japanese style flower arrangement) but I love the style and I admire all the work of art I see all around (even in local train stations done by loyal and dedicated Ikebana artists each week). I believe Japan is confident enough in the art and the style it o…(152 words)

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Super Hero Action Show images

Super Hero Action Show

The "Super Sentai" series has been one of Japan's longest action TV programs for children. It started in the early 70s, with new characters featured every year.Since 1971, the Tokyo Dome City (previously Korakuen) has hosted a Hero Action Show, that features the latest Super Sentai Action hero…(133 words)

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mikekato

Making one's departure images

Making one's departure

Okuribito isn't exactly a Jidaigeki film, but since many samurai are sent to their great reward in the big castle in the sky Okuribito can be remotely related. In any case, it's an excellent film and if you haven't seen it you should. Watching it will give you a better understanding of the Japanese…(144 words)

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Joe Peters

Okagemairi in Japan 2014- Special Visit to Ise Jingu, the Grand Shrine images

Okagemairi in Japan 2014- Special Visit to Ise Jingu, the Grand Shrine

Ise Jingu, the Grand Shrine's main pavilions were newly rebuilt and its residing deities were transferred to the new shrines, which is called Sengu. The ceremony is held every 20 years in order to keep the spirit of "Tokowaka" which means "forever young or everlasting purity" and it has been done f…(124 words)

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Hatha Yoga Lover

Karuta ! images

Karuta !

Karuta is Japanese traditional playing cards and people enjoy Karuta during New Year’s holidays. The game uses two types of cards – Yomifuda and Efuda. When the reader reads out a poem on the yomifuda, players quickly search for matching efuda. Usually there is one reader and Karuta is played by mo…(79 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Tennis in Tokyo for french, english and japanese speakers images

Tennis in Tokyo for french, english and japanese speakers

Do you like Tennis ???!!Do you want to learn tennis ??!! To train ??!Jinji Tennis can help you !!!Jinji Tennis will offer you his knowledge, his coaches, many different programs and a fantastic place to play your favorite sport !!So Join Us !!!!!!www.jinjitennisfra.comVous aim…(97 words)

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jojosan

Chindon'ya images

Chindon'ya

The Chindon'ya are a type of Japanese marching band that wear elaborate costumes and perform in a variety of festivals, shop openings, and other promotions or special events. Originating in Osaka during the late Edo period, most of the remaining Chindon'ya are based in Tokyo. Chindon'ya usual…(511 words)

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mikekato

An Exciting Evening of Baseball at Yokohama Stadium in Japan images

An Exciting Evening of Baseball at Yokohama Stadium in Japan

With the commencement of the interleague baseball season, I got to go and watch the Softbank Hawks from the Pacific league challenge the Yokohama DeNA Baystars at their home stadium in Yokohama last week. While I’ve seen baseball games at many of the stadiums in Japan, I find a unique friendly char…(354 words)

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GenS

Best Way to Enjoy the FIFA World Cup in Japan images

Best Way to Enjoy the FIFA World Cup in Japan

Are you a soccer fanatic, bummed out that you won't be in Brazil to witness the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Don't worry, even if you're here in Japan, on the opposite side of the globe, there are ways to thoroughly enjoy the world cup. You must go to one of the multiple Public Viewing ev…(290 words)

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GenS

Proficient in a Japanese Martial Art? images

Proficient in a Japanese Martial Art?

If you are planning to visit Japan, are a martial artist and would like to try something off the usual tourist itinerary, or already living here and looking for something different and unique to do, there is an informative, fun and exciting way to spend a weekend tucked away in the south of Chiba p…(629 words)

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GoodPeople

Anime Come To Life images

Anime Come To Life

Japanese pop culture, particularly anime (short for “animation”) has become one of the country’s iconic exports in recent years and many people globally have become acquainted not only with internationally famous anime as Pokemon, but also more eclectic characters as well. An entire subgenre has s…(1100 words)

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jdlawrence

Unique Watersports Culture in Tokyo images

Unique Watersports Culture in Tokyo

In order to survive a Nippon Summer every year, Japanese people have created lots of little hints to beat the heat from way back. For examples, with Shishiodoshi (water-filled bamboo tube which clacks against a stone when emptied), Furin (wind bells) and Golden fish, people try to cool themselves b…(307 words)

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totowatanabe

Blue Cave Nakameguro the newest spot for winter Illuminations images

Blue Cave Nakameguro the newest spot for winter Illuminations

Winter means many things to many people and this vibrant holiday season is full of different traditions from all parts of the globe. In modern Japan- the winter holidays leading up to Christmas time involve the sparkling and over-the-top tradition of Illuminations. From across Japan cities add …(393 words)

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LShannon

Celestial Geisha: A Perfect Performance images

Celestial Geisha: A Perfect Performance

Yes, you may not realize it, but not only is there a history of geisha in Tokyo, but there are quite a few places where there are active geisha communities, including Kagurazaka, Asakusa, Shinbashi/Ginza, and Hachioji. There are, of course, Hatobus and other tours that offer geisha shows, but it se…(1873 words)

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mikekato

Dinner Cruises in Tokyo: Awesome Yakatabune images

Dinner Cruises in Tokyo: Awesome Yakatabune

Want to celebrate a special occasion, or experience an only-in-Japan cruise? Then look no further than the 'yakatabune'.These are the descendants of the 'pleasure boats' owned by the ancient nobility of Japan, where they held parties and other raucous events. The interior of most of these boats…(184 words)

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Chiara