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Sumo!!

Sumo-the image conjured up in many gaijin minds is that of a couple of overweight guys in adult diapers belly-bumping each other until one of man falls off a raised platform like a drunken Baby Huey. As a martial artist, I never really thought of sumo in that way, but I get why others would. Still,…(1153 words)

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Dave

Sumo Tokyo Train Summer Shopping Visit Event Sport Food Play
Soul Food in Tokyo! Fried Chicken on Waffles, here we COME! images

Soul Food in Tokyo! Fried Chicken on Waffles, here we COME!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIAu4XQZ15g&feature=youtu.be"Desperate Housewives" star Vanessa Williams joined the opening party for Soul Food Snacks in Ginza. Some delicious waffles and fried chicken, honey baked ham and more, we are excited to see how the Japanese consumer will welcome th…(124 words)

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Kong

Tokyo Food Karaage (Fried chicken) Restaurant City Ginza Mandarin orange
Kamakura Daibutsu and the Beach images

Kamakura Daibutsu and the Beach

For a great day trip on the weekend, visiting Kamakura is a great place to visit. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) in Kamakura is one of the most famous and well known Buddha statues in all of Japan. In fact, you can actually go inside of the statue and see what it looks like from the inside. In the …(200 words)

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Kevin

Kamakura Tokyo Train Visit Trip Bus Walk Tokyo Station Buddha Statue
600 Cherry Blossoms Fill Japan's Air with Sweet Aroma images

600 Cherry Blossoms Fill Japan's Air with Sweet Aroma

Beautiful white flowers framed the quiet pond in the corner of the garden. I wander this place often as it reminds me of "The Secret Garden" depicted in one of my favorite childhood stories. It IS truly hidden from the main road and casual passersby.Those inside the Tokaido, Yokosuka, Yaman…(283 words)

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Cherry blossom Cherry Shinagawa Station Hara Museum Tokyo Hotel Building Spring History Museum
Hama Rikyu Gardens - a beautiful park in Central Tokyo images

Hama Rikyu Gardens - a beautiful park in Central Tokyo

A short walk from JR Shimbashi station (12 minutes) or either the Shiodome or Tsukiji Ichiba stations on the Toei Oedo line (7 minutes from either station), is one of the most beautiful and well kept parks in Tokyo. This park was created for the powerful Daimyo ruling class (feudal lords) during t…(126 words)

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Kevin

Tokyo Park Visit Tsukiji Walk Business Tokyo Bay Edo Period Fish Shiodome
Smart Cities Week 2014 images

Smart Cities Week 2014

The 4th Smart Cities Week 2014 (SCW 2014) will be held in Yokohama this coming October 29-31 at the Pacifico Yokohama Hotel and Convention Center in the Minato Mirai area of the city and, with it, will come a dizzying array of programs, conferences and exhibits designed to show how the application …(1368 words)

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Smart Cities Tokyo City Yokohama Hotel Event Kyoto Nagoya May SCW
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Smart Cities, Expanded

In our last installment, we discussed the upcoming Smart Cities Week 2014 (SCW 2014) which will be held in Yokohama, Japan this coming October 29-31 at the Pacifico Yokohama Hotel and Convention Center. While the event itself is looking to attract in the area of 50,000 attendees, the concept is ex…(1500 words)

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jdlawrence

Smart Cities Tokyo Train Yokohama Hotel Event Osaka Hospital SCW Wearable Tech
Whitewater Rafting in Gunma Pref. images

Whitewater Rafting in Gunma Pref.

Living in the concrete jungle of Tokyo can be overwhelming after a while. (Like the frog being boiled in a pot.)I was looking for a place to get back to nature within a short Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. A friend turned me on to a place called Minakami in Gunma prefecture. There the Tone Riv…(112 words)

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JiyugaokaPaul

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Torinoiru Cafe for Bird Lovers images

Torinoiru Cafe for Bird Lovers

Hello everybody! Alex aka Subtokyo is back for another interesting animal cafe, this time an owl cafe!There are a handful of owl cafes around the Tokyo area. Kiba, Tsukishima, and a couple other locations in Tokyo. I visited the owl cafe or bird cafe in Kiba, Tokyo. This was the Torinoiru Cafe …(317 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Cafe Tokyo Visit Food Walk Cheap Subtokyo Owl Animal Cafe
Sashimi vs. Sushi images

Sashimi vs. Sushi

Sashimi is a Japanese cuisine of fresh raw fish sliced into thin pieces. Sushi is a Japanese traditional food where you put a sliced raw fish on top of cooked vinegared rice (Su-meshi). A little bit of Wasabi would taste great on the Su-Meshi.“Su-Meshi” can be cooked at home easily. You can buy…(331 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Sushi Sashimi (Raw fish) Tokyo Restaurant Sake (Rice wine) Food Cuisine Japanese cuisine
Typhoons - wind, rain and lot more! images

Typhoons - wind, rain and lot more!

It would be fair to call Japan at once a country blessed by natural beauty and cursed by natural disasters. Sitting on the famed “Ring of Fire”, the country hosts some spectacular and dangerous volcanoes, as well as the all-too-infamous and frequent earthquakes, some of which can wreak unimaginabl…(1210 words)

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jdlawrence

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Summer in Shinjuku Chuo Park images

Summer in Shinjuku Chuo Park

Want a place to entertain your kids in the midsummer in Tokyo for free?Well, look no further than Shinjuku Chuo Park The paddling pool じゃぶじゃぶ池 is fantastic. It is fairly big.It seems that the water of these paddling pools are drained on a daily basis, so in theory, the water should…(116 words)

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Park Summer Shinjuku Tokyo Beer Play Garden Kids Playground Pool
JR East - Japan Railway Company images

JR East - Japan Railway Company

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/index.htmlThe JR East train homepage is a great way to learn about train routes, fares and activities throughout what is known as Eastern Japan. This site: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/index.html shows the routes that the different bullet trains take from the T…(201 words)

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Kevin

Tokyo Train Summer Visit Fireworks activities Travel
Gathering Place for Gundam Japanese Character Fans in Odaiba, Tokyo images

Gathering Place for Gundam Japanese Character Fans in Odaiba, Tokyo

He stands towering over the surrounding garden of Divercity Tokyo Plaza! (3 minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station/Linkai Line or 5 minute walk from Daiba Station/Yuri Kamome Line).http://www.divercity-tokyo.com/en/ Notice the Diver-City name pun? Cute right? The full scale of the Mobile Su…(308 words)

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SEIJAN

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Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui: A Heavenly Onsen in Japan, images

Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui: A Heavenly Onsen in Japan,

My first experience at Bousui was just 5 years ago and then the second was last month. In 2006 I was a newbie exploring the Hokkawa Hot Spring district , in 2014 it was my second visit as a devoted fan of hot spring perfection wanting to share this haven with my life partner and best friend.htt…(1039 words)

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Onsen Summer Visit Building Trip Spring Music Japan Travel Summer Japanese inn Tokyo
Of course it's hot! images

Of course it's hot!

Look at a map or better, draw a horizontal line from East to West, at the level of Tokyo. What happens? You will notice that well, Tokyo, and even more Kyoto, are quite South. As South as Kabul, Beirouth, Sfax, Casablanca and Jacksonville, Austin ... And Japan, is an island, all surrounded by w…(549 words)

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Claire

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Local Secrets: Asagaya Tanabata Festival in August images

Local Secrets: Asagaya Tanabata Festival in August

The Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival) usually occurs in early July, celebrating the one day per year two star crossed lovers of legend can meet across the Milky Way. However, in some prefectures Tanabata is celebrated later, which is why the wonderfully colorful Asagaya Tanabata Festival occurs …(242 words)

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Ready for the Queen of New York Breakfasts Eggs Benedict? images

Ready for the Queen of New York Breakfasts Eggs Benedict?

First...the food. A first of a kind anywhere in the world! To tell us about her newest creation, the "Queen of Breakfasts in New York City", Sarabeth Levine, namesake of Sarabeth's at the opening of her third restaurant here in Tokyo at the new, just opened Shinagawa station location describing her…(253 words)

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Kong

Tokyo Restaurant Food Shinagawa Station Shinagawa Shinkansen Bullet Train
Transportation from Narita Airport to Tokyo/Yokohama images

Transportation from Narita Airport to Tokyo/Yokohama

I just returned to Japan today and arrived in Narita airport terminal 1 via Delta Airlines. I’ve done this so many times but noticed so many visitors are wondering around with such a lost look that I’ve decided to write this article. Once you arrive in Tokyo Narita airport, you have several choic…(828 words)

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Thoughts on Japan Entry Documents images

Thoughts on Japan Entry Documents

We often describe what to do once you arrive in Japan but I am in the process of returning to Japan and decided to write an article to inform you what you will be going through to get through Japanese Customs whether your flight arrives in Narita, Haneda, Osaka or any other Japan port of entry.…(567 words)

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AustinA

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Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri images

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri

Tanabata, which means "double seven" in Japanese, is celebrated usually on the 7th of July, as one might expect. It is a celebration stemming from the lunar/solar calendar and the meeting of a mythical cowherd and weaver girl throughout much of East Asia.On July 7th, people throughout Japan pl…(489 words)

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Yakatabune Harbor in Tokyo - One of the most convenient and comprehensive "harbors" in Tokyo images

Yakatabune Harbor in Tokyo - One of the most convenient and comprehensive "harbors" in Tokyo

Firework, Cherry Blossom, just Lunch or Dinner, etc.... Yakatabune is very attractive play spot (?) nowadays.Tokyo is, more than you may imagine, harbor city and water front city as well (like Manhattan) and Yakatabune harbor is conveniently located near Shinagawa (the first stop - 5 min. - of…(213 words)

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Tokyo Yakatabune Train Cherry blossom River Tempura Dinner
Gotokuji - Tokyo's Manekineko Lucky Cat Temple images

Gotokuji - Tokyo's Manekineko Lucky Cat Temple

Gotokuji is a lovely old neighbourhood in Tokyo's Setagaya ward. Gotokuji temple is the home of the Japanese good luck cats called "manekineko". One is waiting for you in front of Gotokuji station.Go from the station towards Gotokuji temple and you pass through a Japanese style "shotengai" stre…(353 words)

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David

Gotokuji manekineko Tera (Temple) Japanese style shopping arcade Setagayaku good luck Tokyo Train Japanese
Road Trip Diaries #1: Umi Hotaru images

Road Trip Diaries #1: Umi Hotaru

In the middle of Tokyo Bay, there sits a handsome, white, 5-story structure remarkable as much for its awkward location as it is for its raw engineering. The artificial island stands there, surrounded by ocean, an unexpected accompaniment to the fishing boats and cargo ships which normally cruise …(776 words)

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jdlawrence

Trip Sea Tokyo Restaurant Shopping Highway Chiba Travel
PLAY BALL! Baseball in Japan images

PLAY BALL! Baseball in Japan

Certain things go with Japan in summer: fireworks, matsuri (festivals), cold beer on a rooftop and, of course, baseball. Between the months of April through October, you can flip through TV channels and, somewhere, odds are better than even that a game will be shown somewhere. Known as Yakyu (野…(586 words)

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jdlawrence

Play Baseball Tokyo Summer Yokohama Shinjuku Osaka Game Koshien
Vegan Cafe in Aoyama images

Vegan Cafe in Aoyama

The Pure Cafe is one of my favorite cafe in Tokyo. I am not a vegetarian but I often go this place to calm my self.http://www.pure-cafe.com/The all dished are so tasty such as Sandwich with Rye Bread『 TANDOORI TOFU Sandwich 』,Grains Salad『 NASI GORENG 』and also their sweets are so good!…(116 words)

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Cafe Vegan Tokyo Sake (Rice wine) Sweets Dinner Lunch Tofu (Soy bean curd) Bread vegetarian
Drop-in Yoga Workshop at Temples in Tokyo images

Drop-in Yoga Workshop at Temples in Tokyo

The following links (I believe their sites are all in Japanese....)are temples in Tokyo area, where they do provide a yoga workshop:@"Kongoin," Toshima-ku every Mon.(10am-) and Wed.(7:30pm-) starting from Aug 4 and 6豊島区 金剛院(8月4日~、6日~開講)※毎週月曜日、水曜日開催詳しくは:h…(249 words)

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Hatha Yoga Lover

Tokyo Chiba Shinjuku Trip Tera (Temple) Stay
How to Be Prepared for Rain in Japan images

How to Be Prepared for Rain in Japan

In my Hawaiian home, we get some type of rain in the morning or evening, the wind gusts strong and a Typhoon comes by every once-in-a-while, but the temperature is pretty much paradise year-round. I was 12 before I realized how each and every day’s weather can be such an exciting experience!My …(889 words)

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Rain Tokyo Train Yokohama Hotel Etiquette Art Sea Train station
What to Do When An Earthquake Hits Japan images

What to Do When An Earthquake Hits Japan

I often tell my friends that Japan might be one of the best places to be in an earthquake. Why? Nooo, you say! “I don't want it to happen when I am in town!” “Cant it wait till I leave?”. Hmmm, Mother Nature is usually pretty unpredictable and actually can be quite surprising in her timing and conc…(761 words)

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Visiting Tokyo? Haneda Airport Information images

Visiting Tokyo? Haneda Airport Information

Though I travel through Haneda airport less frequently than from Narita Airport, I do travel through Haneda about ½ dozen times per year so I wanted to share the airport information with you as I did for Narita airport.Haneda airport is much closer to the center of Tokyo and it is very convenie…(274 words)

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AustinA

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Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas) images

Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas)

Many people think of France, Spain, Italy, California or, more recently, Australia and Chile, when thinking about wine, and Japan is often thought of as a place where you make Japanese sake or beer. But, did you know that Japan has a winery in the Nakaizu area of Shizuoka prefecture? Nakaizu Wi…(907 words)

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jdlawrence

Trip Visit Wine Tokyo Drink Hotel Building Sake (Rice wine)
Where to visit in Fall? images

Where to visit in Fall?

For people living in Tokyo, visiting Yamanashi prefecture in September is a great choice! You can try grape picking there.All the grapes are delicious. Especially, Shine Muscat is one of the best fruits I've ever ate in my life.It tastes like something different from grapes but extremely …(62 words)

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KoheiM

Visit Tokyo Live Yamanashi Grape
Dance Like Fools images

Dance Like Fools

Awaodori is a dance that is performed in summer festivals throughout Japan, but originating in Tokushima Prefecture in the southwestern island of Shikoku. Shikoku is one of the four main islands of Japan, but the one that is often forgotten, because it does not have a major city like Fukuoka or Na…(778 words)

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mikekato

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Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of the Big Corporation, Yamaha images

Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of the Big Corporation, Yamaha

I often wondered about Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture as I watched it slip by during my bullet train rides from Tokyo to Osaka. A very good friend of mine is from Hamamatsu and would tell me about his father’s company. He himself towered over most Japanese men at just under six feet tall and…(873 words)

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Oktoberfest in Japan: Starting in Odaiba this Friday! images

Oktoberfest in Japan: Starting in Odaiba this Friday!

It's been 12 years already since Japan started the Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest in Yokohama for the first time. You can now enjoy the Munich's notorious beer festival throughout Japan such as Tohoku, Nagasaki and Tokyo (Odaiba, Hibiya, Yoyogi and Akihabara, etc.) Today I had a chance to go t…(269 words)

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EmiOnishi

Odaiba Beer Drink Event festival Autumn Tokyo Park Yokohama
Tokyo Skytree Changing the City's Landscape images

Tokyo Skytree Changing the City's Landscape

Tokyo Skytree has changed the landscape of Tokyo. The tall tower is overlooking everything else in Tokyo. From the park along Sumida river in Asakusa you have a good view of Skytree and it is a popular spot for visitors to take pictures. Another spot for Skytree pictures is the Tourist Center in As…(299 words)

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David

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Toyota Mega Web / Theme Park images

Toyota Mega Web / Theme Park

For all of you car enthusiasts out there, and even if you are not one, the Toyota Mega Web and self proclaimed theme park must be put on your list of things to experience while in Tokyo. Located in the middle of the Odaiba’s waterfront attractions, this exhibition offers hours of free entertainmen…(400 words)

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Alex

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Street Performers, Arts & Entertainment in Asakusa - Local Tokyo images

Street Performers, Arts & Entertainment in Asakusa - Local Tokyo

Senso-ji temple is the most famous spot in Tokyo's Asakusa district, but there is more to see. Performers and performing arts are also part of Asakusa’s heritage. So when you come to Senso-ji and look at the temple’s buildings, statues, and big gates don’t stop there. Please take a walk around …(623 words)

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David

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Want to be a Hit in Japan? images

Want to be a Hit in Japan?

Ive been in the DJ business since the 70s and maybe because I was so active in Hawaii and Hawaii is one of Japan's favorite tourist destinations, I have ended up in this amazing and endlessly exciting metropolis, Tokyo. I DJ on several stations including InterFM, and I do podcasts about various…(394 words)

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Kong

Tokyo Music English Entertainment Business Market
First time we've seen free entrance for all internationals at a Huge Tokyo Anime Event images

First time we've seen free entrance for all internationals at a Huge Tokyo Anime Event

Last weekend there was another brick laid in to the proverbial wall of internationalization in Japan.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLtlwT_UT3QAfter many years in Japan, I have never seen a huge anime event mostly in Japanese that was so well attended by internationals. Yes, everyone turns…(309 words)

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