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  • Night Time Sakura
    April 8th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Parks and hanami festivals were especially busy this year as they hit full bloom on the first weekend with warm weather to hit Tokyo in 2010.  Ueno, Yoyogi and all the other parks were packed with thousands of visitors as everybody went out to enjoy Tokyo in all its spl ... » Continue Reading
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    The rise and fall of the Roppongi Hills ‘tribe’
    April 2nd, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Some think that Roppongi Hills is cursed. A real estate agent owner jokingly comments, “Recently, people say that residents of Roppongi Hills are doomed. You know, it’s the number 666,” – referring to the three 6s in Roppongi 6-chome Roppongi Hills. The curse h ... » Continue Reading
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    Golf Fashion in Japan
    March 31st, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    In the bubble years, the image of golf in Japan was one of wealthy businessmen paying exorbitant sums of money to be members of elite golf courses where waiting lists to play often extended over a one month period. More recently, a great many of the Japanese golf cour ... » Continue Reading
  • Tokyo Anime Fair
    March 29th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Sunday saw the Tokyo Anime Fair come to a close, GaijinPot was there to catch some of the action. After reaching a peak in 2006, the number of anime minutes made for Japanese TV fell 20% to 108,342 in 2009, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Wh ... » Continue Reading
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    Businesses In Japan – Rebuilding Trust in the New Decade
    March 25th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Toyota’s recent global recall comes at a terrible time: Amid the lingering 2008 financial crisis, the  public is skeptical – at best – of big business. Governments are also facing trust deficits arising from the financial crises, leadership failures on topics such a ... » Continue Reading
  • Train Spotting in Japan
    March 25th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    For train buffs, the merit of staying at a hotel in Japan by a train station is not just a convenience. Many people are now going especially to watch and photograph trains in bliss the way others do for ocean views. Several hotels have seen a market there, and their ... » Continue Reading
  • Snowboarding in Japan
    March 19th, 2010By Category: Outdoor/Sports
    I have lived in Japan for some time now. Unlike countries where outdoors living is at your doorstep, Japan’s needs to be discovered or created. In the coming seasons I will share some of my adventures here and hopefully provide some inspiration to explore them for you ... » Continue Reading
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    Docomo i-mode
    March 15th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Takeshi Natsuno is well known in Japan as the creator of Docomo’s i-mode platform for their cell phones.  Local blog recently attended an event where he talked about the future of the mobile phone market in Japan, it's opportunities, the disruption caus ... » Continue Reading
  • Tokyo Girls Collection
    March 12th, 2010By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    Tokyo Girls Collection celebrated its 10th show earlier this month at the Yokohama Arena.   Since TGC began its twice-a-year show in 2005, it has become a major fashion event that attracts over 23,000 girls – all in their 20s / early 30s, and more media people than ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Architecture – some comments on the current condition
    March 12th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Architecture in Japan is a broad canvas. There is a great deal of history and a legacy of craftsmanship behind the formidable engineering and highly regarded aesthetic sensibility that drives the reputation today. An army of superlatives readily rolls out. From the o ... » Continue Reading