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  • Japanese Sumo
    January 13th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Just before the holidays, the Japan National Tourist Organisation and GaijijnPot ran a competition to win free tickets to see Sumo.  The competition received a ton of entries - thanks to all who did apply and sorry for those who didn't win this time.  Do remember th ... » Continue Reading
  • Crazy Police Calls in Japan
    January 13th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    photo credit: midorisyu 110 is the number to dial if you’re in real serious trouble and need the police. But what constitutes real serious trouble? “Hello, police? I hurt my foot and can’t move. Could you bring me a medicated bandage from the drug store?” “Hello, p ... » Continue Reading
  • 100 % Chocolate Cafe
    January 7th, 2010By Category: Travel
    The 100 % chocolate cafe, run by Japan's confectioner extraordinare Meiji is the mecca for everyone with a sweet tooth in the Tokyo area.  With both Valentines Day and White Day fast approaching, it could also be your savior in getting something great for your speci ... » Continue Reading
  • Japan’s Fast Fashion
    January 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Fast fashion retail was undoubtedly the buzzword for 2009 as the slow economy drove Japanese consumers away from top luxury brands to affordable—but good-quality—gear. But don’t expect the cheap and chic brands to go away quickly in 2010, even if Japan gets out i ... » Continue Reading
  • Haneda Airport
    January 4th, 2010By Category: Travel
    The Shibuya246 blog recently covered some of the changes taking place at Tokyo's main domestic airport, Haneda.  With a new terminal building close to completion and the addition of international slots expected to boost traffic to over 90 million people a year, Hane ... » Continue Reading
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    Top 5 Best Selling Japanese Products of December 2009
    December 29th, 2009By Category: Shopping
    FlutterScape is an online marketplace for sharing and discovering unique products from Japan. The site offers buyers the chance to get interesting items of any kind while those already in Japan can make money selling them. Here are their top 5 best selling products ... » Continue Reading
  • Japan’s Party Girl of 2009
    December 18th, 2009By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    Its party season in Japan with work bonenkai's, christmas parties and the like.  “Don't think too much, just let yourself go' is the advice of Japan's party queen of the 2009, Ryoko Yonekura. GaijinPot was invited to attend the award ceremony and we were able to sn ... » Continue Reading
  • Video: Interview with the man behind The Web Trend Map
    December 10th, 2009By Category: Video
    The Web Trend Map, designed by Oliver Reichenstein of Information Architects, plots the Internet’s leading brands and services onto the Tokyo Metro map. Displayed in the offices of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Wordpress and CERN,  the domains and personalities are posit ... » Continue Reading
  • Video: Behind the scenes of Japan Fashion Week
    October 30th, 2009By Category: Video
    Japan Fashion Week wrapped up last week in Tokyo Midtown, the event passed a lot of people in the international press by, but Tokyo still remains the place where H&M, Forever 21 and a host of other major brands battle for every last millimeter of retail space.  We t ... » Continue Reading
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    Sending/Transferring Money to and from Japan
    August 26th, 2009By Category: Uncategorized
    Sending money to your home country or transferring it within Japan doesn’t have to be difficult, this section is here to help make things as easy as possible. There are a number of options available for sending money overseas. When transferring money the two things t ... » Continue Reading