• O.G.A. For Aid in Minamisanriku
    November 13th, 2012By Category: Events
    At the end of September, I took one of my many trips to Minamisanriku Cho, a town 324 kilometers south of my home in Aomori city. With my fully loaded DS400 Yamaha cruiser I left Aomori City at 21:00 and arrived at the O.G.A. FOR AID Bunkhouse at 1:30AM. As usua ... » Continue Reading
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    Donut Shop in Omotesando
    November 13th, 2012By Category: Play
    Coffee starts my day right. But it would be really nice if I can pair it with bread or donuts. This pair is the perfect start to a long week of work and I'm sure that anything good, delicious, bright and colorful would make mornings perfect...things that this shop o ... » Continue Reading
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    Pirate Ships From Hakone
    November 12th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    As a child, I was fascinated by adventure books with explorers and pirates and I was dreaming of sailing away… I know, it’s unusual for a girl, but I even learned some sailing and navigation terms. So, when I visited Hakone, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the ... » Continue Reading
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    Why Japanese People Are Comfortable With Nakedness
    November 9th, 2012By Category: Play
    Japanese are often described as polite, hard-working, yet passive or shy. But one area Japanese people are not hazukashii is when it comes to nudity. Feudal peasants wore nothing more than a loin cloth—and it seems not much has changed when we look at the sumo wrestle ... » Continue Reading
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    Calling All Record Collectors – One Box Record Fair is back.
    November 8th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    I recently caught up with long-term Japan resident, music collector, cricket fan and all-around good Scotsman Iain Lambert for a chat about his quarterly event, One Box Record Fair. 1. What is the OBRF and how did it get started? IL: The One Box Record Fai ... » Continue Reading
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    The Colors of Autumn in Nikko
    November 8th, 2012By Category: Play
    Visit Nikko before the autumn leaves finally drop off (see the autumn colour report www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html).  It is spectacular but also has the added bonus of lots of other things to do including the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu and Kegon Waterfal ... » Continue Reading
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    Literally Lost and Lost in Translation: iPhone Maps System in Japan
    November 6th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    First of all, Google maps is really stupid. Anyone who spends more than 5 minutes in Japan quickly learns that  all street signs, all train signs, and all signs that are at all useful for navigation in Japan have Romaji on them (English alphabet). This is because Kanji ... » Continue Reading
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    Nagoya Food Trip
    November 5th, 2012By Category: Play
    Mameya Nori Nori Restaurant is located in Nagoya, Japan. It has that cozy Japanese feel that would make you enjoy your meal any time of the day and I was glad to have tried and experienced another Japanese food trip in this part of the country. The sign outside t ... » Continue Reading
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    How Will American Fast Food Affect Japanese Culture?
    November 2nd, 2012By Category: Play
    I won't lie, I DO love a good Mickey D's strawberry shake and some fries. This Crispy apple pies ain't bad neither. Mmm, mmm, mmm! I will be the first one to tell you that a McDonald’s chicken sandwich with a large order of crispy, lightly salted, golden fries fol ... » Continue Reading
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    Winter Illuminations in Japan
    November 2nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    During the colder months in Japan a lot of places put on spectacular night time illuminations. The illuminations usually start late autumn and last until early February. Most are FREE and definitely worth checking out as they are a highlight of winter in Japan. ... » Continue Reading
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    Nice Rides: Cycling from Atami to Shimoda
    November 1st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Since moving to Japan this past spring I have heard many great things about the Izu Peninsula (Izu Hanto) including that it has Hawaii-like scenery and beaches, loads of suitable places for surfing, wind surfing, fishing, and camping, and excellent roads for bicycle ... » Continue Reading
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    This Cat’s Birthday
    November 1st, 2012By Category: Play
    10 Interesting facts you may not know about Hello Kitty 1. Hello Kitty’s real name is Kitty White and she was born in the suburbs of London, England on November 1st.  Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty British because at the time when she was created in 1974, for ... » Continue Reading