• The Abandoned Negishi Grandstand
    May 1st, 2012By Category: Photography
    In Yokohama, near Tokyo, there is one of the most famous ruins of Japan: Negishi Grandstand. This is a favorite spot among Japanese urban explorers but despite its outside, I have never dared to explore it. It is located inside Negishi park, right next to the Un ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan on Foot – Part 2
    May 1st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    “Japan on Foot” (published by Fine Line Press) chronicles the exploits of two “roving reporters” (one English, one Japanese) who set off to capture the spirit of Japan by walking the length and breadth of the country, a 15-month odyssey of 7,500 kilometers. Mary reco ... » Continue Reading
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    Inokashira Power!
    April 30th, 2012By Category: Play
    Usually when you participate in hanami, you go to a park, sit under a sakura tree, and enjoy a good (perhaps boozy) time with some friends. Sharing the park with many other people engaging in hanami, you'd expect to see some characters enjoying the sakura season ... » Continue Reading
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    Digest so far: 4/15~4/27
    April 29th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    4/15 (Sun.) Trendy condiment in Japan: Shiokoji (salted rice malt)   4/16 (Mon.) U.S. hamburger chain restaurants offer some unusual items in Japan Other Posts:Japan’s best kept secret for sakura viewingThe Sake Project: Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 48 (Nama)T ... » Continue Reading
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    Golden Week 2012 in Japan
    April 27th, 2012By Category: Play
    Golden Week in Japan is fast approaching. The end of April through around May 5th is called “Golden Week” in Japan and is based around a period of Japanese national holidays. Golden Week in 2012 is based on two separate holidays of 3 and 4 days. The first is fro ... » Continue Reading
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    An Illustrated Guide to the 12 Creatures That Haunt the Crowded Trains of Tokyo
    April 27th, 2012By Category: Play
    Tokyo. Japan’s capital and home to roughly 12,790,000 people, making it the world’s most populous metropolis. Running through this great city is one of the world’s most extensive urban rail networks, composed of surface trains and subways that carry some 40 million ... » Continue Reading
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    Anime Psychedelica the Work of Satoshi Kon
    April 26th, 2012By Category: Play
    While studying photography on a secluded part of the south coast of California in the late nineties I dated a frisky young blonde co-ed for a little more than a year. In our breaks from study we camped in Big Sur, visited her father’s home in Palo Alto and accom ... » Continue Reading
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    The Sake Project: Sawa no I – Tokubetsu Junmai
    April 23rd, 2012By Category: Play
    Bottle 3 - Sawa no I - Tokubetsu Junmai I am proud to be reviewing this superb offering from the always reliable Sawa no I Brewery. Set on the banks of the Tama River in Western Tokyo, Sawa no I has been churning out great sake for three centuries, due to its being in ... » Continue Reading
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    Some unusual pizza menu items in Japan
    April 23rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Last week, we introduced some unique items on the menu at  U.S. hamburger chain restaurants in Japan. See U.S. hamburger chain restaurants offer some unusual items in Japan. This week, GaijinPot looks at unique items on the Japan menus of American pizza delivery brands ... » Continue Reading
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    TV commercial of the week: KARA for SoyCarat
    April 23rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The video below is the commercial for the healthy snack food “SoyCarat” from Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company which manufactures, distributes, exports and imports pharmaceuticals, clinical testing equipment, medical equipment, food products and cosmetics. SoyCarat is ... » Continue Reading
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    Instant ramen #1 on favorite Japanese factory tours, field trips
    April 21st, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The Japanese version of the popular travel information site Trip Adviser recently published a list of the best factory tours in Japan. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the nation’s most popular exports makes it to number one. The list used user feedback about facto ... » Continue Reading
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    Okonomiyaki and how to make it
    April 20th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake based on a batter containing a variety of ingredients and cooked on a hot plate. The name “okonomiyaki” is derived from the Japanese word “okonomi” meaning “what you like” or “what you want” and “yaki” meaning “grilled” or ... » Continue Reading