Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tokyo Filming Locations #3 – Kill Bill (2004)

Due to parts of ‘Kill Bill’ being in Japanese (which aren’t subtitled in Japan) I didn’t get into it on my first viewing back in 2004 but when I saw it again five years later my mind was completely changed and I really enjoyed it. It’s … Continue reading

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Tokyo Filming Locations #2 – Lost In Translation (2003)

‘Lost In Translation‘ came out not long after I came to Japan for the first time back in 2003 and though I didn’t think too much of the actual story I quite enjoyed it simply for the fact that it was … Continue reading

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Tokyo Filming Locations #1 – You Only Live Twice (1967)

One of the first major international films to use Japan’s capital as a backdrop was the 1967 James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’ starring Sean Connery. Despite being killed off before Nancy Sinatra’s beautiful 007 theme kicks in, its just a crafy … Continue reading

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Running To Standstill

Since about July 2006 I have been running regularly (anything between one and four times a week) and its really been part of my life and for somone who has a sweet tooth its really helped me keep my weight … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Ramen Girl’ (2008)

The late Brittany Murphy plays the overly common ‘fish out of water’ role in this one which follows the ‘The Karate Kid’ style format in terms of student respecting and doing all that the teacher requests beginning with taking pride … Continue reading

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Credit In Japan Is Not On The Cards!

When I was in Turkey a few months ago I talked about having money problems regarding my UK credit card being rejected. I never bothered sorting out that card as I was hoping to get a Japanese credit card which would … Continue reading

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Back To Square One At Leicester As Pearson Returns

Three weeks ago I woke up to the news that Sven Goran-Eriksson had been sacked by Leicester which, despite our inconsistent form, was quite a shock. Personally I’ve always been a big fan of the Swede but whether he’s suited … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Autumn Leaves In Chichibu

It’s that time of year now when the Japanese get very excited about the brightly coloured red and yellow leaves which appear all around Japan between mid-October and mid-December depending on the part of the country. Yesterday was supposedly the … Continue reading

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Pepsi Pink

Saw this latest weird Pepsi flavour in the convenience store by chance on its launch date a few days ago.   To see previous flavours just click on the links below: Pepsi Mont Blanc    Pepsi Baobab    Pepsi Azuki    Pepsi Shiso … Continue reading

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‘An Idiot Abroad’ In Japan

Creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant very much added to their already impressive portfolio of television work last year with ‘An Idiot Abroad’ on Sky One which featured their mate Karl Pilkington visiting the seven wonders of the world. In … Continue reading

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