Monthly Archives: February 2013

Dining Out: IKEA (Sweden)

No sooner had I dined out at this Swedish retail giant and it was in the news headlines for the very thing that I ate in its restaurant. It was reported in the British media that traces of horse meat … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Top 10 Saitama Sights

Some Tokyo-ites like to refer to this prefecture as dasaitama (“uncool-tama”) and they’re probably right….to an extent, but thats certainly not to say that it doesn’t have its share of sights which can make for a pleasant day trip from Tokyo. As … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Hunted’ (1995)

Christopher Lambert’s character Paul Racine is a New Yorker who gets lucky with a mysterious oriental lady whilst on a business trip to Nagoya. After their night of passion he basically finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Cycling To Tsukuda And Back (Almost!)

On a bitterly cold and extremely windy February morning it would have been so easy for me to just take the Yurakucho line directly all the way to Tsukishima station but having the bicycle gives me the freedom to roam … Continue reading

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TF Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

This is the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden and is director Kathryn Bigelow’s first movie since ‘The Hurt Locker‘ (2008) which was critically acclaimed. I can’t say that I ever really went along with the hype of that … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Meguro Tavern (British)

“Where are you gonna go for British food then?” is probably the most common question I’ve been asked since I started regularly dining out at international restaurants in Tokyo. Whilst most of the many British bars in and around Tokyo … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Tora-san Meets Me In Shibamata!

I’d never heard of this place until I saw it mentioned in one of my film travel books a couple of years back. Little did I know that it was just down the road from Kanamachi on the Tokyo/Chiba border … Continue reading

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Italy Filming Locations: Angels & Demons (2009)

It’s fair to say I’ve been to quite a few filming locations over the last five years and as rewarding as they have all been it aint half nice to recognise places you’ve been to when watching an unseen movie. … Continue reading

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Music Videos Filmed In Japan #3 Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Man On Mars’ (2011)

Although I was very much into the Kaiser Chiefs in the mid-late 2000’s my interest in them had sadly dwindled by the time their 4th album ‘The Future Is Medieval‘ came out. That is my only excuse for not having … Continue reading

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TF Film Review: Life Of Pi (2012)

When I first heard last year that this Yann Martel booker prize winning novel was being made into a film I was taken aback. Only one question came to mind “How on earth can this be done?!” Having read and … Continue reading

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