Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tokyo Daytripper: Top 10 Kanagawa Sights

Of Tokyo’s three surrounding prefectures it’s fair to say that Kanagawa offers some of the better attractions for day trips from the capital and so this list was certainly easier to compile than the Top 10 Saitama Sights and the Top 10 Chiba Sights. However, … Continue reading

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Watching Urawa Reds vs Arsenal In The Saitama Challenge Cup Final

Friendlies are, and always have been fairly pointless games to watch. I have known this for a long, long time but that hasn’t usually stopped me from going to watch these games but an absence of football in the Summer … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘Battle Royale’ (2000)

Due to overwhelming popular demand (two people!) it’s time to throw in my two cents on this Japanese movie which is included in this series owing to its popularity in the Western world. The violent ‘Battle Royale‘ (or ‘Batoru Rowaiaru‘ … Continue reading

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Is Low Teacher Talking Time (TTT) Really All That?

Do any teaching course or read any book on how to teach English as a foreign language and at some point you’ll inevitably come across something about how low TTT (teacher talking time) is essential and of upmost importance in … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Wan Love At A Tokyo Dog Cafe

When you’ve lived in Tokyo for a while you kind of get used to seeing quirky things and they often just don’t even register in your mind as being unusual. This type of cafe was one such example and is … Continue reading

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Feel The Force: Star Wars x Glico Products

I got a tip-off the other day that some Convenience Stores had just become stocked full of snacks and drinks with some kind of Star Wars tie-in. Now, of course this sort of thing is nothing new for just about … Continue reading

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So, Who Exactly Is My Girlfriend?

She’s been mentioned on this site (and this site only!) for quite a while. We’ve been together much, much longer than that and a couple of months ago I finally confirmed it properly on here following rumours around my workplace about … Continue reading

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Tanabata (Star Festival) Kids Lessons

The 7th of July in Japan is known as Tanabata (七夕) which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are only allowed to meet once a year on the … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Art Attack In Tachikawa

Travel way out west in Tokyo and you’ll find a place called Tachikawa which is a large public art hot spot where one can enjoy over 100 sculptures by an array of international artists. The area is known as Faret … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Tsuki No Sabaku (Jordan)

One of the most common questions I get asked (usually in broken or bad English!) is what’s the best country I’ve ever visited and it’s kind of impossible to answer as how can one really truthfully compare two fairly random countries. … Continue reading

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