Monthly Archives: November 2013

The 47 Rōnin At Sengakuji Temple

With a big Hollywood actor now starring in the forthcoming ‘47 Rōnin‘ movie the story of these 47 loyal samurai will be taken to an all-new and much bigger audience. Unbelievably, its one of those rare films which gets its … Continue reading

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TF Recipes #2 – Sashimi On Toast

Way back in 2010 we introduced you to the fine delicacy that is miso-on-toast (seen here in TF Recipes #1) and now, over three and a half years later, is the not-so anticipated follow up! Follow these five simple steps to make … Continue reading

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On Screen #3 – Myanmar (Burma)

What I like about doing the research for this On Screen series is finding out how scenes in certain countries are faked and filmed elsewhere or in the studio. Myanmar, or Burma as it was formerly known, is one such … Continue reading

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Back To Where It All Began In Japan

Today marks ten years since I first arrived in Japan although I’ve not actually been here the whole time as I had a stint away in-between jobs in 2004 and 2005. All I can recall of my first couple of days … Continue reading

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I Did A Presentation At An English Club In Tokyo

The Kiyose International Club is a volunteer group that hosts events and parties for foreigners and neighbouring guests as well as also having Japanese classes, a choir and conferences for foreigners. One of my students is in charge of organising … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Mastermind (1976)

No, this is nothing to do with the long running British quiz show and its challenging questions. Quite the opposite actually as this is anything but serious and is a light parody  about how Asian culture is perceived in the west. Most people … Continue reading

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TF Flashback – Summer Bay & Meeting A Soapstar! (2002)

Long before I got into tracking down movie locations on a regular basis I very much enjoyed visiting some of the principle shooting scenes for a couple of Australian soaps which were hugely popular back in Britain in the late … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Japan (Tokyo)

Japan has featured a fair few times now in Anthony Bourdain’s previous TV work (‘A Cook’s Tour‘ and ‘No Reservations‘) but this was the first time to visit here since he joined CNN. The seventh episode of the second season … Continue reading

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TF Top 5……Italy Filming Locations

The promised land of Italy is a magnet for attracting hordes of tourists from all over the world who of course head for the wonderful landscapes in Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and so on but the country also delivers big … Continue reading

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Jawa Power At Halloween (Plus A Lot Of Batman!)

Almost as soon as I had wrapped up last year’s Halloween festivities, thoughts turned to what to wear for this years kids party and night out. 2012 saw the return of Darth Maul to the Clone Wars animated series and … Continue reading

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