Monthly Archives: June 2017

A Day In Utsunomiya (Tochigi Prefecture)

  Mention the city of Utsunomiya to any Japanese person and the likely first response will be a remark about gyoza. This part of Tochigi prefecture is famed for these delectable  dumplings and so Neil and I felt obliged to … Continue reading

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Live Basketball Play Off Final In Tokyo

What I thought I knew about basketball before going to this live game could probably have been written on a very small piece of paper. However, as the game tipped off, I soon discovered that I knew more than I … Continue reading

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Tokyo Filming Locations #16 – Your Name (2016)

This critically acclaimed animation from director Makoto Shinkai has been wowing audiences in Japan and around the world ever since it premiered last August. ‘Your Name‘ (original Japanese title: ‘Kimi No Na Wa‘) is a beautifully animated teen romance film with fantasy … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Bar In Tokyo

  A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away I went to this science fiction themed bar in the east of Tokyo. Apologies for that opening line but (not for the first time!) I couldn’t think of … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #4

Many of the parks and children’s playgrounds in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, are quite poor compared to other countries in terms of space, surroundings and a lack of grass. However, a handful of them do tend to possess extremely creative structures … Continue reading

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Local Life In Itō

The Japanese Golden Week holiday at the end of April and start of May might have looked like it was relentlessly busy based on the many recent posts compiled from various day trips and places visited. However, there was quite … Continue reading

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Banana Wani-En Gardens

My parents-in-law bought a second home in Ito earlier this year and before my first couple of visits I asked a group of students about things to do on the Izu Peninsula. The first answer to come back was about … Continue reading

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