Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Birthplace Of Shibuya’s Beloved, Faithful Dog Hachiko Is Actually In Akita Prefecture

Anyone who has ever been to Shibuya will no doubt be aware of the story of Hachiko; the loyal dog who continued to wait for his master each night for many years after his master had died. The statue that … Continue reading

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These Train Stations Have To Be Some Of The Most Interesting Looking Ones In All Of Japan

There’s something alluring for me about the small, local train stations in Japan. They are a far cry from the overly crowded ones I use during my commute on a daily basis in Tokyo. The first two in this post … Continue reading

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On The Fox Trail……At Takayama Inari-Jinja Shrine (Aomori)

If you thought that Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Yamaguchi prefecture was difficult to get to then that was nothing really compared to getting to this shrine in the north-west of Honshu; Japan’s mainland. The day began in Aomori and from … Continue reading

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Apple Curry, Hirosaki Castle & An Apt Pun-Based Name For The Local Japanese Idol Group!

It wasn’t quite all local trains on this trip up north to the Tohoku area as I had to take a bus from Morioka Station to Hirosaki (3000 yen). The journey took about two hours and was the best way of getting … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Taste Of Jar Jar In Morioka (Iwate)

There are three noodle dishes which Morioka is famous for. One of the most popular is the amusingly named wanko soba which come in small bowls and are consumed one after another until you’ve had enough. This has been covered … Continue reading

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Only In Japan: A Huge Gas Tank Decorated To Look Like A Fruit!

In any other country, such things like gas tanks would just be left in their natural state. However, that’s not always the way in Japan where some of the gas companies like to spruce them up a bit. Other decorated … Continue reading

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The Ancient City Of Hiraizumi In Iwate Prefecture

As soon as I heard that Hiraizumi was known as an ancient city I was keen to visit it. If you’d mentioned that name to me a few days before I would have not been any wiser! Once I was done … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Truly Novel Way Of Buying Food At Genbikei Gorge

   We tend to think of mistakes as bad things. Of course they are sometimes but naturally, we learn from them and in this case my silly error ultimately resulted in a very rewarding moment. This all happened at Genbikei … Continue reading

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A Trio Of Top Sights In The Aizu Wakamatsu Region

Five weeks on from my last trip up north I headed that way again but there was to be a stop at Aizu Wakumatsu en-route to my nights accommodation in Sendai. It also happened to be my birthday and so, … Continue reading

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