Monthly Archives: July 2019

Tokyo Daytripper: The Creepiest Buddha Statue In Japan!

Just when I thought I’d seen about every possible variation of buddha in Japan, I came across this one. Whilst others have come in a variety of colours, materials, sizes and positions (standing, sitting, reclining…) nothing compares to this statue … Continue reading

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Australia Filming Locations #7 – Killer Elite (2011)

  One can always rely on a Jason Statham film to deliver an entertaining 90 minutes or so of the action and violence we’ve come to expect from a man who once represented England at diving in the Commonwealth Games! … Continue reading

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Abukumua Cave: A World Of Fantasy Beauty Created A Long Time Ago

To the best of my knowledge, there are nine Stalactite caves in Japan and they are all fairly spread out. The limestone cave of Akiyoshidou in Yamaguchi Prefecture is the only one I’d visited before taking this trip deep into … Continue reading

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An English Team Playing A Friendly In Japan! It’s Been A While…

  Back in the first half of the 2000’s, top English and European teams would seemingly come quite often to Japan to play some pre-season friendlies but then they dried up as the likes of America, China or even Australia … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #20

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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An Epic Journey To See The Temple With Hundreds Of Unique Faced Statues And TV Cameras Were There To Film Me Too!

Statues are common features of temples and shrines in Japan but this one, deep in Japanese countryside, has close to 500 where no two are the same. The day began by taking the 8:00 am Ban’etsu East Line south-east of … Continue reading

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Japan’s Biggest Jizō Statue & Mummy Troubles!

This mini-trip taking in some sights of Japan’s northern region began by heading out eastwards from Tokyo to Mito Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. The 15 minute window before my next train meant I had sufficient time to pop out of … Continue reading

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A Posthumous Marriage Temple, A Precariously-Balanced Building & Foot Spas In Japan’s Premier Cherry Region

Yamagata Prefecture is somewhere I only really passed though on my travels in Japan’s northern region last Summer so I was determined to go back at some point and actually see something more than the inside of train stations! That opportunity probably … Continue reading

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Yamadera: The Mountain Temple That’s Reminiscent Of One From A Batman Movie

“It’s like the temple where Bruce Wayne trains to become Batman” That is how Chris Broad of the popular ‘Abroad In Japan‘ YouTube channel described this place in Yamagata Prefecture. He was referring to scenes in

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Watching J-League Football On A Very Rainy Night Up In Yamagata

  The rainy season in Japan is well underway and for many people it can be a frustrating time with constant wet conditions for weeks on end. Certainly not ideal for watching or playing football, especially when many grounds in … Continue reading

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