Monthly Archives: September 2019

Manic Street Preachers Live In Tokyo 2019

Following tours marking two decades since the release of ‘The Holy Bible‘ (1994) and ‘Everything Must Go‘ (1996) it was perhaps inevitable that the the Manic Street Preachers would do the same for ‘This Is my Truth Tell Me Yours‘ (1998). … Continue reading

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A Long & Steep Ride To Check Out The Cycle Racing Track Which Will Be Used At Tokyo 2020

  Tokyo may be the host city for next Summer’s Olympic Games but there are a few events taking place in other prefectures of Japan such as: Shooting – Asaka (Saitama); Golf – Kasumigaseki Country Club (Saitama); Surfing – Tsurigasaki (Chiba); … Continue reading

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The Highs & Lows Of Watching England’s First Match At The Rugby World Cup In Sapporo

  In November 2003 it was only my second day in Japan when England beat Australia to win the Rugby World Cup Final. That night out in Roppongi proved to be a hugely memorable night. 16 years on and I now … Continue reading

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One Of Japan’s Most Beautiful Beaches Plus A Dilapidated Castle, A Loop Road & Shizuoka Cola

  The weather forecast for the August Obon holiday was rather unpredictable to say the least. Pretty much everyday was meant to be rainy or stormy if you believe what the apps tell you! I had to basically just wake … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Restaurant That Only Sells Canned Food!

Think of canned food and the likes of spam, tuna, corned beef and sardines comes to mind but the ones on sale at this quirky bar are a far cry from those classics. A few years ago the Rambling Northerner … Continue reading

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Taking A Bicycle On A Train In Japan – It It Actually Allowed?

When I got a new bike (second-hand from a friend) last October I was aware that it could be folded in half and started to get excited about the possibility of taking it on a train which would open up … Continue reading

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On The Fox Trail……At Sasuke Inari Shrine (Kanagawa)

One of the comments in the last ‘On The Fox Trail…’ post alerted me to this wonderful shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture. Despite having been to Kamakura on numerous occasions over the years I was completely oblivious to the fox shrine … Continue reading

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Japan & South Africa Meet For The First Time Since “That” Huge Shock In 2015

  It was one of the biggest upsets in sporting history and helped propel rugby into the consciousness of a nation where the game had often just been a footnote on sports bulletins. I am of course talking about Japan’s … Continue reading

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Tokyo Filming Locations #18 – As The Moon, So Beautiful (2017-)

Anime is one of those things which has really helped bring Japan and Japanese culture to the attention of many people overseas. I certainly wouldn’t call myself an anime fan as such but that’s not to say I haven’t had my … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #21

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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