Monthly Archives: July 2021

Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #35 – Dinosaur Slide

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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The Station Just Over The Border From Tokyo Which You Can`t Exit (Unless You Work For Toshiba)

Little did I know when I visited the virtually abandoned Kokudō Station a few years ago that just a few stops further down the line were some other interesting stations, including one which you can only exit if you work … Continue reading

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TF Flashback: The Trip To Seoul In 2006 Which Really Kickstarted Many Years Of Asian Travel

Research and preparation before any overseas trip is something I have long done but it hasn’t always been that way. My first overseas trip whilst based in Japan was to South Korea in the early days of January 2006. Along … Continue reading

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TF Top 5……Films Set In Japan From The 1960s & 1970s

  In terms of the total number of films ‘set’ in Japan, it was fairly slim pickings for the two decades between 1960 and 1979. Hopefully, I’ve been fairly extensive and have reviewed every one of them from that era but … Continue reading

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Strawberry Vending Machines, A Big Buddha, Micro Shrines, Unstaffed Stations & Being The Only Train Passenger In Izu

The majority of my time in Izu back in early May was mostly just spent at home with the family but on about the sixth day I finally found some time to get out on my own for an afternoon. … Continue reading

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Visiting The Museum In Izu Which Is Dedicated To Hina Dolls

  Japan is known for its slightly quirky festivals, and each year on March 3rd there is one dedicated to dolls which many girls take part in. These little dolls aren`t the kind that you play with though as they … Continue reading

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Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #13 Edogawa

#13. Edogawa Cycling may be something that I love to do but I’m not really one who goes for a ride without some kind of aim whether it be to a restaurant, a sight or just my workplace. With that … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Super-Thick Grilled Ginger Steak-Like Pork

Watching Japanese TV is often quite intolerable for many foreigners. Of course there`s the language problem but it goes far beyond that. From the garish-coloured sets to the bright, flashing kanji captions (accompanied by silly sound effects) to the little box in the … Continue reading

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Dark Tourist (Japan Special) Vol. 04

The 2018 Netflix series ‘Dark Tourist‘ featured New Zealand journalist David Farrier visiting eight different countries (including Japan) on a mission to visit all manner of places relating to humans suffering in some sort of way whether it be victims of … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Songs About Japan From The 2010s

  For many decades now, international artists have often felt the need to put pen to paper and write some lyrics about their Japanese experience, particularly visiting Tokyo. Most of the songs are far from being their greatest work but … Continue reading

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