Monthly Archives: September 2021

Tokyo Daytripper: A Temple Dedicated To Japanese Tumbling Dolls

Japan has many symbols of luck and good fortunes such as the maneki neko cat figurines,  omamori (protective amulets) and omikuji (paper fortunes) but one of the more interesting ones is the tumbling doll known as daruma. These colourful wooden … Continue reading

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A Wet Walk Around The Rugged Volcanic Rock Shore In Izu

  Back in August, my wife and I spent six days in Izu but the weather was so sh*t that we did very little outside of the house. However, there was a brief respite one afternoon so, desperate to get … Continue reading

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All The James Bond Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

  Covid-19 running rampant around the world gave many of us time to slow down and look back at what we have rather than seeking out new material all the time. With that in mind,  it was the ideal opportunity … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: The Giant White Kannon Statue Keeping An Eye On It`s Residents

A giant white-robed goddess of mercy standing tall and overlooking Japanese towns and cities is something that always grabs my attention. This one is located a couple of hours north of Tokyo and as soon as I found out about … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)

Over the years there have been about a dozen G.I. Joe movies and animated TV shows as well as a series of video games and comics and I have consumed none of them so went into this origins film with … Continue reading

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Another Abandoned Building On The Shores Of Lake Ippeki And The Regular Visit To Komuroyama

A few years ago I wrote about the abandoned ruins of a lakeside hotel close to the shores of Lake Ippeki-ko in Ito but little did I know that there were more nearby! Another hotel too.   Usually such derelict … Continue reading

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Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #15 Chiyoda

#15. Chiyoda 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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Tokyo Daytripper: The Sacred Underground Palace North Of Tokyo

“A spiritual cave beneath a Japanese garden” was enough to get me interested in this 400 meter-long underground tunnel north of Tokyo.   On my previous visit to Takasaki at the start of this year I picked up a free … Continue reading

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The Station Just Over The Border From Tokyo Which Has No Trains At All For 8 Hours…In The Daytime!

  The beauty of taking trains in and around Tokyo is that you never have to wait too long if you miss your intended train. That is definitely not the case though at this station just over the border from … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……James Bond Filming Locations From The Daniel Craig Era

After multiple delays due to Covid_19 it seems like the 25th Eon-produced James Bond film is finally ready (I won`t believe it until I`m watching it in the cinema!) to see the light of day having been finished and ready … Continue reading

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