Monthly Archives: March 2022

Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #38 – Snail 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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If You Like The Strange Mix Of Toys, Dolls And Cars Then This Museum Is Definitely For You!

This was the middle part of my trilogy of quirky musuems in the Yoshioka area of Gunma Prefecture, and the most normal of the three if a mix of toys, dolls, cars and pop-art can be considered such a thing! … Continue reading

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Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #7 – Arao

Think of train stations in Japan and the mighty Shinjuku station is sure to come to mind for many people. That is the world’s busiest train station, and Japan monopolises the top 50 list with only five of them not in … Continue reading

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The Ups & Downs Of Going To One Of Tokyo’s Climbing Gyms

It has become something of a tradition in recent years to have an annual meeting or two with former colleague George. The majority of our meet-ups have been food related (train themed curry, happy rainbow ramen etc), and this one … Continue reading

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Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #21 Setagaya

#21. Setagaya 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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Kyoto Filming Locations: Lost In Translation (2003)

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for much of this film it has served me well and the ‘Tokyo Filming Locations‘ post on it actually used to get a few hundred hits on a daily basis for many years. As is … Continue reading

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Alphabet Dating In Japan With My Wife Who Was Completely Unaware Of The Task At Hand! (S01E02: F-J)

  When I heard this idea on the radio a few years ago I thought it might be something that I could try as a way of motivating myself to go to some places with my wife that I’m usually … Continue reading

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The Quickest Route To Ride The A-Z Of Tokyo Subway Stations!

Off the back of my second time to cycle around all the Yamanote Line stations the natural follow-up was the A-Z of Tokyo Subway stations as that is what I did after my initial Yamanote circuit. Talk about recycling ideas! … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Films Set In Japan From The 1940s &1950s

  It should probably be no surprise that the majority of this list are related to WWII given the time period of filming. To be honest, I’m not a fan of most of the films in this post so it … Continue reading

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Dining Out: The Tokyo Cafe That’s Located Right Between Two Train Tracks

Usually the only way one can watch trains whizz past you whilst eating some food is to just sit on a platform bench eating an onigiri (rice ball) or a sandwich. However, there is a cafe in Tokyo which has … Continue reading

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