Monthly Archives: July 2022

Farewell Neighbours! Looking Back On My 5 Trips To Ramsay Street In 5 Different Years!

  After 37 years and nearly 9000 episodes the iconic Australian soap ‘Neighbours‘ came off air this week ending on a real high as some legendary characters reappeared for a final farewell to a show that many people have great … Continue reading

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Izu Coastal Adventures; Mountains, Beaches, Lakes, Parks, Bridges, Temples, Food, Dogs, Football, Abandoned Ruins & Chainsaws!!

It’s pretty much par for the course these days that every time we get a holiday we go to Izu. My wifes parents and dog aren’t always there but they were on this particular visit. The dogs are probably

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TF Top 10……Must-See Dinosaur-Related Places In Japan

Since 1993 there have been half a dozen Jurassic Park/World films (as well as a very short movie in 2019) but until recently I had only ever seen the original. With the recent release of ‘Jurassic Word Dominion‘ it was … Continue reading

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Kyoto Filming Locations: Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

Filming for this epic took place in eight different countries; the USA, England, France, Spain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and Japan. Whilst multiple locations is fairly common place these days, it wasn’t at all back in the mid-1950s so it really … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Abandoned Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards

The vast majority of the hundreds of shrines in Tokyo’s 23 wards are well-maintained and looking as good as is possible. However, there are some lacking in love and care where the weather has taken its toll on the torii … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Templed Guarded By A Pre-Historic Creature!

Enter any one of the thousands and thousands of temples and shrines in Japan and it is likely that you’ll see at least one or two stone statues of animals in front of it. Lions, foxes and lion-dogs are the … Continue reading

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Alphabet Dating In Japan With My Wife Who Was Completely Unaware Of The Task At Hand! (S01E06: Review)

Season one of this dating challenge wrapped earlier this year in March after about 13 months of working my way through the alphabet. It was mostly fun and hopefully resulted in me being a better husband by suggesting we go … Continue reading

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A Themed Tour Of Tokyo’s Football Manga Mecca

Think of Japanese footballers that have had an impact overseas and the likes of  Hidetoshi Nakata, Junichi Inamoto, Shunsuke Nakamura, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa or Leicester legend Shinji Okazaki might come to mind. However, it is arguably an animated character … Continue reading

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Time To See The King Of Apes At This Park Just North Of Tokyo

Just scrolling through Google Maps and clicking on the sight icons is a slow but painful way of looking for interesting places to visit. That is exactly how I found out about this park though, and seeing that it was … Continue reading

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On The Hunt For Another Temple Dedicated To Japanese Turtle-Like Humanoids

Japan is home to quite a few mythical folkloric creatures with one of the most famous ones being the bipedal, turtle-like aquatic goblins known as Kappa. If you’ve ever been to Kappa Zushi you may have noticed the creature on … Continue reading

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