Monthly Archives: August 2022

Japan’s Sakura 15 Rugby Team Host Ireland In Tokyo: My First Ever Women’s Match!

  The rise of rugby in Japan was huge towards the end of 2019 and it was expected to continue to grow in popularity as we entered 2020……but then Covid_19 came along and all momentum was completely lost. Not for … Continue reading

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La La Land Live In Concert Returns To Tokyo For Four More Shows

When we went to see ‘Back To The Future’ in Concert last month we were handed a plastic bag full of promotional material on the way in as is quite common in Japan. Most of it was junk but there was … Continue reading

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The Forest Temple Which Has A Slight Ghibli Feel To It

After countless visits to Izu I really did think we had just about exhausted every possible place worth visiting. However, my wife noticed an advert on the Izu Kyūkō Line trains showing an old temple which looked quite interesting due … Continue reading

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A Spectactular Sea Cave & Thrill Seeking Sand Sledding!

For many years I have seen a spectacular sea cave used on promotional materials for the Izu Peninsula, and really wanted to see it for myself. With no knowledge of the place I just assumed it was out of bounds … Continue reading

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

  The vast majority of the hundreds of Inari Shrines I cycled to in Tokyo’s 23 wards were fairly easy to locate. However, there were some very well hidden and elusive ones which were rather isolated, tucked away in tight … Continue reading

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Retrospective Alphabet Dating In Greater Tokyo S00E01: A-E

  Whilst season two of alphabet dating is taking place I thought I could fill that void with a restrospecive series which is certainly an easier operation as they were not done in alphabetical order which can be a little … Continue reading

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Watching Back To The Future On The Big Screen Accompanied By A Live Orchestra

  It is said that the soundtrack for a film is its oxygen, and that is certainly true for the 1985 classic ‘Back To The Future‘ which was composed by Alan Silvestri. The main theme is one of the most … Continue reading

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TF Flashback: Back To Australia To See Family, Revisit Some Old Melbourne Haunts & Go To Tasmania For The First Time (2007)

15 years ago was the first time for me to be back on Australian soil since my 12 month working holiday visa ended in February 2002. My eldest sister had only just given birth to her first child and it … Continue reading

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The Complete List Of Live Leicester City Matches On ITV In The Early 1990s

When Sky gained the rights to show Premier League games live from the 1992-93 season onwards it meant the end of live top flight English football on terrestrial TV. In the absence of ‘The Match‘ on ITV on Sunday afternoons … Continue reading

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The Return Of This Traditional Lantern Festival Lights Up The Summer In Tokyo

Nowadays there are a wealth of YouTube videos, blogs and articles for finding out about Japan but back in my day the resources were far more limited. The sad fact is that a lot of my Japanese imagery was shaped … Continue reading

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