Category Archives: Japan Life

My “Pele Played In Japan” Article Was In Japan’s #1 English Language Football Magazine!

This article was originally written in early 2019 for J-Soccer Magazine but due to a lack of issues last year it didn’t appear in Japan’s number one English language football publication until a few months ago. Since it’s release, a … Continue reading

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Discovering Some Local Delights During Tokyo’s “Soft” Lockdown

Japan’s “soft” lockdown began in early April and was more commonly referred to as a State of Emergency. It continued till the end of May and I was off from work for most of that time. Although it may have been … Continue reading

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Puppy Love: A Big Welcome To Our Little Addition To The Family!

2020 has brought about big changes for so many people but even before Covid-19 reared it’s ugly head, our lives had altered due to the arrival of a new little puppy. Our cream-coloured Chihuahua was born in mid-October last year and … Continue reading

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Tokyo Modern Architecture #6

For all its good points, Tokyo ain’t half one ugly looking city with buildings pretty much erected (and pulled down) willy nilly without any thought to the environment around it. However, amid all the chaos of such a concrete jungle … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Reverse Culture Shocks I Experienced When Back In The UK

Five years is by far the longest I’ve ever been away from the UK and so when I returned last Christmas there was inevitably some reverse culture shock on my behalf. Many of these have been mentioned on the pages … Continue reading

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Christmas 2019 In Tokyo

Christmas lights (known as illuminations in Japan) are a big deal in Tokyo and from November each Winter they begin to appear around the city in a range of displays. Having included them in my festive posts the last two … Continue reading

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Star Wars Bright Christmas In Marunouchi

  In recent years Star Wars has become a big part of the festive season with the releases of ‘The Force Awakens‘ (2015), ‘Rogue One‘ (2016) and ‘The Last Jedi‘ (2017) in mid-December. After a break last year, the third … Continue reading

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Warming Up For Tokyo 2020 Cycling With A Trip To See Some Local Keirin Action

  When it comes to Olympic sports, Japan has given the world judo and keirin. Everyone knows of the former but the latter one is still something of an unknown quantity to many regarding its origins. It was developed in … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Long, Long Row Of 30+ Retro Vending Machines In The Middle Of Nowhere

  You’d maybe expect to find such a long row of vending machines in a busy urban place but this collection of retro machines is actually located in the middle of nowhere. It is also located next to a used … Continue reading

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Australia 2019 Pt XI: You Can Take The Man Out Of Japan But…

Writing about non Japan-related things on this site usually sees a notable dip in hits but I remain stubborn to my philosophy that posts should mostly be about what I’ve done or where I’ve been rather than what I think … Continue reading

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