Category Archives: Japan Life

The “Other” Olympic Museum In Tokyo

The all-new Tokyo Olympic Museum opened in mid-September last year and is located across the road from the Japan National Stadium (Kokuritsu kyōgijō) which hosted it’s inaugural sporting event – the 2019 Emperor’s Cup final – on January 1st this … Continue reading

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The Great Buddha Of……Ikebukuro?!! You Better Believe It (Because I Sure Didn’t At First!)

Everyone knows about the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture but who knew that there was such a thing much closer to home for those of us living in Tokyo! I didn’t, that’s for sure! And I like to … Continue reading

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TF Flashback – Watching Oasis At Summer Sonic ’05 (2005)

Japan’s most prestigious music festival has to be Fuji Rock but that is just too expensive for me to get to in terms of getting tickets, reaching it’s location in Naeba (Niigata), paying for a hotel (no camping at this … Continue reading

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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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