Category Archives: Quirky Japan

The Little Known German Park In Tokyo (+ Memories Of My Time Living & Working In Hamburg)

Parks became a very common place for me to visit during the lockdown period (known as State of Emergency in Japan and technically not even a lockdown!) as I sought a bit of greenery when getting some fresh air on … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #26

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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TF Top 10……Alternative Big Buddha Statues In Japan

When it comes to buddha statues, the bigger the better in my opinion. This list isn’t completely size-obsessed though as many of them are also notable for their quirkiness. Everyone knows about the famous ones in Kamakura and Nara but this post includes a … Continue reading

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3 Hour Return Journey On My New Bicycle To Find The Mystery Drink Dispensing Vending Machine!

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time can be a memorable occasion and the journey there can be a nervy one for many. When it happened to me eight years ago though, my mind was perhaps over-consumed by the … Continue reading

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Is That Another Castle In Chiba? All Is Not Quite What It Seems!

Whilst travelling through Chiba a few months ago on the Tsukuba Line I was looking at my maps app and checking out what places were nearby and by some miraculous chance I came across what looked like a picturesque castle. … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #25

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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The Lion, The Bridge & The Watergate – A Cycle Ride Up Into Saitama Prefecture

“What the hell was that?!” were my thoughts as the my train speeded its way up into Saitama last year as I went to watch Urawa Reds Ladies play a home game one Sunday. There was a giant statue of … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Fox Shrines In Japan (On The Fox Trail Special)

  The surprisingly successful ‘On The Fox Trail…’ series is pretty much on it’s last legs. Sad times indeed but there’s still a few more places I want to check out. However, they’re mostly in Kyushu so with travel restrictions … 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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Tokyo Daytripper: A Tremendous Trio Of Temples In Tochigi

The majority of Tokyoites usually head on up to Tochigi Prefectures to see the majestic temples of Nikko, the onsen at Kinagawa or to eat gyoza in Utsunomiya. Over the last few years I’ve been off the beaten track a … Continue reading

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