Category Archives: Quirky Japan

The Station Just Over The Border From Tokyo Which You Can`t Exit (Unless You Work For Toshiba)

Little did I know when I visited the virtually abandoned Kokudō Station a few years ago that just a few stops further down the line were some other interesting stations, including one which you can only exit if you work … Continue reading

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Visiting The Museum In Izu Which Is Dedicated To Hina Dolls

  Japan is known for its slightly quirky festivals, and each year on March 3rd there is one dedicated to dolls which many girls take part in. These little dolls aren`t the kind that you play with though as they … Continue reading

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Dark Tourist (Japan Special) Vol. 04

The 2018 Netflix series ‘Dark Tourist‘ featured New Zealand journalist David Farrier visiting eight different countries (including Japan) on a mission to visit all manner of places relating to humans suffering in some sort of way whether it be victims of … Continue reading

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Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #4 – Yodo

Think of train stations in Japan and the mighty Shinjuku station is sure to come to mind for many people. That is the world’s busiest train station, and Japan monopolises the top 50 list with only five of them not … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Pizza Ramen – Don`t Turn Your Nose Up At The Idea Until You`ve Tried It!

When it comes to ramen, there are many tastes and regional variations whether it be shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu (pork bone broth) in Kyushu or miso ramen which is served up in Hokkaido. On top of that come the crazy novelty ones which include … Continue reading

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Chillaxing At This Capybara Cafe Just Outside Of Tokyo

Love or hate them, pet cafes have become popular places over the last decade or so. Much has been written and said about the various dog, cat, rabbit and owl cafes and one really should do their own research before … Continue reading

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A New Vivid Purple Godzilla Drink Is Here & Ready To Rip Up The Energy Drink Market

Anyone who has ever seen any Godzilla movie will know that the fire-breathing radioactive lizard is a pretty powerful kaiju (monster) with a wealth of energy and now, thanks to beverage maker Cheerio, you can possess a fraction of that … Continue reading

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Botanical Gardens, A Big Buddha, Castle “Remains” & An Ice Cream Place With A Real Goat Outside It!

Until our visit to Yumenoshima in late 2019 I wasn’t really aware of there being too many botanical gardens in Tokyo. As it turns out, there’s about a dozen such places and one of them happened to be in the … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #34 – Airplane Climbing Frame

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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Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #3 – Inazusa

Think of train stations in Japan and the mighty Shinjuku station is sure to come to mind for many people. That is the world’s busiest train station, and Japan monopolises the top 50 list with only five of them not … Continue reading

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