Category Archives: Quirky Japan

Only In Japan: A Huge Gas Tank Decorated To Look Like A Fruit!

In any other country, such things like gas tanks would just be left in their natural state. However, that’s not always the way in Japan where some of the gas companies like to spruce them up a bit. Other decorated … Continue reading

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The Ancient City Of Hiraizumi In Iwate Prefecture

As soon as I heard that Hiraizumi was known as an ancient city I was keen to visit it. If you’d mentioned that name to me a few days before I would have not been any wiser! Once I was done … Continue reading

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Dining Out: A Truly Novel Way Of Buying Food At Genbikei Gorge

   We tend to think of mistakes as bad things. Of course they are sometimes but naturally, we learn from them and in this case my silly error ultimately resulted in a very rewarding moment. This all happened at Genbikei … Continue reading

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A Trio Of Top Sights In The Aizu Wakamatsu Region

Five weeks on from my last trip up north I headed that way again but there was to be a stop at Aizu Wakumatsu en-route to my nights accommodation in Sendai. It also happened to be my birthday and so, … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Tokyo’s Newest Big Buddha Statue

  Move over Kamakura buddha as there’s now a bigger rival in this region and it’s actually in Tokyo! However, I don’t think Kamakura will have to worry too much about potential visitors flocking to see this relatively new buddha … Continue reading

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Dining Out: The “Pie Ramen” Restaurant

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 … Continue reading

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Mini Mount Fuji In Fukushima

Many gardens in Japan often seem to have a hill that’s been named Mini Fuji due to its vague resemblance in shape to the iconic and spiritual mountain. This one though is a bit different as it’s in the middle … Continue reading

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