Category Archives: Quirky Japan

Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #17

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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Tokyo Modern Architecture #5

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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Go To Paradise (& Hell) At This Weird Temple Deep In Chiba Prefecture

There really are two different sides to Chiba, the prefecture bordering Tokyo to the east. The north is pretty much just an extension of the Japanese capital but once you venture beneath Chiba city itself it’s very much countryside. No … Continue reading

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Dining Out: Lemon Ramen (& Pineapple Ramen Too!)

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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Tokyo Daytripper: The Minimalist-Face Tower In Ibaraki

What exactly could this tower be? Japan’s largest lion-dog statue wasn’t the only thing I visited on my day-trip to Ibaraki prefecture back in December last year. It would be pretty sad to travel that far just to photograph one … Continue reading

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Japan’s Largest Lion-Dog Watches Over This Park

Two years ago I came across the truly unique Namba Yasaka Shrine in Osaka which is basically a shrine with a huge lion-dog head containing a stage inside it’s mouth. The creatures eyes light up and there’s a speaker in its nose … Continue reading

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Japan’s Only Temple Devoted To The Russo-Japanese War

  Prior to last years FIFA World Cup in Russia, I started searching for things in Japan related to the worlds biggest country. Not surprisingly the majority of the suggestions were Russian restaurants, there was also the Russian cathedral in … Continue reading

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