Australia 2019 Pt I: Attending My First A-League Match Within Hours Of Arriving In Melbourne

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, and when I first booked my flight last year I had a fairly immediate double dose of sporting action in mind with the opening race of the 2019 F1 calendar on the Sunday preceded by an A-League soccer match on the day of my arrival. The latter then annoyingly got brought forward to the Friday night when I’d be in the air and thus unable to go. I’d long given up on it and had almost erased it from my mind until my sister messaged me a few days before my trip to say that it had been moved back to Saturday night meaning that I could go.

Marvel Stadium was pretty much my first port of call on arrival in Melbourne from the airport early morning. Even though I knew I’d be returning there in the evening I thought I’d get my ‘Ghost Rider‘ (2007) match-up shot of the stadium exterior out of the way. Also, just beyond the stadium was the beautifully revamped Docklands area. The thing I wanted to see though was the surreal Cow-Up-A-Tree sculpture!

 

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TF Top 10……Transport Museums In Greater Tokyo

There is a long and interesting history of transportation in Japan and there are more museums devoted to trains, buses, planes and so on than many people probably realise. It’s taken me a decade to visit all the ones that feature in this post so here, in no particular order, are the Tokyo Fox Top 10……transport museums in the Greater Tokyo area

1. Omiya Railway Museum @ 3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku (Saitama) – It’s not the easiest place to get to but it’s worth it if you’re a train enthusiast as this is a big place. It’s full of real-sized trains from many different eras (which you can board), dioramas with model trains zooming around the place, a huge play centre, a cafe and a fantastic outdoor area. More details here

  

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Hidden Treasures Along The Keio Line #7 – Takahata Fudoson Kongo-Ji Temple

The Keio Line principally connects Shinjuku to the western side of Tokyo with seven different lines running through to the likes of suburban city Hachiōji and the mountainous area at Takaosanguchi. All of it’s stations actually lie within the boundaries of Tokyo and, thanks to regular free tickets, Tokyo Fox has dug deep to come up with a few places worthy of visit beyond perennial favourites like Mount Takao and Tama Zoo……

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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 and they will be explored in this series.

Nickname: Demon Face Park

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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 there are a fair few examples of modern architecture which I am ever keen to photograph. Now, I am certainly no expert on such a topic but have enjoyed going around capturing the interesting and weird designs of some of these buildings.

It was a five year wait for the follow up to the original 2012 ‘Tokyo Modern Architecture‘ post and then ‘#2‘ and ‘#3‘ followed in 2017. ‘#4’ appeared last year and here, in no particular order, is the next volume of interesting looking Japanese buildings including the addresses:

1. Urban Prem Minami Aoyama, 3-8-5 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku.

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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 more was that apparent than the part of Kisarazu city I was in a few months ago.

Kisarazu is the gateway to Kawasaki in Kanagawa prefecture thanks to the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line which crosses the bay (there is even a floating service station area known as Umihotaru in the middle!) via a combination of bridge and tunnel. However, this time I ventured a little east of Kisarazu to 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 things like cheese, coffee, ice-cream, tequila, kiwi, ham, pizza, sake and so on. The kind of things that the true ramen masters would most definitely turn their nose up at!

As the title suggests (and the picture above shows), there are a couple of fruity ones which can be added to that list of quirky dishes. Just a couple of minutes walk from the west exit of Continue reading

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