On The Trail Of Shin Godzilla #3 – New Statue In Tokyo (+ Gojira Curry)!!

As one of the most recognisable Japanese icons, it’s perhaps no surprise that statues and models of Godzilla are considered a good idea by many to attract interest to an area. The radioactive monster appeared on top of Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku a few years ago, there’s a big one outside Toho Studios in Setagaya, and smaller stone statues materialised outside a restaurant in Shinagawa as well as Utsunomiya Station (Tochigi prefecture) in the wake of ‘Shin Godzilla‘ (2016) being released.

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The Complete Tour Of Katakana-Named Stations In Tokyo!

There have been some pretty geeky train station-related posts in the past on Tokyo Fox but this one really pushes the nerd levels to the extreme! Only those stations located geographically inside Tokyo are included so the Tokyo Disneyland stations, for example, are not included as they are technically in Chiba prefecture.

I should add that this wasn’t done on one trip. In fact, it was done over the space of about two years as I really didn’t want to make specific journeys just to see the inside of a station! In that time TheTokyoFiles not only beat me to it but bettered it by doing it for the whole of Japan! Click here to see that post.

For those who don’t know, Japanese has three styles of characters for writing. Kanji comes from Chinese and is the most complex with each one representing a concept. Hiragana is for Japanese words and katakana is for foreign words. I mentioned in a Room 101 post about Japan six years ago that I was not a fan of the latter as the word has to fit in with the sounds available in Japanese meaning that some words get completely butchered and can be a mystery when read!

The 18 stations are listed below in alphabetical order (maybe not the best of ideas as it means a load of Haneda Airport ones come early!) with words in bold identifying which parts of the station name are in katakana. It should be noted that the katakana word biru (ビル) in numbers 2, 3 and 4 below is short for building and is not used in the English translation.

1. Ariake-Tennis-No-Mori Station (有明テニスの森駅) on the Yurikamome Line

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Blind Football World Grand Prix 2018

It was an all too familiar story in Tokyo last weekend (March 25th) as England faced their old rivals from Argentina. This time it was on the field in Shinagawa ward in the World Cup final of blind football and no your eyes definitely aren’t deceiving you! Blind football is very much for real and it really was a pleasure to witness such a spectacle.

  

The IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix took place in Tokyo between Wednesday and Sunday last week and involved six international teams (Argentina, England, France, Japan, Russia and Turkey) split into two groups. England lost the opening game to hosts Japan 2-1 on a cold and snowy opening day but then demolished Turkey 4-1 the following day. All three teams finished on three points but Continue reading

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Deep Historical Walking Tour Of Tokyo With Students

Over the years I’ve done my fair share of Tokyo-based tours albeit usually on bicycle and all by myself. Not this time though as it was as part of a weekend event put on by the school that I work for. Communication Skill Up was the Japanese-English used on the flyers promoting the event which saw about 15 students from the Kanto area gather for two days of special English lessons and activities.

The first day consisted of 4 x 50 minute lessons and I was lucky in some ways to be teaching the upper-intermediate/advanced level students but, with the same materials provided for all levels, I needed to Continue reading

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On The C*cks Trail……In Chiba!!

 

The ‘On The Fox Trail…’ series on Tokyo Fox has generally included a fair number of shrines around Japan but for this one it’s more a case of going on the c*cks trail, if you will! As ever, I was unable to resist the lure of such a quirky place and so I ventured on over to Chiba prefecture recently to check out this small shrine.

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A Day In Kawasaki City

The only times I usually set foot in Kawasaki are to either watch Kawasaki Frontale in the J.League or to see a load of c*cks! Yes, you did read that right as Kawasaki is home to the annual Kanamara Matsuri (a.k.a. the p*nis festival!) at the start of April each year. However, this time I decided to check out some b-grade spots in the Kawasaki city area which lies just over the border from Ota ward in Tokyo.

Let’s start with what I think is the most interesting of the “sights” I saw a few weeks ago. North of Keikyu Kawasaki station (about 15 minutes on foot) is an area known as Kawaramachi which is home to an interesting architectural building designed by Sachio Otani.

 

This building (number 3) was part of the Kawaramachi High Rise Housing Project and was completed in 1972 with it’s design intended as Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Of course I’d seen bits and pieces of Bond films on TV but it wasn’t until Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as 007 that I actually saw one in it’s entirety and there was no looking back after that. For that reason ‘Tomorrow Never Dies‘ (1997) will always hold a special place in my heart and it still remains one of my favourites.

The courtyard of Somerset House (below) at The Strand was used as MI6 HQ where Bond is summoned to on 23 minutes. Two years earlier the same place doubled up as St Petersburg in ‘GoldenEye’ (1995). This place is a short distance from Temple tube station and also appears as scenery footage at the start of ‘Love Actually‘ (2003).

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The Atlantic Hotel garage in Hamburg (Germany) is actually the  Continue reading

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