At the beginning of each year, wifey and I visit our local temple to pay respects and exchange our amulets which we picked up the previous year.
Today's photos are ... (more)
While many unmanned stores in Japan are in rural areas that sell veggies, there are some located in urban areas like this one.
An unmanned store is called Mujin Han... (more)
Do you keep pets? If so would that be a cat or dog? Maybe some beetles? or how about a pig? Spotted this fellow in our local shopping arcade the other day walking hi... (more)
At the beginning of the year, it is the tradition in Japan that family and business partners send each other greeting cards known as Nengajo [年賀状].
Today, Mirai and... (more)
It was that time of year again where folks who have just become 20 hit the streets to celebrate - and they do so in traditional style wearing kimono or hakama - but ... (more)
Folks may be wondering why the Japanese eat Chicken during Christmas from seeing it in anime, Jdrama or actually visiting here. This photo taken yesterday on Xmas eve... (more)
The world's largest robot trade show - the International Robot Exhibition 2013 - was held at Tokyo Big Sight recently and today we take a lookie at the many types of... (more)
It's that time of year where we just enter the Autumn season - still quite warm but a lot cooler at night - at least its a bit easier to sleep ><
Its also the Aut... (more)
Uchimizu [打ち水[うちみず]] refers to the action of sprinkling water on the streets in the summer and has been a tradition in Japan for many many moons. The water keeps the... (more)
I get asked a lot by visitors who come to Japan - "How come there are so many coffee shops?!"
Today I'd like to share some history on coffee in Japan and talk about ... (more)
Every March the 14th is "White Day" which is today. To make more monies from Valentines day, the Japanese invented "White Day" as an excuse for men to buy candy to gi... (more)
One for the ladies - photos of the lads taken this week when filming for Culture Japan at Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School. They are all wearing a coat called T... (more)
Was at a comrades place yesterday who is currently studying a most interesting subject - Japanese school girls ^^; He had these up on his wall - posters which are bei... (more)
One reason why I enjoy trooping is that I get to meet so many different people who I would not normally meet - have made so many friends in Tokyo just from meeting th... (more)
The Hina Matsuri [雛祭り] is a festival that takes place on the 3rd of March to wish the healthy and prosperous growth of young girls. During this time, ornamental dolls... (more)
I was supposed to post this yesterday but didn't get the chance. Many folks across Japan were celebrating something called Setsubun [節分] which is pronounced "setsu-bo... (more)
Was at Tokyo Kokusai Metropolitan High School [東京都立国際高等学校] the other day for more Culture Japan filming. Today we have a lookie at the Cultural Festival "Bunkasai" [文... (more)
Filming for Culture Japan at Yashio High School to cover their Kyudo (Japanese archery) after school activities. One of the things I admire about Japanese students is... (more)
Bon Odori - an event carried out during the Buddhist festival of the dead, which honors the spirits of one's deceased ancestors. People gather around a wooden tower, ... (more)
Yesterday was a public holiday known as "Seijin no Hi" [成人の日] or "Coming of age day" where those who have turned 20 are declared adults meaning they can now do SDV (S... (more)