Uchimizu [打ち水] - the tradition where water is sprinkled over the roads is not only done to cool down the temperature but to also subdue dust from flying about.
If you are travelling to Kyoto then I presume you are after more of the traditional sights of Japan in which case I recommend that you stay at traditional style lodgi... (more)
If you are travelling in Tokyo then you will want to try some of the local traditional grub. There is small man made island inside Tokyo Bay called Tsukishima [月島[つき... (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)
One day I woke up with a pain on the side of my face and thought that maybe I had slept in an odd position to cause the pain (like with my foot in my face).
I thoug... (more)
Its that time of the month again where we take a lookie around the holy land - Akihabara - the one stop for all your electronic and anime/manga needs.
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One of the things that I love to do when visiting other countries is to take a gander at the local supermarkets - there you can see a slice of life and experience th... (more)
Many moons ago, the islands at the end of the Southern tip of Japan known as the RyuKyu Kindgom were not part of Japan. In 1609 the Japanese Satsuma clan invaded the ... (more)
On our recent trip to Izu, we visited an area called Dogashima [堂ヶ島] which is a popular scenic spot featuring a load of caves, cliffs, greenery and absolutely gorgeou... (more)
Its that time where we go walkies around the holy land - Akihabara in Tokyo!
Get off at Akihabara station on the JR Yamanote line to place yourself instantly in the... (more)
Tis nearing the end of the cherry blossom (Sakura) season in Japan right now and here are a collection of this years bloom. Today we take a lookie around Nakameguro,... (more)
Trying to keep up the pace with the revived A Week in Tokyo series ><
February was another packed month made up of events and a business trip to Barcelona and Lond... (more)
Tokyo Skytree is a 634m high broadcasting/restaurant/observation tower that opened back in May 2012 - it was constructed to replace the Tokyo Tower that lacked the h... (more)
If you only had a limited amount of time in Tokyo to see the sights, I would recommend Akihabara, Harajuku, Asakusa and Shibuya - you could actually squeeze all thes... (more)
Exactly 2 years ago to this day on 2011 March 11th, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the east coast of Japan at 14:46. It was the most powerful earthquake to have ever... (more)
A few months after the earthquake, I went to the city most affected by the disaster - Ishinomaki. There, I covered the relief efforts of the volunteer group called Pe... (more)
I've always made a point of trying to update the A Week in Tokyo category but what with having to manage the business and being very hands on with work, its difficul... (more)
Some news sources report that this years snowfall in Tokyo has been the heaviest in 7 years - some report that its been the heaviest ever.
We've been living here in... (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)