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Takeshita Dori – A Hip Hang Out

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If you want to check out what’s new and hip in Tokyo, take a walk down Takeshita Dori. This ‘back alley’ in the Harajuku neighborhood has a distinctive entrance and is lined with shops, cafes and fast food outlets catering…

CNN’s My City_My Life – Tokyo

Tokyo is in focus at CNN.  The city is currently featured in their My City_My Life series which offers some insights from  people who call the city home. Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007, has allowed cameras to follow her from…

Yabusame – Japanese Archery

April 24, 2008 On a overcast day in Tokyo it felt as if I had been transported back to the days of Edo. Under a peaceful canopy of greenery and cherry blossoms, magnificent horses and their riders (ite), dressed in…

An Authentic Edo Village

Are you fascinated with how people live? Do you want to get a better understanding of how the village of Edo started out and grew to become the sprawling, multi-faceted metropolis that is Tokyo today? Then you should visit the…

Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurants turn 50!

One of the coolest things that you can do when you come to Tokyo is eat at a Kaitenzushi restaurant.  This month marks the 50th anniversary of this very cool dining experience where your sushi is brought to you on…

Acrobat Firemen in Asakusa on Sunday

If you can’t make the fire boat demonstration at the Tokyo Port Festival this Saturday then why not head over to the Asakusa Yayoi Matsuri (festival) on Sunday, May 25th. Or you could do both! The Edo Shobo Kinen-kai (Edo…

Tokyo Dining Discounts

April 12, 2008 Tokyo Dining Discounts English OK! is a directory of service business in Japan that offer services in basic English and restaurants that offer English menus. One of the neat features that they offer is a page where…

Tour Tokyo on Two Wheels

August 15, 2008 Tour Tokyo on Two Wheels Why not rent a bike and get some exercise while taking in all the great sights that Tokyo has to offer? Next to the train, cycling is the most common way to…

Japan Top 10 Tourist Spots

Forbes has put together a list of Japan’s 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions and a companion slide show with some great images.  According to Forbes, “When foreigners go to Japan, Tokyo tops their list of places to see. Seven of…

The Dawn of US Japan Relations circa 1853

The Perry & Harris Exhibition – The Dawn of U.S. Japan Relations is a special exhibit at the Edo-Tokyo Museum that will display photos, documents and artifacts relating to Commodore Matthew Perry’s historic trips to Japan and the events surrounding…

Hibiya Park

August 25, 2008 Hibiya Park Sitting on land that was once home to the mansions of feudal lords (daimyo) in the Edo Era and used as a military training ground in the following era you will find Hibiya Park. The…

A Menagerie of Good Fortune

Cats, dogs, horses and birds, oh my!  These are just a few of the animals that represent good fortune in Japan.  They are a common sight in business and homes around Tokyo and are often printed on talismans that can…

Dinosaur Continent

If you plan on being in the Tokyo area between now and May 18th and love dinosaurs then you will probably want to make time to see Dinosaur Continent. The exhibit features more than 40 complete dinosaur skeletons, 10 of…

Islam & Halal Foods in Tokyo

June 14, 2008 Islam & Halal Foods in Tokyo I have to admit that when I asked “What do YOU want to know about Tokyo?” I wasn’t expecting to receive a question about Islam & halal foods but that’s just…

Taking the Subway in Tokyo – The Basics

April 4, 2008 Taking the train in and around Tokyo can be a bit intimidating at first but it’s really not that difficult. First thing first, if you are doing some advance planning take a moment to download and print…

Children’s Day in Japan

April 23, 2008 Children’s Day in Japan Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) is observed in Japan on May 5th. The event is celebrated by hanging carp streamers (koi-nobori) and displaying samurai dolls and helmets (kabuto) in and around the home.…