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Discovering Japan’s Itasha Car Fetish

August 20, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  7 Comments
Discovering Japan's Itasha Car Fetish

Itasha at Akihabara’s UDX parking garageWalking down the futuristic-like UDX skyscraper in Akihabara, I reached the extensive car-park. A popular haunt for Tokyo’s otaku (geek) community, this 800 parking spaces complex contains the headquarters of Japan’s famous Itasha cars. Read More

The Otaku Allure of Akihabara

August 18, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  23 Comments
The Otaku Allure of Akihabara

Akikahara View, Tokyo, JapanAkihabara is an intriguing place for any visitors traveling to Japan, it is a name that’s even becoming famous in the west. Say “Akihabara” and one thing comes to mind: Otaku (translated as geek). Read More

Kanda Myojin a Shrine Unlike Others

August 4, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  4 Comments
Kanda Myojin a Shrine Unlike Others

 Kanda Myojin Otaku ShrineAs you may already know, Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion. Shrines offer protection to the faithful throughout their lives, be it at births, marriage or on the road. However in this small yet architecturally beautiful shrine called Kanda Myojin, they offer slightly more than just the traditional blessings. Read More

The Gratifying Speed and Comfort of the Hayabusa Shinkansen

August 1, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  4 Comments
The Gratifying Speed and Comfort of the Hayabusa Shinkansen

E5 Series Hayabusa Shinkansen
When the first “bullet train” or “shinkansen” as it was quickly nicknamed by a marveling media worldwide, drew out of Tokyo Station in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. It was a symbolic sign of Japan’s economic recovery and future drive, a source of national pride. 50 years on since that first “0 Series” Shinkansen, continued technological advances made by Japanese researchers has helped introduce high-speed railway travel across the country along with new upgraded shinkansen trains. Read More

An Endless Flower Paradise

June 28, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  9 Comments
An Endless Flower Paradise

Hitachi Kaihin Koen
Japan is a country blessed with four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter due to the wide regional differences in climate. There is a widespread belief that the Japanese have an inherent affinity upon each seasonal transition and that this affinity is one of the major characteristics of Japanese culture. Read More

Chasing the Cherry Blossom Front of Eastern Japan

May 24, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  5 Comments
Chasing the Cherry Blossom Front of Eastern Japan

Horse Carriage along the Cherry Blossom Lane in Kitakami
The Cherry Blossom is the flower that symbolises Japan and the Japanese have always looked forward to each spring coming. Traditionally, It was the members of the royal court who went outdoors and enjoyed a picnic, waiting for the blossoms to bloom. Read More

A Museum from the Future called Miraikan

May 26, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  8 Comments
A Museum from the Future called Miraikan

Miraikan MuseumA friend from the hostel recommended this museum to me after his visit and I thank him for doing so as it turned out to be a great experience! The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation or just Miraikan, should be a must for anyone with at least a passing interest in new technology and science and its actually a good break from the bustling shopping and sights of the Tokyo city. Read More

Odaiba’s Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue

April 13, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  4 Comments
Odaiba's Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue

Lifesize Gundam in Odaiba, TokyoOne of the reasons why I went to Odaiba island in Tokyo was to see the huge Gundam Statue right in front of Tokyo Diver City Plaza. If you are a fan of the animated show, the statue is definitely a must see. After admiring the Gundam for a good 15 minutes, You appreciate the craftsmanship and detail that went into building this life size model, its simply overwhelming! if only I could have one in my back yard, imagine that! Read More

On Board the Futuristic Himiko Cruise Ship

April 2, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  3 Comments
On Board the Futuristic Himiko Cruise Ship

Himiko Cruise Ship - TokyoIn Edo times, the Sumida river was crucial to survival. Now, with modern transportation it has lost its importance for the purposes of commerce. It does nevertheless, offer a different perspective on Tokyo’s skyline and makes for a good tourist attraction. One of the attractions is riding on the famous Himiko cruise ship or water bus, this has been on my list of things to do in Tokyo for quite some time but I never seemed to catch the ship at the right time. Read More

Hayao Miyazaki’s Animation World at Ghibli Museum

March 5, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  5 Comments
Hayao Miyazaki's Animation World at Ghibli Museum

Ghibli MuseumThe Ghibli Museum in Mitaka holds a special memory in me, probably for eternal. It features the amazing anime work from one of Japan’s most well-known animation studios, Studio Ghibli and director the great Hayao Miyazaki. Among the iconic and world-famous productions of the studio that I thoroughly enjoyed in my early years and still do are My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away – together with all the other movies makes it an amazing space and the museum experience begins even before you enter through the gates. Read More