2015 September

On the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: A Look into Olympic History

The anticipation of the 2020 Olympic games has already begun and Japan is at the centre of it all. They won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and paralympic games back in 2013 and the excitement in Japan was palpable. I was lucky enough to be in Japan when they won and many people…

Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga

Anime and manga have been around since the beginning of the early 20th century. Around Japan, titles such as Astro Boy and Black Jack are quite famous and are what some would consider to be the some of the pioneering anime and manga. These two also have a lot in common; the art style, the…

The 2017 Sakura Forecast in Japan: Where to Go and How to Plan

Sakura blossoms are a truly iconic aspect of Japanese nature and culture. The short time for which the petals bloom is a coveted sight in Japan and thousands of people flock to see this brief spectacle. Although the flowers may only last for a mere few days, their beauty is second to none. It is…

All about the Cute Japanese icon Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty is a famous trademark, adored by children and adults alike, but do you know the history of Japan’s most famous cat? Let’s take a look at the origins of this famous feline. The History of Hello Kitty allpicts.in/ Hello Kitty (Harōkiti – ハローキティ) was created by the Sanrio company in 1975. Her design…

Top 5 Mystical Misconceptions about Japan

Oh my God, are you going to Japan? The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha are my favorite movies! Just don’t get too involved with some manga looking Japanese hottie, ok? Oh and take care with what you eat, I heard radiation poisoning is huge over there, ok?? Ever been told anything like this?…

Is there an Afternoon Tea time in Japan?

We usually decide ourselves if or when we want a snack, when we’re peckish or a little restless between meals, to raid the fridge or get that pretty cupcake in the window. It’s a flexible and totally optional act. But did you know the Japanese have a stipulated time for snacking? Leave it to them…

Weekend Getaway to Kamikochi, a Gorgeously Scenic Spot!

Mt. Oku-Hotaka 奥穂高岳 stands at 3190 meters and is the third highest mountain in Japan. It is however, not one of the 3 Holy Mountains. It is part of the Hotaka mountain range or renpou 連峰 that sits between the prefectures of Nagano and Gifu in the Hida Mountains 飛騨山. It is known as the…

A New Way To Truly Enjoy the World Heritage Sites in Japan

A new way to enjoy The World Heritage Sites in Japan Do you know that Japan has countless fascinating World Heritage Sites? There are many recommended World Heritage Sites to visit, such as castles or shrines, temples, and natural sites. You may have already seen some of these sites on TV or on the internet.…

Entering Stealth Mode at the Ninja Restaurant!

A couple of awesome friends were in Tokyo visiting and being the theme cafe connoisseurs with adventurous tastes, they invited us to have dinner together at the Ninja Restaurant at Akasakamitsuke 赤坂見附, which is in the vicinity of the Diet Building and the Imperial Palace. I am no aficionado myself, having only been once to…

3 Places to Go for your Next Roppongi Pub Crawl: Craft Beers and Wings

Every izakaya 居酒屋 or Japanese bar you go to in Japan serves only one type of draft or nama 生 beer, usually Asahi, Yebisu, Suntory or one of the usual suspects. Because of the underexposure of the Japanese crowd to microbreweries, or just craft beers, these have become a relatively rare sight in Tokyo. Also,…
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