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2:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Sushi created with a single grain of rice

The potential of a lone grain of rice has been tested time and time again. It's been used as a canvas for meticulous illustrations, laser engravings, and sculpted on to make micro-masterpieces. This time, it's something with...

Dae Lee


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10:00 PM on 12.14.2013

Ice skating lessons at the littlest rink in Tokyo

The Hermes store in Tokyo's Ginza district has constructed a small ice skating rink - only 3 x 3 meters - right in front of their doors. The little platform just opened up for business, and somehow they're even going to be of...

Kristina Pino

3:00 PM on 11.04.2013

Shinagawa gets a sweet craft beer festival this weekend

Me and beer, we go back. We're old buddies, and even before me, it has been one of humanities most constant companions. As such, just about every country in the world enjoys the company of our hoppy friend. On November 9th an...

Pedro Cortes



JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation photo
JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation
by Kristina Pino

In case you're planning a trip to Japan in the future (like for the 2020 Olympics), or even if you're there right now for Tokyo Game Show and are looking for suggestions, here's a list you didn't ask for but totally need.

I've even gone through the trouble of sorting it based on interests/activities rather than just making it a numbered list.

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7:00 PM on 09.12.2013

Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation

Having finally won their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Neo Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo 2020 bid committee has posted their final presentation film to remind us that sports is a thing. Also, apparently, nothing is more ins...

Tim Sheehy

6:00 PM on 08.25.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #25 - Homey

Today was mostly a travel day. I started towards Tokyo in the morning, met up with a friend for lunch, then came home to finally start winding down from my summer vacation. I've still got until the end of the month off, but I...

Kristina Pino

5:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #19 - Oversize

A sea of huge lily pads in the foreground, and a sea of modern buildings in the background. Sometimes, these contrasts are fun and interesting. One of the things I love about Japan is the juxtaposition of traditional and mode...

Kristina Pino

8:00 PM on 08.18.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #18 - Akiba

Today, I spent a few hours wandering about Akihabara. Since it's Sunday, the main electric district area is closed to vehicle traffic from 1-6 p.m., so everyone is free to roam safely up and down the street. A friend tells me...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 08.09.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #9 - Ultraman

Tucked away in this little-known place called the Tokyo Skytree... [Check the gallery for the full-size image!]

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 08.07.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #7 - Wonderland

Tokyo is home to tons of themed restaurants if you're up to trying some culinary fun. I went to an Alice in Wonderland-themed one recently, and it was not only delightful to sit in (decor, costumed wait staff), but delicious and reasonably priced.  [full image if you click on the gallery thumb]

Kristina Pino

3:00 PM on 08.06.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #6 - Panda Post

Care to send a letter home via Panda Post? This mailbox is located in front of the main entrance of Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.  [header image is cropped - please click on the gallery thumb to see the whole picture!]

Kristina Pino





5:00 PM on 08.05.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #5 - Spider

Just hanging out at Tokyo, going to the theater at Roppongi Hills to catch Monsters University, and this happened. This sculpture is called "Maman" and is by a French artist called Louise Bourgeois. If you stand under it, you'll have a view of the spider's eggs. Creepy? Cool? Plain ol' weird?  [header image is cropped - please click on the thumb to see the whole picture!]

Kristina Pino