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Animals

Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku


LALSH shows us its true colors
Oct 24
// Salvador GRodiles
During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a v...
Animals photo
Animals

Holy Snap: A person walks a polar bear through Shibuya's streets


There's something fishy about that bear
Oct 09
// Salvador GRodiles
At first sight, I was surprised that someone decided to take a polar bear to Shibuya, since the concept behind this action isn't something that you don't see everyday. Based on the animal's movements, it's obvious that the p...
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Food

Sushi created with a single grain of rice


Japan again makes tiny thing!
Mar 19
// Dae Lee
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...
Tokyo photo
Tokyo

Ice skating lessons at the littlest rink in Tokyo


Ice skating in Ginza
Dec 14
// Kristina Pino
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...
Beer photo
Beer

Shinagawa gets a sweet craft beer festival this weekend


Aww, I want some...
Nov 04
// Pedro Cortes
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...

JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation

Sep 21 // Kristina Pino
For the devoted otaku Of course, this entry had to go first. So you're going to Tokyo and you're looking for all the nerdy stuff? Great. Here are a few places you can make pilgrimages to: Square Enix Artnia at Shinjuku (directions) Akihabara's Electric district (shops, maid/butler cafe, arcades - see also: JapanaTour part 1, part 2) Ikebukuro (Japan Guide's Ikebukuro page) The Ghibli Museum (warning: you need to reserve entry passes way in advance; access) Harajuku (where all fashion dreams come true) Gundam Front (don't miss out on the huge robot at Odaiba!) For the hungry traveler Great food can be found all over Tokyo, so this section was a little tougher to compile. Here are some suggestions: Asakusa (specialty snacks, street food) Theme Restaurants (costumed staff, themed decor/menu, overall cute experience) Kaiten (conveyer belt) sushi Chanko (the glorious soup of Sumo champions) Ramen (the dry packaged stuff you buy for cheap at the grocery store just isn't the same.) Okonomiyaki For the sight-seer Some folks just want to "be a tourist" and see all the "cheesy" (or cool) sights! Here are some suggestions in that area: Ueno Zoo (from Ueno Station) Yoyogi Park (for a relaxing picnic, yeah?) Tokyo Skytree at Oshiyage Shibuya (Shibuya Crossing, Hachiko statue next to train station) Harajuku's Meiji Shrine (follow signs from the train station; afterwards, stroll over to Yoyogi park for that picnic I mentioned) Asakusa's Sensoji (goes great with Ueno Zoo and Skytree Town) Tired of the big city? Take a day trip: Tokyo Disneyland (access) Kamakura (See the Daibutsu, and other lovely temples. It's the closest to Kyoto you'll get without actually going to Kansai; Japan Guide listing) Mount Fuji (the climb is so worth the view. Also Fuji Q; check out the official website for climbing season dates, tips, and directions) Yokohama (Japan Guide listing) This is, of course, not an exhaustive, or even an extensive list. I'd like to point out the title of this post, where it says "Where to start..." before anyone freaks out. Tokyo has so much to offer, and frankly you can spend weeks there and still not discover everything there is to it. I didn't even mention all of Tokyo's districts in this list! That being said, do feel free to add suggestions of your own. The more the merrier! Want more posts like this in the future? Your opinion matters. [Header image courtesy OnlyHDWallpapers, all other images have been snapped by yours truly]
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A few handy tips, because we care
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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Video

Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation


A video meant to inspire
Sep 12
// Tim Sheehy
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...
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #25 - Homey


Stuff
Aug 25
// Kristina Pino
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...
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #19 - Oversize


So tall...
Aug 19
// Kristina Pino
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...
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #18 - Akiba


Roaming the streets
Aug 18
// Kristina Pino
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...
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #9 - Ultraman


There it is!
Aug 09
// Kristina Pino
Tucked away in this little-known place called the Tokyo Skytree... [Check the gallery for the full-size image!]
Japan Daily Photo photo
Japan Daily Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #7 - Wonderland


How far the rabbit hole would you go?
Aug 07
// Kristina Pino
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]
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Kristina's Summer Vacation: #6 - Panda Post


The happiest mailbox
Aug 06
// Kristina Pino
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!]
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #5 - Spider


Arachnophobes - steer clear!
Aug 05
// Kristina Pino
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!]
Japan Daily Photo photo
Japan Daily Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #3 - Skytree


Piercing the heavens...!
Aug 03
// Kristina Pino
You could view it as a tourist trap, or a pointless skyscraper, or whatever you like, but I think the Tokyo Skytree is absolutely gorgeous. From this angle, it looks like a spaceship or something. That said, there are plenty ...
Gigapixel Tokyo photo
Gigapixel Tokyo

Check out this insane gigapixel panorama of Tokyo


God's eye view from Tokyo Tower
Aug 01
// Josh Tolentino
Wow. So this must be what it's like to see things as God does. That and similar thoughts seem like an appropriate reaction to seeing this amazing "Gigapixel" 360-degree panorama photo of Tokyo. The photo was taken by photogr...
Chanko: Sumo soup photo
Eat like a Sumo wrestler
I recently went to a restaurant in Tokyo which specializes in Chankonabe, or the hot pot-style cooking of Chanko, which is the traditional soup that Sumo wrestlers eat in order to get big and strong. It starts with a simple ...

Capsule hotels photo
Have a look around!
In this video, you get a quick tour of the general dorm facilities at a capsule hotel in Japan. Obviously, I left out stuff like the shared baths and the lobby/common area, since that would involve either a) being arrested o...

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Anime-inspired novel, Kojiki, on sale April 19th


Keith Yatsuhashi brings us into a whole new fantasy world, set right in Tokyo
Apr 18
// Kristina Pino
Keith Yatsuhashi's debut novel, titled Kojiki, is a whole new fantasy set in Tokyo, where powerful spirits await the 18-year old Keiko Yamada following the death of her father. She sets on a mission to fulfill his dying with ...
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Animate Cafe dresses up with Amnesia's pretty boys


Get your fill at Ikebukuro
Feb 13
// Kristina Pino
For the month of February, the Animate Cafe at Ikebukuro (Tokyo) is pimping out Amnesia, this season's reverse-harem otome adaptation featuring some colorful and fasionable hotties. Crunchyroll reports that aside from being d...
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Hop in the 1/1-scale Gundam bust like a real pilot


The Strike Freedom Gundam awaits
Sep 27
// Kristina Pino
If you've ever dreamed of the day you could hop into a Gundam, a real life-sized Gundam, then you might want to take the next flight out to Tokyo and hit up the Gundam Front. The 1/1-scale Gundam Bust of Destiny's Strike Free...
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Uniqlo and Bic Camera unite to form new store BICQLO


Sep 27
// Dale North
[cue robot connection sound] Uniqlo, Japan's rapidly growing clothing company, and Bic Camera, one of the country's largest electronics retailers, have come together to open a new store in Shinjuku. The name of this new store...
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Hit up Shiro-Hige in Tokyo for some Totoro in your mouth


Jul 26
// Kristina Pino
Once again proving that Japan has all the best sweets, Shiro-Hige in Tokyo is now serving Totoro cream puffs with various flavors like classic custard, chocolate and a seasonal peach flavor. Each Totoro has a little hat or so...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Yellow Magic Orchestra


Jul 07
// Chris Walden
Hiroko is out for the week, so that means you're left with me and my crazy music tastes!  Hi everybody! This is Yellow Magic Orchestra, from Tokyo, Japan! The song above is Rydeen, whose music video COMES FROM THE ...
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Be proud: Tokyo Disney allows same-sex weddings


May 17
// Josh Tolentino
If you keep up with the news, you'd know that the last few days have been fairly good to folks looking out for public expressions of support for same-sex rights. The latest happy news comes straight from Glorious Nippon, home...
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Tokyo Jungle is nearly done, and it's as weird as ever


Mar 06
// Josh Tolentino
Way back at the Tokyo Game Show twenty-ten, we caught a peek at a weird little PlayStation 3 title called Tokyo Jungle, which seemed to star a number of animals-gone-wild (most iconic being a little Pomeranian) in the middle ...
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Watch this little girl brush teeth inside a creepy robot


Nov 27
// OxKing
TokyoTek in an amazing website. The fact that I can properly put up a header title like that proves that there is no shortage of interesting pieces of technology coming out of Japan. Case in point, the Simroid... or also ...
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BREAKING NEWS: Japan under threat of invasion


Sep 19
// Chris Walden
A video has leaked onto popular video site Youtube, detailing an oncoming invasion of Tokyo. Words cannot convey the severity of the issue, so I implore you to watch the video, which can be seen further on in this article. 
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This English-language guide to Tokyo arcades is awesome


Jul 15
// Dale North
The folks at the Madman's Cafe have been working on an English-language guide to Tokyo area arcades for fighting game fans since before the March disaster. I'm with them in hoping that this guide gets good use even the scary ...






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