Shibuya was the only place in Tokyo that I felt slightly disappointed with. Initially anyway. After paying our respects to wonder-dog Hachiko at the stations exit (if you don't know the heart-wrenching story, it really is essential reading), we headed into ...Read More


Look, I know what you come here for. Really. I mean, I'm sure you've been enjoying reading about the last few days exploring Tokyo's ancient monuments and culture, but I know what you're thinking. Where the fuck is the anime and ...Read More


While chilling in the gardens around Dembo-in in Asakusa, admiring the beautiful Koi under the bridges, I got chatting to an elderly local called Hideo. I think he just wanted to flex his pretty impressive English skills, but his eyes ...Read More


You could be forgiven, on first arriving at Asakusa on the Ginza subway line, that you've descended into Japanese tourist-trap hell. And to some extent you'd be right; it certainly seems to be the most touristy place I visited in ...Read More


Getting to Mount Fuji isn't easy on your own from Tokyo, unless you want to hire a car. Even then it's a few hours drive. On the recommendation of friends, we took the easy option: an organized bus tour. It ...Read More


Kiddy Land is a pretty mainstream toy shop, and wouldn't normally warrent a mention here - except that this is Tokyo, and mainstream means something completely different. Spanning five floors, of most interest are the anime and Ghibli sections. While ...Read More


There's not much that I can write about Tokyo's central fashion node Harajuku that hasn't been written already - certainly if you've ever read style magazine Fruits you'll be familiar with the impact the area has had over global fashion ...Read More


Awaking to a surprisingly sunny and very hot November day, we decided to take a short walk down to Shinjuku Gyoen. While I'd been impressed with the serenity of the gardens around the Imperial Palace a couple of days previously, ...Read More

As you can probably imagine, I've been taking a lot of photos while I've been over here in Japan. Due to time constraints and the way Wordpress works, I haven't been able to share as much with you as ...Read More


I'm always surprised when people moan that no-one talks on the tube in London – I mean, exactly what the fuck are we meant to say? It's pretty much the same on the Tokyo JR lines – no-ones chatting, too ...Read More