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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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