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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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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

We stumbled across a true gem on the main Akihabara drag today; a store that sold only old Nintendo products and emulators. In amongst the Famicom and N64 carts my girlfriend spotted what's pictured above: this beautifully formed Bomberman multi-tap. ...Read More

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Where do I start? Again, everything you've most probably heard is quite possibly true. It's a living, breathing Bladerunner set, part futuristic shopping district, part tacky tourist attraction, where funky dressed hipsters and short skirted schoolgirls mix with suited Hiro Nakamura ...Read More

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If you want to escape from the concrete and steel for a day, bizarrely one of the best places to head to is the centre of Tokyo, and the area surrounding the Imperial Palace. The gardens are huge, and took ...Read More

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Shinjuku seems to be littered with tiny pet stores and street stalls selling hyperactive puppies and kittens in plastic cages - simultaneously both one of the most disturbing and kawaii things I've ever witnessed. Hand written signs proclaim both the ...Read More