A Field Trip to Little Edo, Kawagoe

Kawagoe, otherwise known as Little Edo, is a small city in the Saitama Prefecture. It not only boasts Kitain (a famous temple and shrine), but it's also famous for its unagi (eel), Candy Street, October festival, and preserved buildings from the Edo Period. After hearing about this quaint historical area, I grabbed my camera and headed out. …

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South Africa vs Japan: Which is Safer?

"Is South Africa safe?" This is the first question that I usually get asked in Japan whenever I tell someone that I'm from that Southern African country. This is because of the bad rep that South Africa has gotten over the years of being completely crime ridden. Now, some expats may tell you that this …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: KitKats

Kit Kats are popular all over the world, including South Africa, however, only in Japan can you find almost every single flavour of Kit Kat. From regular, to dark, to strawberry, to cheesecake, to matcha, you can seriously get any flavour you like. Of course, just like the Baby Star Ramen, you may have to …

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5 Ways to Travel around Tokyo

I have been in Japan for four months and so far I have not yet left Tokyo. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that I have not had much time off of work, I have not had much money to travel, and, the biggest reason of all, I'm still in …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: Baby Star Ramen

Check out the first episode of my latest segment, The Midnight Snack Booth where I try out different snacks from around Japan. In today's episode I try the delicious snack, Baby Star Ramen. These dried ramen noodles come in a variety of flavours around Japan and make the perfect on-the-go snack (even though they're really …

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A Field Trip to Sensō-ji, Asakusa

To test out my new camera, I decided to go on a field trip to one of Tokyo's most famous cultural areas - Asakusa (浅草). This area is particularly large and it definitely requires more than one day to completely traverse. So I decided to visit one of the oldest temples in Tokyo: Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺). …

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My Japanese House

Let me introduce myself.... This video is my official introduction - but that's not all... Take a tour with me around my Japanese-style house. See what makes Japanese toilets and bathrooms so special. Find out what a Japanese house is like in modern-day Tokyo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRfGRk_k2ww Please note: This tour is not extensive, there are plenty …

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My First Japanese Taxi Ride

After having missed my last train (for the umpteenth time) after a night on the town, I decided to actually make use of an interesting service in Japan - the taxi service. Mind you, we do have taxis in South Africa, but Japanese taxi trips are an experience unto themselves. On the night in question, …

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