5 Things To Do In Sapporo

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is a great place to visit year round. In winter, it boasts winter festivals and sports that are the envy of Japan, while in summer, it's a great place to escape the cruel humidity of the mainland. Hokkaido itself is famous for being the largest and northern-most prefecture of Japan. …

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Cycling At The Imperial Palace

Have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo? Want to take a special someone on a date in the heart of the city? Want to spend a relaxing Sunday with your family? Well, look no further than the Imperial Palace! Every Sunday, a 3 km stretch of road around the famous palace in Tokyo is …

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Cat Cafe Review [Video]

Cat Cafes are great places to chill out with some cats and enjoy delicious snacks. After being in Japan for over a year, I decided to finally visit one of these infamous cafes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaDg_sG8O34 Fun Fact: The Japanese word for cat is Neko (猫) and meow is translated as Nya (ニャー). [Hence Nyan Cat]

Fun at Tokyo One Piece Tower

As a birthday treat, I decided to take a trip to the One Piece amusement park in Tokyo Tower - a new opened fun-land for children and One Piece enthusiasts. However, the park is a lot more than that - it captures the essence of one of the most famous manga and anime in Japan. …

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The Wonderful World of Ghibli

From the outside it looks like a quiet country cottage with vines creeping all over the house and giving a sense of humble dignity. Before entering the museum, you already feel a sense of anticipation and curiosity - like it's the start of an adventure. And when you finally step inside, you're not disappointed. This is …

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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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Flower Fires: Toda-shi, Saitama

One hot and sticky night a few weeks ago, I was calmly making supper when a loud bang caught my attention. Forgetting for a moment that I was not back in South Africa (where gunshots can occasionally be heard), I didn't think anything of it until a second, even louder bang rang throughout the air …

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