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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Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

I arrived in Japan in late June - just in time for the country's infamous rainy season where the ocean invades the land. So of course I had to wait a whole nine months before I would get to experience the most iconic event in Japan - the blooming of thousands of cherry blossoms (or sakura). So …

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Survival of the English-iest: Japan vs South Africa

Ever wonder what it's like traveling to Japan or South Africa using only English? Well wonder no more! Check out this week's installment of South Africa VS Japan to find out the answer! Part I: Surviving in Japan One question I often get asked as an English-speaker in Japan is "Can you survive in Japan …

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Booth in Mongolia: Tsagaan Sar

Climbing the stairs to the family apartment of a friend's Mongolian colleague, I felt a tang of nervousness. The other foreigners I was with were chattering in whispers about how exactly to present the crisp 10 000 tugrik bill to the grandparents. I reckon that all of us were worried about screwing up the line …

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My First Snow Day in Tokyo

It's late one chilly winter's eve, a young boy glances outside his window before crawling into bed, only to see that the first snow of the season is falling. Excited, he yells out to his mother and tells her the exciting news. "It's late, darling, you can play in the snow in the morning!" she …

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The Festive Season: Japan vs South Africa

The holiday season is long over. Adults have returned to work and children have started school again. So I would like to take this time to make a (delayed) post about the differences between the festive season in South Africa and the festive season in Japan - both of which are riddled with opposites: 1. …

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Autumn in Tokyo: Pure Beauty

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the hot and sticky Japanese summer, but now that it's the start of the winter season, I decided to write about autumn in Japan - arguably one of the two most beautiful seasons. Autumn in Japan is famous for its changing leaves. Starting from Hokkaido (northern …

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Kawagoe Festival: An Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

After having used my fool-proof methods of discovering places in Japan, I decided one weekend to go to Kawagoe - a city in Saitama famous for its traditional style buildings and candy penny street. In fact, the whole town is known as Little Edo due to its traditional feel from the Edo Period (1603-1868). Little …

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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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