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The End

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Views [1215] | Comments [5]

Well, that’s about it from me and my adventures in Japan for the World Nomads travel writing scholarship ... for now at least.   I intend to continue posting at this address with updates on what I’m up to in the world of travel writing… which, ... Read more >


'Smoking Manners' ... funny stuff.

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Views [2043]

Under a thick cloud of smoke on many a Tokyo street corner you’re likely to find dozens of people huddled around designated smoking areas, frantically puffing away on cigarettes and, sadly, seemingly unaware of the immense humour that lays before them ... Read more >


Photos: 'Smoking Manners' ... funny stuff

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners' campaign has produced some seriously funny stickers around town. Love it.
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Asakusa By Night

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Views [2505]

By day it’s a bustling tourist centre of sightseeing and shopping, but when the sun goes down and the bulk of the tourists take their weary feet elsewhere, the shops on Nakamise Dori  close their shutters for the night and a very different looking ... Read more >


Photos: Asakusa By Night

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

Asakusa in different light. When shop shutters in and around Nakamise Dori showcase the work of local artists.
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One Crazy Night in Shinjuku

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | Views [5858]

For my last weekend in Tokyo, Simon organised a mystery dinner and drinks adventure in Shinjuku that I think showcases both the diversity of activities a travel writer like Simon engages in, and the randomness of Tokyo quite well (Simon aptly ... Read more >


Photos: One crazy night in Shinjuku

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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It's all in the broth; Otafuku Oden Restaurant, Tokyo

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | Views [2361]

In an earlier post I wrote about some of the more questionable things I’ve eaten in Tokyo and promised to write another post about one meal in particular… a meal that was cooked in a broth that literally has not been changed for over 6 decades.... Read more >


Photos: Tokyo - San

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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English is joyful with foreign countries

Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | Views [9251]

Spend any amount of time in Asia and you’re bound to stumble across some fine examples of misused English that, to the proficient English speaker, can be pretty amusing.   Over the years some lovely signs have told me to “glide with care” ... Read more >


The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony), Andon Ryokan

Saturday, 27 Mar 2010 | Views [3853]

Given the ritualised and formal nature of Japanese culture, it’s little wonder that in Japan, even the simple cup of tea has an entire ceremony in its honour.   Through the influences of Zen Buddhism, the commonplace practice of tea drinking ... Read more >


Photos: The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Saturday, 27 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Hadaka Matsuri - The Naked Festival : Coming this winter to a Shinto shrine near you!

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | Views [24939] | Video

I recently spent a day surrounded by a few dozen semi-naked, mud-smeared Japanese men… oh, and one semi-naked, mud-smeared American.   Yep, it was loincloths, bums and mud as far as the eye could see and it was all done in the name of good fortune ... Read more >


Photos: Warabi Hadaka Matsuri - The Naked Festival

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

A Shinto ritual that sees semi-naked men get muddy in the name of good fortune.
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Origami Kaikan, Tokyo

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | Views [4099]

For a real origami treat in Tokyo, look no further than the Origami Kaikan in Ochanomizu.   Established in 1859, the Origami kaikan houses an impressive display of origami creations in addition to an origami school, a workshop that manufactures ... Read more >


Photos: Origami Kaikan, Tokyo

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Popopure Maid Café, Akihabara

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | Views [4919]

 If Tokyo is the world capital for weirdness, then Akihabara would have to be its pulsating heart.   In this district, famous of its electronics and anime, you can find everything from computer parts and popcorn machines to gaming outlets, manga galore ... Read more >


The Soba Enthusiast

Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | Views [1313] | Comments [3]

en·thu·si·ast (ĕn-thū'zē-ăst') noun. 1. one who is filled with enthusiasm; one who is ardently ... Read more >

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Akasaka Cooking School (or, how I became the new Iron Chef)

Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | Views [1324]

As the bureaucrats, politicians and dignitaries of Akasaka were darting in and out of exclusive restaurants for quick and very expensive power lunches, I was diving head first into my latest culinary challenge - the Japanese cooking class.... Read more >

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Intrepid Travel 'Flavours of Tokyo'

Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | Views [1226] | Comments [2]

As if an all expensed paid trip to Japan to work with an experienced travel writer on an award-winning travel guide wasn’t enough, my prize for winning the World Nomads travel writing scholarship also included a “Flavours of Tokyo” tour, courtesy ... Read more >

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