It’s Halloween weekend or, as my Japanese friend recently dubbed it, Hallo-weekend, and Japan is a place where Halloween is definitely not done by halves! The place to be at Halloween is Tokyo, and it’s the famous Shibuya Crossing which sees all the action with massive street parties, road closures and incredible costumes. Tokyo Fashion … Continue reading
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror
It’s been ages since I took part in WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, so I thought this week I’d give it a go. This week the theme is ‘Mirror‘, which got me thinking about reflections. In Japan there are so many good opportunities for photos of reflections – here are just a few pictures I’ve taken … Continue reading
Japan 2015: All The Kit Kats!
Finally, I’ve reached the very end of my 2015 Japan trip posts! It only took me six months… I thought I’d finish with a quick post about a theme which ran through my whole trip – Kit Kats! Back in 2014 I had the pleasure of visiting the first Kit Kat Chocolatory in Tokyo. Now there … Continue reading
Japan 2015: Birthday Celebrations at DisneySea!
And so the final day of my 2015 Japan trip came. 20th December – my birthday – and I was determined to celebrate in style! That morning I woke up to the most gorgeous view of Mount Fuji as the sun rose above the harbour – what an incredible start to the day! I met … Continue reading
Japan 2015: A night out in Tokyo (featuring the Robot Restaurant)
Visiting the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho is one of the most touristy things I have ever done in Japan, and it was exactly as I expected it would be. The Robot Restaurant is a bonkers creation. It is neither restaurant nor particularly full of robots in the traditional sense. Instead, what is offered is … Continue reading
Japan 2015: The 500 Arhats
How do you follow a visit to the Kawaii Monster Cafe? Difficult, but we decided to head to the Mori Art Museum to see the latest exhibition by slightly bonkers contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (村上 隆). I had hoped to post this before the exhibition ended, but unfortunately I just wasn’t fast enough – the … Continue reading
Japan 2015: Kawaii Monster Cafe
I don’t think I have ever been as giddy with excitement as I was when I stepped into the Kawaii Monster Cafe with my friend Adam on Saturday 5th December last year. I just couldn’t stop smiling and giggling. The Kawaii Monster Cafe was everything I hoped it would be! It’s a place like no … Continue reading
Japan 2015: Deliciously Kawaii
How do you follow a visit to an owl cafe with Japan blogger Jasmine from Zooming Japan? With a visit to another theme cafe, of course! As fans of everything kawaii, neither of us could resist having lunch in the adorably cute Ojipan Cafe in Harajuku. Ojipan (おじぱん) is a Q-LIA character (similar to Sanrio … Continue reading
Japan 2015: Having a Hoot in Tokyo
One of the recent crazes in Japan is animal cafes. It started with cats and rabbits, and now extends to other creatures including birds, fish, reptiles and even goats. I’m not keen on birds as pets to be honest, so the thought of going to a cafe filled with owls was not something which particularly … Continue reading
Winner of Tokyo: Capital of Cool by Rob Goss announced!
Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Tokyo: Capital of Cool by Rob Goss (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner is… ☆★☆ Kavey ☆★☆ Kavey said: “For me … Continue reading