Tokyo Marathon 2014 – “The Day We Unite”

On Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9:10AM about 35,000 runners will run through the streets of Tokyo for the 2014 Tokyo Marathon. On November 2012, Tokyo joined the ranks of London, Boston, Berlin,...

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If you’re feeling lucky, then place your bets at a horse race!

If you are the betting type, then try your luck at a horse race! You may not know this, but horse racing is actually popular among many Japanese people. Many Japanese people check the horse racing...

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Direct Translations of Japanese Prefectures and Local Areas Names

You may wonder what all those Japanese town and city names really means, since each kanji characters has its own meaning. So I painstakingly translated each word just for you, and added a little...

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Harajuku’s Top Pancake Shops

Japan is definitely a paradise for sushi lovers, like myself but I'm also a huge pancake lover. Usually pancakes are eaten as a dessert rather than for breakfast and you will find it on many dessert...

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Catch a glimpse of a traditional Japanese Bride at Meiji Shrine

Catch a glimpse of a traditional Shinto wedding procession at Meiji Shrine. A sight that will become increasingly rare because many young couples want a more western-style wedding with the all the...

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Where to See Snow Monkeys

When you have a chance to spend several days in Japan. You might be looking for some ways to see some of the most famous sights of Japan, such as temples in Asakusa, famous Tsukiji Fishmarket,...

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Looking for mosque in Tokyo? Here’s a list.

There is a new version of this blog with updated information. Please view it here: Looking for a mosque in Tokyo? Here's a list - Planetyze. The Japanese community is more diverse than you think and...

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Edo Wonderland, a place where you can experience old world Japan!

Immerse yourself in a bit of history at Edo Wonderland! You can dress up in Edo period costume, and be a civilian, police officer, samurai or whatever your heart desires. Play a game of darts, take...

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What else can you do on New Year’s Day

New Year's Day Sunrise It may sound weird but it's a tradition to watch the first sunrise of the new year in Japan. Some people go to open areas to watch the sun rise up from the horizon, others go...

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Samurai Sword and Armor

What is Samurai?? In Japanese, Samurai is usually used as same meaning as bushi or buke, which refers to the military nobility of medieval and early modern Japan. Samurai was usually used as lower...

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