Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nijo Castle – Former home of the first Shogun of the Edo Period

Nijo Castle is a massive complex in Kyoto Japan built in the early 1600’s as the home of the first Shogun of the Edo Period Tokugawa Ieyasu. The entire Nijo Castle grounds include various buildings, temples, gardens, moats, walls, ponds and watchtowers and unsurprisingly it...

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New JR Kanto Area Pass Available next month

Starting next month East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will be selling a new JR Kanto Area Pass available to holders of a non-Japanese passport arriving at Haneda or Narita Airport. The discounted pass is valid for 3 consecutive days and allows unlimited rides in...

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Practical Japanese: Electronic Toilet Controller Buttons

Welcome to the second ediition in a series I am calling “practical Japanese” where I share a photo or video showing hiragana, katakana or kanji being used in a practical everyday sense. The aim is to expand the vocabulary of fellow Japanese learners so they...

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That delicious Japanese noodle dish called Ramen

Next in line in the long list of things I did for the first time while in Japan is eating that delicious Japanese noodle dish called Ramen. Ramen for me is one of those iconic Japanese dishes I see so much in movies, anime etc...

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Temple of the Silver Pavilion – Ginkaku-ji

One of the three main stops during my 1 day exploration of Kyoto while in Japan was Ginkakuji a Zen temple which was originally constructed in the late 1400’s. It was originally intended to be the retirement villa of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th shogun of...

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10 Android Apps that made my Japan trip much easier

Traveling to to a far away land or even to an unfamiliar neighbouring town is not as difficult or daunting as it used to be. With a wealth of information available online and at your fingertips in the form of apps for smartphones and tablets...

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Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival

I saw an interesting share on Twitter today about Animae Caribe – Animation and New Media Festival. Many things about this festival has surprised me but the main one was learning that it is in it’s 10th year and it’s the first I am even...

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Yoshinoya Fast Food – Cheap Beef Bowls for all

Yoshinoya is a well known Japanese fast food chain that has it’s root in Japan from as far back as 1899. Yoshinoya is famous for it’s Gyudon or Beef Bowls which are prepared quickly with a variety of side dishes and toppings at very affordable...

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Now Playing: Dark Souls

Dark Souls is a dark fantasy action adventure role playing game from Japanese game studio From Software. It is one of my most anticipated titles of the year and I am still enjoying it after dieing dozens and dozens of times. I’ve wanted to buy...

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