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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Honda updates ASIMO Robot, turns it into an Autonomous Machine

Honda has updated it’s well known Asimo humanoid robot with what it is calling “autonomous behavior control technology” which the company states advances Asimo from an “automatic machine” to an “autonomous machine” with  decision-making capabilities such as determining its behavior in concert with its surroundings...

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Gundam Cafe – A shrine for fans of the Gundam Franchise

Being the rabid Gundam fan I am I was disappointed that I was unable to see the Life-sized RX-78 Gundam in Tokyo or in Shizouka. My last chance to see it was when it returned disassembled in the name of charity but I unfortunately missed out on...

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Nara Deer – National Treasures or tricky buggers?

Nara is a must visit for fans of Japanese history, Buddhist temples and.. Deer. Not just any ordinary deer but deer designated as “National Treasures”, all 1200+ of them. Up to the mid 1600’s killing one of them was a crime punishable by death as...

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One night at El Inn Kyoto

I was fortunate enough to have two amazing friends to stay with while in Japan, the first Jamaican pal I met through his blog about his life and experiences being an English teacher in Japan and the 2nd a beautiful Japanese lady who intrigued me...

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Practical Japanese: Shinkansen Automatic Ticket Machine

Practical Japanese is a new series I am starting where from time to time I will publish a photo and/or video displaying Japanese characters whether Kanji, Katakana, Hiranga or a combination of them. I hope that seeing Japanese being used is a practical everyday sense...

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Last Exile ~Fam, the Silver Wing – First Impressions

The original Last Exile in my eyes is an anime classic and I was surprised that while searching through my archives I could find no post I had written on that series. Many years after the first series ended abruptly in a brain-twisting cliffhanger the followup although not necessarily...

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Hitsumabushi – Barbecued Eel never tasted so good

I have babbled a lot about how Japan is crazy about food, and how pleasantly surprised I was when I arrived at the variety of gastronomical delights available that quickly vanquish the proverbial “picky eater” in me as I felt that I was missing out...

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