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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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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