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 will help expand the vocabulary of fellow Japanese learners so … Continue reading Practical Japanese: Shinkansen Automatic Ticket Machine

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 a sequel is called Last Exile ~Fam, the Silver Wing, one … Continue reading Last Exile ~Fam, the Silver Wing – First Impressions

First day Japan travel mistake rewarded with a Sky Garden in Yokohama

Just about 24 hours after plane hopping to Japan from Jamaica I was restless, my internal clock was messed up and jet lag mixed with the excitement of actually being in Japan made me feel, of all things, very adventurous. I was ready to put all the Japan travel tactics I had learned theoretically to … Continue reading First day Japan travel mistake rewarded with a Sky Garden in Yokohama

Shinkansen 700 and N700 series gallery – A Densha Otaku’s Wetdream

I may have had a romantic experience with the Narita Express but the Shinkansen has had been captivated for years and while in Japan I clocked up a lot of miles going between Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka on theTōkaidō Shinkansen as I made good use of my 21 day Japan Rail Pass which after … Continue reading Shinkansen 700 and N700 series gallery – A Densha Otaku’s Wetdream

Japan Mobile Rental – Stay connected to the internet while visiting Japan

Earlier in the year, in the middle of the pre-planning for my recently concluded trip to Japan, I realized that having access to the internet while up and about in Japan might prove a little troublesome. As a blogger, tweeter and gadget freak I needed access to the interwebs constantly in order to be able … Continue reading Japan Mobile Rental – Stay connected to the internet while visiting Japan

Tourism Boost! Japan to offer 10,000 free tickets

Japan's tourism industry is still reeling from the March 11th earthquake and resulting nuclear radiation crisis as many travellers continue to avoid Japan. The Japan Tourism Agency has been behind various initiatives to help get the tourists back. Their latest proposal is to offer 10,000  free round-trip tickets to visitors who in return will help spread the word that … Continue reading Tourism Boost! Japan to offer 10,000 free tickets