Senso-ji (浅草寺)

In today’s post I’d like to tell you about Senso-ji. Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It was formerly part of a sect of Buddhism called Tendai. Over 30 million people visit Senso-ji every year. History Senso-ji pays homage to the Goddess of Mercy called Kannon. or (Guanyin). According to legend, in 628 two brothers who happened to be fishermen …

Pachinko Parlors In Japan: A Piece Of Local History

Pachinko is one of Japan’s most famous mechanical games; it can be used both as a recreational and gambling device. Pachinko parlors are often regarded as the Japanese equivalent of casinos. In fact, the décor, ambiance and gaming policies in Pachinko parlors quite resemble western casinos. The widespread appeal of Pachinko originates from the high customizability of the machine; they …

Japanese Manga Cafes

Introduction If there’s anything I’ve learned through my travels in Japan it’s that much of Tokyo is more complicated than it may first appear. The culture is so unique, and it exudes itself deeply into the people of the area but also into the businesses. There’s things in Tokyo you just can’t find anywhere else, there’s nothing like it. An …

Machida (町田)

In today’s post, I’d like to follow up on places that aren’t tourist traps and talk to you about Machida. Just like Hachioji, it is on the outskirts of downtown Tokyo. Machida has two train stations. One is on the JR Yokohama Line and the other is on the Odakyu Line. It is about a forty minute train ride from …

Karaoke (カラオケ)

A typical Japanese past time and also one of my personal favorites is Karaoke (Called carry oke in the west) . First let’s go over what Karaoke actually means. カラ represents the Chinese character 空 which means empty. オケ is a shortened version of オーケストラ which means orchestra. So basically it means “Emtpy Orchestra” Now you are probably wondering what …

What Makes The Imperial Palace In Tokyo Such A Famous Place In Japan?

The Imperial Palace Tokyo Japan without any doubt is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. Each year it attracts millions of tourists from around the world in general and the Western Nations in particular. The country offers some of the finest and most varied tourist attractions for people with different tastes and requirements. Yes, Tokyo continues …

Some Interesting Facts about Hachioji (八王子)

In this months post I would like to talk to you about some interesting facts about Hachioji. It’s in Tokyo but located on the outskirts. It’s about an hour away from the downtown area. The reason I’m telling you about this particular city is because it’s off the beaten path. Many people who visit Tokyo only stick to the major tourist destinations. …

Governor of Tokyo: Yuriko Koike

Yuriko Koike, the first female Tokyo Governor is a qualified and a potential political leader in Japan. Beginning in 1992, her shifting, yet active role in politics has credited her in her current position as she holds the office of Governor of Tokyo. Being in the House of the Representative for 24 years, Yuriko Koike is one of the most …

Etiquette in Japan

In this month’s article I’d like to talk to you about etiquette in Japan. I will tell you about some of my experiences and what you shouldn’t be doing when you arrive here. Taking A Bath I’m originally from the United States. In the United States when we take a bath, we wash our bodies with soap inside the bathtub. …