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Yamanote Line Extravaganza (intro)

My long overdue exploration of Tōkyō via the Yamanote Line begins here. I hope you’ll stick around for the whole series!

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I Have a Huge Announcement!

There’s a new service specializing in tourism for Japanese History. It may include beer! Help me spread the word, guys!

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Questions from Readers

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What does Ushigome-Yanagicho mean?

Kondo Isami’s dōjō? The birthplace of the Shinsengumi? Lead poisoning? Shinjuku? WTF???

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What does Ushigome mean?

牛込 Ushigome (Crowd of Cows) 。 。 牛 ushi cow 込 komi[i] swarming, huddling, amassed, crowded, “in bulk” 。 According to Japanese Wikipedia[ii], in 701, in accordance to the Taihō Code, a livestock ranch was established in this area. In fact, two were established which were sometimes referred to as 牛牧 gyūmaki a cow ranch […]

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Waku Waku News!!!

If you like/love/好き Japan This, then this is for you. I need your help to keep the blog alive. RT and Share with as many people as you know!! Japan This fans are the bessssssssssssssssssst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Edo River Fireworks

Summer in Japan means matsuri (festivals), hanabi (fireworks), and fuzoku (prostitution). Today we’ll look at the first two!

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Top 10 Japanese Songs of Summer 2

Part 2 of the JapanThis list of Top 10 Songs of Summer in Japan. This list is less traditional. But screw it, I’m busy as hell and have no time to write or go to festivals or anything. Indulge me this month for slacking off, please.

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Top 10 Japanese Songs of Summer 1

Japanese Top 10 Songs of Summer (part 1) This list is divided into 2 parts. The first part is a little more traditional, or at least songs that you’ll associate with summer because they only are heard in the summer or because they are about the summer. The second half is made of songs I […]

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Nine Inch Nails at Fuji Rock 2013

ナインインチネイルズ Nine Inch Nails . I couldn’t make it this year to Fuji Rock…. so I missed out on one of my favorite bands off all times, Nine Inch Nails. Anyhoo… after a long hiatus, they were quick to put Japan on their first new tour in ages. The video is here for all to […]

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Samurai Archives Podcast (part 2)

When I listen to my own voice or way of speaking, I want to throw up a little bit in my mouth. I can write pretty good, I think[i]. At least I’ve been told that. But I’m not such a well spoken guy. So I was nervous to record a podcast with the guys from […]

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Why does Japan have Prefectures?

Many countries have states or provinces or regions. But only Japan and France have prefectures. So what’s up with dat?

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Samurai Archives Podcast (part 1)

So……… yeah. Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter may have seen my giddy posts about doing a podcast with some of the guys from Samurai Archives. I finally got to do it and although I was super nervous to talk with them, it actually was the most normal and natural thing […]

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Fun Link Friday: 400th Anniversary of Japan-British Relations

(click the above read more link, please) As I just wrote about Miura Anjin (William Adams) today, this was very timely. There are only a few foreign samurai that we know of today. The most famous and well documented is a certain Englishman who inspired many books and even movies. Here’s my blog from today […]

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Free Wifi for Travelers in Japan

So you’re planning a trip to Japan. You have a smartphone or PC and you’re worried about only having wifi in your hotel room. Flets will give you access to their hotspots around Tokyo (and some other cities). It might not be perfect, but it’s better than nothing. And it’s FREE!

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Japanese New Year

OK. This is gonna be loooooooooooooooooooooong. I promise to try my best to be concise, but I’m also trying to include as much as possible for people interested in life in Japan. Japanese New Year is the most important holiday of the year. It’s a big family holiday, much like Christmas, but a bit more […]