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Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo

July 26, 2017 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a lively and colorful way to draw your summer to a close there is probably not better option than the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival.  This carnival is the largest Samba dance related event in Japan, and it draws crowds of over 500,000 to view the spectacle of samba dance teams […]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2017 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Experience a Taste of Traditional Japan at a Tokyo Ryokan Guesthouses

July 18, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Sometimes, when living in the capital, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of globalization. Of course there are neon kanji signs flashing wherever you look, but you are never far away from a Starbucks, a McDonalds, an Italian restaurant or an Irish bar. In fact, despite living in Japan’s […]

Tokyo’s Best BBQ Spots

July 13, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

The best barbecue is the one you grill yourself. You may think this would be difficult in the city, what with limited yard and garden space, but in actual fact there are plenty of spots around Tokyo in which to get your grill on. Sona Area Tokyo BBQ Garden This barbecue area in Ariake is […]

Educational Museums in Tokyo That Your Kids (and You) Will Love

July 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There is something about science that can really capture a child’s imagination. Whether it is the natural world, robotics or outer space, getting to grips with our surroundings can be spellbinding for young fertile minds. However, in an age of iPads, YouTube and easily accessible cartoons, it can be difficult to turn little ones on […]