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Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 – Press conference

Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 – Press conference

Today the press conference to announce the complete line-up and jury members for the 27th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was held at Toranomon Hills, Tokyo today.   The event was hosted by TV personality Shinsuke Kasai with the welcoming address... read more
Tokyo Game Show 2014

Tokyo Game Show 2014

The Tokyo Game Show for 2014 was another success I thought.  Well, the official numbers were down when compared to last year – 251, 832 versus 270, 197 but with that number of people there it still all looked good.  As always the focus was on Japan with the... read more
Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever

Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever

As you’ve probably seen in the papers or on the television, dengue fever has been reported in central Tokyo.  The disease which  causes a high fever and in rare cases death has been reported in Yoyogi and Central parks in central Tokyo, wWith  over seventy cases... read more
Takaido Photowalk

Takaido Photowalk

Today I did my first photowalk.  I’ve been wanting to do one for a while as it is something I’ve never done.  Since I started my blog, I’ve always gone to a place I’ve wanted to show you such as a park, museum or event etc, but never have I... read more
Koenji Awa Odori 2014

Koenji Awa Odori 2014

The Koenji Awa Odori is always an amazing event.  I’ve been to it many times now and it never ceases to amaze me.  Over the two nights it has 10,000 people perform watched by about one million people.  Events can’t get bigger than this I think.  The Awa... read more
Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat

Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat

Yesterday I visited Sengakuji to get some photos for my latest article about it.  As I walked in I noticed a building going up next to the front gate.  On that front gate was a sign written, “We object to that apartment (i.e. the one next to the gate) being... read more
All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014

All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014

Today was the first time for the All Student Art Festival – Gakuten to be held.  The venue was Tokyo’s Big Sight in Odaiba and as the name of the event suggests, every artist who participated was a student.  Considering how young some of them were I... read more
Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa – 2014

Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa – 2014

The Awa Odori festival season has already started in many places, and tonight it was held in Shimokitazawa.  It is held through tight winding streets with the crowd right up against the dancers.  I got there a little early and was lucky to see one group, the... read more
Tanabata in Asagaya 2014

Tanabata in Asagaya 2014

Last month on the seventh of July we celebrated the festival of Tanbata in Japan and today is the seventh of August which means that some places here celebrate it again, this time according to the old Japanese calendar.  I headed to Asagaya in Suginami ward to see... read more
Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal

Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal

I don’t know what to say about the three girls who make up this heavy metal cum dance group, Babymetal.  Doubt I could ever take them seriously, but they are a lot of fun.  Their song, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” (which could be translated as No more... read more

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