Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Posted by in Language, Media, Tokyo on 08. Sep, 2013 | Comments Off

Now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been announced it’s time to beef up your Olympic vocabulary! Kanji Hiragana Romaji English 国際オリンピック委員会 こくさいオリンピックいいんかい kokusai orinpikku iinkai Tokyo Olympic Committee 開催地 かいさいち kaisaichi place where an event will be held 五輪 ごりん gorin Olympics (lit. 5 rings) 夏季五輪 かきごりん kaki gorin summer olympics 安定した財政 あんていしたざいせい anteishita [...]

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Posted by in Art, Culture, Tokyo, Travel on 05. Oct, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the stops on my trip to Tokyo with @GuideYu a few months ago was to a Tenugui shop in Harajuku called Kamawanu. Tenugui are a traditional Japanese multipurpose cloth. To name just a few of the many uses for tenugui, back in the Edo period people would use tenugui as small towels, or [...]

Things to do in Tokyo: Kagurazaka

Things to do in Tokyo: Kagurazaka

Posted by in Culture, Food, Tokyo, Travel on 02. Aug, 2012 | Comments Off

I had the opportunity to roam around Tokyo with Yuko (@guideyu and @guideyu_) from Guide-Yu.jp! Even though I lived in the Yokohama/Tokyo area for more than a few years, I learned a lot during our day-long tour and saw a lot of neat areas of Tokyo that I had maybe passed through but never really [...]

Royal Milk Maid Cafe in Akihabara

Royal Milk Maid Cafe in Akihabara

Posted by in Osaka, Tokyo on 15. Jan, 2012 | 2 Comments

I have a friend who is about to head to Japan for the first time, and he wants the Maid Cafe experience. I have been to maid cafe’s before, but not anytime in the past 5+ years or so… so I’m way out of the loop. This youtube introduction of Royal Milk is pretty good, [...]

Interview with @jyemenai

Interview with @jyemenai

Posted by in Books, Language, Tokyo, Travel on 23. Oct, 2010 | 2 Comments

@jyemenai and his Pepsi bottle Hello JapanNewbies! We’ve got another interview for you. This time, with @jyemenai, who has recently returned from his first trip to Japan, which also happens to be his first trip overseas! Let’s get right into it. Could you tell us briefly what the KCP program is all about, and why [...]

Monjyayaki in Tsukishima Revisited

Monjyayaki in Tsukishima Revisited

Posted by in Culture, Food, Tokyo on 17. Apr, 2010 | 2 Comments

Went to Tsukishima in Tokyo with some of my wife’s friends to eat Monjyayaki. Japan is fun like that. There are certain areas in Tokyo that you can go to see tons of shops serving the exact same dish, though done in their own special way. I’ve seen places like this for gyoza, okonomiyaki, ramen, [...]

Fancy Tokyo Railway Map

Fancy Tokyo Railway Map

Posted by in Tokyo on 16. Mar, 2010 | Comments Off

Found this cool Tokyo Subway Map on WhiteRabbitPress.com. It’s designed by a Korean graphic designer who does maps of other cities as well. Notice that the Tokyo Map looks like the Japanese flag. Designer Tokyo Map available from White Rabbit Press It’s available in the following sizes from White Rabbit Press: Tokyo Railway Handy Map [...]

The Year of No Money in Tokyo

Posted by in Books, Tokyo, Working on 11. May, 2009 | 3 Comments

Wayne Lionel Aponte, the author of the recently published The Year of No Money in Tokyo, sent me a copy of his book to read and review. This was my first casual summer vacation read, and it was an interesting ride. This book did not strike me as a masterpiece, but Wayne’s experience and personal [...]

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