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Shibamata summer fireworks in Tokyo

Shibamata summer fireworks in Tokyo

On Tuesday 26th July 2011 I went to see the summer fireworks display at Shibamata, north east of central Tokyo. From the station I had to walk through a traditional street before getting to the park where the fireworks were to take place. I made it to the park by the river just before the fireworks started. The fireworks were very [...]

Japan visa change of status and extension

Japan visa change of status and extension

If you are moving to a job which requires a different residency status from your current one, you will need to file a change of status application with immigration. This post talks about my experience of changing my ‘designated activities’ status (working holiday visa) to a ‘specialist in humanities / international services’ status. There [...]

Digital TV in Japan and setting up the digibox

Digital TV in Japan and setting up the digibox

On 24th July 2011 Japan will switch to digital TV. During the build up they put a message in corner of the analogue channel saying ‘Analog’ in katakana (アナログ), and at the bottom of the screen was a reminder that the analogue TV will soon be switched off. By moving to digital you can get access to of extra Japanese [...]

Buying a SoftBank prepaid phone

Buying a SoftBank prepaid phone

SoftBank offer a range of prepaid phones aimed at people who are resident in the country for a short time. SoftBank is the phone network that is used by the majority of foreigners in Japan, so if you are intending to make calls or send messages to other foreign friends it is probably the network you should be on. Before going for the [...]

Veggie ramen at Kagetsu

Veggie ramen at Kagetsu

Once a year the ramen chain Kagetsu produces a limited edition veggie ramen dish that is served for only a month or two. This year’s 2011 vegetarian ramen started in April, and it is delicious! As well as the ramen they have also produced a vegetarian gyoza side dish. To try it visit your local Kagetsu quick before it is over. They are [...]

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Is is near the end of April now and almost all the cherry blossoms in Tokyo are gone. But in the second week of April when I went to see them properly they were everywhere. I visited two well known cherry blossom viewing places, Sumida Park, and Ueno Park. The Japanese get very excited about cherry blossoms. They get a warm up to the cherry [...]

Staying in the Akihabara Washington Hotel, Tokyo

Staying in the Akihabara Washington Hotel, Tokyo

During a recent visit to Tokyo I stayed at the Akihabara Washington Hotel for 8 nights. Here are my photos and a small amount of information about the hotel. The hotel is in Akihabara on the East side of central Tokyo. It is a three minute walk from the JR Yamanote line – this is the line that circles central Tokyo and goes to many of the [...]

Can you walk across Tokyo in a day?

Can you walk across Tokyo in a day?

Once you’ve seen all the main tourist sites in Tokyo what can you do next? Why not try walking across the city! I recently did two walks across central Tokyo, one from Akihabara to Shinjuku, and one from Shiba area (Hamamatsucho station) to Shibuya. Both these walks are from East to West from one side of the Yamanote loop train line to the [...]

Viewing Mount Fuji

Viewing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji (known as Fuji-san) makes one of Japan’s classic and most famous images. It can however be notoriously difficult to view as clouds and mists often obscure it (see the film Cherry Blossoms for an example). Winter can be a good time to view it as the air tends to be clearer. I went at the end of December. Your best bet for seeing [...]

Tokyo New Year’s Eve fireworks in Yokosuka

Tokyo New Year’s Eve fireworks in Yokosuka

On New Year’s Eve most of the major cities around the work have large free organised fireworks displays in the city centre. Unfortunately Tokyo doesn’t – at least not in the main city. There are several paid displays if you are prepared to travel a bit outside the centre, but if you made the journey to Yokosuka [...]

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