The Sasuke Shrine is believed to be a "power spot" by shrine aficionados, and you can see by the number of fox figures that's not really a fringe opinion around here. May 20

The Fox Shrine To End All Fox Shrines

I knew I was going to love the Sasuke Inari Shrine from the moment I saw the long tunnel of red lacquer torii gates leading into the deep, dark woods. But nothing prepared me for the mossy, foxy, wonders that lay beyond! If you’d like to visit the Sasuke Inari Shrine the next time you’re […]

For all your Cat Butt Pincushion needs. May 18

Tokyo Design Festa 2015: Seriously, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Last weekend, Tokyo’s Design Festa delivered a level of craziness so far beyond words that once again, I’m just going to have to show you pictures. First, from the double rainbow world of animal goods… Design Festa is held twice a year – the next one will be in November 2015. If you’re in Tokyo and want to go, a map […]

Shibazakura5 May 14

Vast Carpets Of Lawn Cherries!

Outside of Japan, nobody has heard of shibazakura, but they should! Check out the rolling hills covered with pink flowers that bloom in the middle of May! (They’re actually a variety of phlox, so I’m guessing the “sakura” part of the name is a feeble-ish attempt to ride the coattails of Japan’s more famous flower season, but they DO deliver […]

ScienceBarFeat May 12

Precision Drinking At The Science Bar

I must insist that you hoist a glass at the Science Bar Incubator, in the name of research! The bartender/owner has a degree in medical engineering, but his most successful experiments to date seem to be shots of tequila served with salt and lemon wedges in petri dishes, flights of wine measured out in test tubes, and beer chasers drafted into 500 ml beakers. If you’d like […]

Yes, I'm history. May 11

Suddenly, Godzilla!

Warning: when you’re in Japan, be careful never to say, “Just bite me!” because THIS might happen. If you walk out of the Tokyo Midtown exit of Roppongi Station right now, you too can be snarfed up by everyone’s favorite radioactive mutant. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

Can apparently be made into quite tasty sashimi. WHO KNEW? May 08

What Japanese People Talk About At The Aquarium

So, today as I wandered around the Sunshine City Aquarium, I couldn’t help but overhear a few conversations between my fellow fish enthusiasts. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

As the wind blows, it looks like they're all swimming together above the river. May 05

5,000 Fluttering Fish Flags

Actually, 5,283. That’s how many koi nobori it took to snag Tatebayashi a place in the Guinness Book, and this is what they look like, flying over the river near Tsutsujigaoka Park! If you’re in Japan anytime from late March to early May, and would like to see the koi nobori display in Tsutsujigaoka Park at Tatebayashi, […]


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