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2012 Tokyo International Toy Show Opens to Public

The 2012 Tokyo International Toy Show Opened to the public yesterday and will finish today. The show is being held at “Tokyo Big Sight“. Some of the toys featured at the show include the SmartPet from Bandai which turns your iPhone into a virtual pet which can literally walk around and wag its tail! Tokyo […]

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Cultural Matsuri (Festivals) in Tokyo, Japan – July through December (Part 2)

Japanese festivals are typically colourful events, with both playful and serious aspects celebrated. The customs and traditions around the festivities tend to date back centuries, though many now include modern twists. Typically, the most important part of a festival is the public procession with the local deity carried in a mikoshi – or palanquin. Festivals […]

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Tokyo back at most expensive city in the world

Tokyo has been crowned the most expensive city in the world. The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Mercer, which analyses costs faced by visitors from the U.S. Since the US dollar has weakened to the Japanese yen, this could at least partly explain the situation. Fortunately for tourists visiting Tokyo, there are still […]

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Cultural Matsuri (Festivals) in Tokyo, Japan – January through June (Part 1)

Japan has long been a producer of amazing things and people, from beautiful geishas, to brave samurai warriors, origami (the art of paper folding), ikebana flower arrangements, wide-eyed anime cartoons, and industry changing technology. Evidence suggests that Japan has been inhabited since 14 000 BC – and this is certainly reflected in its rich cultural […]

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Sanno Matsuri Festival 2012

Sanno Matsuri festival will be held from June 9-16 at Hie-jinja Shrine. The festival is held every 2 years. It is one the three most famous festivals including the Sanja festival and Kanda festival. The festival consists of a parade which goes for 20km and lasts for 9 hours. It starts and ends at Hie […]

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Discover The Real Japan On A Tokyo Tour

If you’re looking for a great city break but are tired of visiting the same old European capitals and have a yearning to journey a little further afield, Tokyo could be the perfect destination for you. Tokyo is a very lively, metropolitan city that retains the essence of Japanese culture and customs. It is a […]

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Tokyo Sky Tree Tower opens to the public

The world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower opened yesterday to the public. Around 200,000 people were expected to visit the tower on the first day alone. About 8000 lucky people who had advance reservations were able to go up the tower to the observation decks. “I left my house at 5 a.m. to […]

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Rogue penguin escaps Tokyo zoo

Tokyo has breathed a sigh of relief as an escaped penguin has now been found swimming in Tokyo Bay. The penguin scaled a 13 foot wall and squeezed through a barbed wire fence to escape Tokyo Zoo. “You can see it’s got the same ring around its flipper and identical facial patterns,” said Kazuhiro Sakamoto, […]

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