Author Archive | Michael Henry

Tokyo favorite to win 2020 Olympic Games

According to this article published in Time magazine, Tokyo are the current favorites to win the 2020 Olympic game bid. The British bookmakers have installed the Japanese capital as the favorite to host the Games and the reasons do appear compelling, even though this is the second Olympics in a row in which they’re bidding […]

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Biohazard cafe to open in Tokyo

I couldn’t help feeling that this was some kind of sick joke when I heard this, considering Japan’s ongoing woes with radiation fears and the current debate over nuclear energy. But yes, according to this computer gaming website, a Biohazard Cafe in Grill will be opening in Tokyo on July 13. The restaurant will open […]

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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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