Despite losing its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, Tokyo is still planning to bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. FIFA requires the host city to have a stadium that seats at least 80,000 people for the opening and final games. The stadium that was used in the 2002 World Cup […]
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Not too surprisingly, Tokyo lost its bid for the 2016 Olympic games, with Rio de Janeiro defeating its other contenders Chicago and Madrid. It will be the first time that South America has hosted the Olympic games. “Tokyo’s bid lacked passion, it didn’t capture the voters’ hearts,” said Munehiko Harada, sports sciences professor at Waseda […]
Contrary to popular belief, Tokyo should not be crossed off your destinations list on the basis of high prices. It is easy to stay there without parting with too much cash, as long as you are savvy with your spending. The public transport system is excellent, hundreds of Tokyo hostels have opened up in recent […]
I suppose anyone not living in Tokyo probably can’t understand the rise in popularity of cat cafes in Tokyo and “rent a pet” services. This article describes the author’s experience of visiting a “cat cafe”. Most people in Tokyo live in tiny apartments which are often barely big enough for one person, let alone pets. […]
No wonder Tokyo is often considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. Shoichi Fujimaki has opened a new upscale ramen shop in Meguro ward where the average bowl of noodles costs around 3,000 yen. “People will pay more for nice things,” rationalizes the 40-year-old, sporting closely cropped hair and a white chef’s […]
A FedEx cargo plane crashed and killed its two pilots in Tokyo on Tuesday. The wreckage was quickly cleaned up by workers and the runway was soon reopened. “We have a team of experts here to work closely with our folks here in Japan, and with the government authorities, to get all the necessary information […]
Tokyo is now the most expensive city in the world to live in according to research done by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The rise in the yen (or collapse of the dollar) probably has something to do with this. London has fallen to 27th place, from 8th ranking 2008, because of the plunge in the […]
Tom Cruise arrived in Tokyo with his wife Katie Holmes and two-year-old daughter Suri, to promote his new movie Valkyrie. “We’re gonna hang out. We’re gonna see some sights, you know, and we want to eat great sushi that they have here, and just looking forward to seeing some friends,” he told reporters.
I think Chicago is the city to beat for the 2016 Olympics. Since the 2008 Olympics were in Asia, 2012 in Europe, I think there is a strong chance the following Olympics will shift back to the Americas. It is a shame, because I believe Tokyo would be an incredible city to host the games. […]
Warmer weather in Tokyo will see the cherry blossoms bloom this week. It will be at least 10 days earlier than average, according to officials. The media excitedly attempts to predict when the cherry blossoms wil bloom and Japanese argue just when are blossoms in “perfect bloom”.