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Are You Ready For Sumo?!

Are you ready to feast your eyes on almost-naked, bear-like men wrestling each other? Well I am! Well, I did actually – at the ‘2015 November Grand Sumo Tournament’ in Hakata, Fukuoka. This past weekend about 30 of us Hiroshima ALTs hopped on a bus and travelled down to Fukuoka where we spent our time…… Continue reading Are You Ready For Sumo?!

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Evangelion Shinkansen

This year marks the 40th year that the Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet train) line has been in operation in Japan, as well as the 20th anniversary of the anime, Evangelion. And what happens when you put the two together? You get the 500 Type Eva! A screen capture of the official 500 Type EVA Project website:…… Continue reading Evangelion Shinkansen

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Japan vs My Wallet: Round III – Fukubukuro

Going to start off this post by first wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2015 turns out to be a fantastic year for you. Secondly, if you ever find yourself in Japan over New Years, do yourself a favour and get a fukubukuro. What’s a fukubukuro? Well for one, it’s a…… Continue reading Japan vs My Wallet: Round III – Fukubukuro

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Winter has a new name, and that name is ‘Cute and Fluffy’

The one thing I have noticed since arriving in Japan is the degree of ‘cuteness’ or ‘kawaii-ness’ of things. In South Africa, all things cute seem to be somewhat underrated, or non-existent (well at least where I live). But here, Japan embraces the cute, fluffy, and everything utterly adorable. So walking through my local department…… Continue reading Winter has a new name, and that name is ‘Cute and Fluffy’

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Only In Japan

Only in Japan (from a South African's point of view, mind you), do you find: Flying Fish Vending Machine This vending machine in Hiroshima City sells flying fish that are bottled in what looks like brown oil. So, after a hard night's partying, instead of heading for McD's, go for some flying fish. Yum! Instant… Continue reading Only In Japan