The One about Yanaka Cemetery

Located in Yanaka and a minute away from Nippori Station is the large cemetery known as Yanaka Reien (Yanaka Cemetery). Originally known as Yanaka Bochi (Yanaka Graveyard), the location is home for 7,000 graves and is a cemetery that has ts own police station and a walled enclosure dedicated to the Tokugawa clan, family of the 15 Tokugawa shoguns of Japan.  Home for the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. This enclosure […]

The One about Gokokusan Tennoji Temple in Yanaka

In Yanaka, one of the most visited temples in the area is the Gokokusan Tennoji Temple. Belonging to the Tendai sect of Buddhism and founded in 1274, the temple is right across from the Yanaka Cemetery near Nippori Station. Originally as part of the Temple premises, one of the reasons why people come to visit the temple is to see the bronze Buddha which was constructed by Ota Kyuemon in […]

The One about John G. Avildsen’s “Rocky”

The greatest boxing film of all time!? Sure, there will be countless debates on whether “Rocky” or “Raging Bull” is the best boxing film of all time but what we do know is that “Rocky” was the most successful and it literally came from nowhere to surprise everyone, win multiple awards and become a money-earning beast in the box office! Written by Sylvester Stallone, who has had bit parts previously […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: Every Little Thing’s “Every Best Single -Complete-“

I can easily remember when I first heard of Every Little Thing (ELT), then a trio which featured vocalist Kaori Mochida, guitarist Ichiro Ito and keyboardist Mitsuru Igarashi.  The song was “Feel My Heart” and discovered the group while watching CDTV (a top 40 video clip show in Japan) and immediately, I ordered the album. Since 1996, the group has released a total of 49 CD singles and here we […]

The One about Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Part 1

For those who want to explore aquariums in Japan or are looking for inexpensive ways to entertain the family while in Tokyo, Tokyo Sea Life Park is definitely worth your time. The Tokyo Sea Life Park is located at Kasai Rinkai Park and is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Opened in 1989, the aquarium was designed by architect Yosio Taniguchi and is the most popular aquarium in Eastern Japan.  […]

The One about J-World at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Part 2

As I have written about the indoor theme park, J-World, located at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, one of the things I am often asked about is the store. What items are sold?  Is it a great place for souvenirs?  Yada yada yada. And for the most part, the answer is yes.  If your friend is into anime and manga, then the store has a good number of things for sale.  […]

The One about J-World at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Part 1

At Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City is an indoor theme park called “J-WORLD” for fans of the “Shonen Jump” manga and anime which is a collaboration between Shonen Jump. Price is about Y800 for admission for adults and Y600 for children, while Y2,600 gives you unlimited access for adults and Y2,400 for children, to the attractions, one can take part in various attractions for fans of “Dragon Ball Z”, “One Piece”, “Naruto”, […]