The One about Amuro Namie

In Japan, there are very  few female pop stars that has not only had a long lasting music career, continually pump out chart topping hits and have a significant role in Japanese pop culture than Amuro (last name) Namie (first name). Born in Osaka and attending the Okinawa Actor’s School after being scouted, while she liked the school, her family could not afford the monthly fees.   But seeing the talent […]

The One about SKY CIRCUS Sunshine60 Observatory in Ikebukuro (for Photography or Video)

In Tokyo, there are numerous observatories that really give people or photographers and videographers a great look of the city skyline. While the World Trade Center tops my list for best observatory for photographers and videographers, primarily because it gives you a look of all surrounding areas, their is seating and most importantly, the lights are dimmed.  One location I wanted to try is SKY CIRCUS Sunshine60 Observatory in Ikebukuro. […]

The One about the Shops leading to Nishiarai Daichi in Adachi

Quite often in Japan, you will find a neighborhood of shops leading to a major shrine or temple. But if there was one area that caught my attention, it would have to be the shops that you see before or after visiting Nishiarai Daichi, the largest Shingon Buddhist temple in Northeast Tokyo. From its cleanliness and also seeing the shops, many places will have small or very old (and run-down) […]

The One about San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee – Chocolate Almond OneCup

I’ve blogged about San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee several times before. With their Dark Chocolate Bar and their famous Fog Chaser, this time I am trying their Chocolate Almond.  And I always mention first, for those who never have read my coffee reviews, I don’t drink things straight, I need my sugar free creamer and I’m good to go. San Francisco Bay Gourmet has done a wonderful job with their […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: My Little Lover’s “PRESENTS”

The album I am featuring in today’s “Discovering Japanese Music” is My Little Lover’s second album, “PRESENTS”. My Little Lover is a group that began back in 1995 with vocalist Akko, guitarist Kenji Fuji and producer/songwriter Takeshi Kobayashi (best known for producing hits for The Southern All Stars and Mr. Children). Bursting into the music scene with several hits with “Man & Woman/My Painting”, “Hello, Again ~Mukashi Kara Aru Basho~” […]

The One about Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku

Naturally, as one would expect from Japan, there is a lot of love for Sanrio. From Hello Kitty to Gudetama,  a plethora of characters that have plenty of merchandise that many fans clamor for and deeply love. A character that may not be as known outside of Japan has a cafe. Known as Pompompurin, a golden retriever dog which Sanrio introduced in 1996, this cute dog lives in a basket […]

The One about the Upcoming Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2017

For those who will be in Tokyo during Halloween, the Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2017 has been announced. The parade will be held in Omotesando on Sunday, October 29th (Parade is usually at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m – But please visit the site for more info., as it will be updated with more info.) Sign ups are usually in front of the RLL Ralph Lauren store but that […]

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Talim (No. 18) Update (September 15, 2017)

September 15, 2017   The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim (Typhoon Number 18) has shifted direction to the northeast and is expected to make landfall over southern Kyushu sometime overnight from September 16 to early September 17, 2017, and then continue over Kyushu, western Honshu and Hokkaido over the following days with decreasing intensity. Expect the possibility of extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy […]