The One about the Butt-Sniffing Statues/Benches at Shiodome

If you go to Shiodome, near the NTV Buildings and right next to Taco Bell are these polka dot statues/benches which appear to be sniffing each other’s butt. In Japan, you may run into the weirdest things but these statues/benches usually is a polarizing site for foreigners who see it for the first time. For the unsuspecting visitor, they may be thinking this is a statue that belongs to Taco […]

The One about Shiodome

In the Minato Ward, an area was redeveloped and opened in 2002 and would be known as Shiodome (pronounced as she-yo-do-may), a name which translates to “halt the tides”. The location which is the headquarters for Nippon Television and home to many cafe, restaurants and stores attract thousands of visitors each day. Not bad for an area that was once a tidal marshland used to separate the Imperial Palace from […]

The One about Japan Dining M (Hokkaido Yoshoku Bar) at Shiodome

If you are looking for a family restaurant that sells Japanese comfort food for great prices, is not always easy to find. But at Shiodome, Japan Dining M (or better known now as Hokkaido Yoshoku Bar) not only offers great prices for their dishes but unlike other restaurants in Japan, it’s all you can drink and self-serve for beverages. I decided to order the omurice with beef and suffice to […]

The One about the NTV Shop at Shiodome

In Tokyo’s Minato Ward, Shiodome is one of Japan’s most modern and savvy areas. The area is the headquarters for many of Japan’s major corporations such as All Nippon Airways, Fujitsu, Sega Sammy Holdings, Softbank, to name a few.  But the location is also a hub for concert performances and TV appearances thanks to the location being the headquarters of NTV (Nippon Television). And right next to the NTV headquarters […]

The One about Taco Bell Japan

In 2015, Taco Bell opened its first restaurant in Shibuya. The opening of the restaurant brought hundreds of people and many lined up to get a taste of the popular American brand, which originally had opened in Japan back in the ’80s. At the time, when PepsiCo owned the Japan locations, sales were low but with Japan, especially Tokyo, having opened itself to many western and European brands, Taco Bell’s […]

The One about Tokyo City View Observation Deck in Roppongi

Located at one of the largest buildings in the world, the popular 54-story Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Minato, which was established in 2003 by builder Minoru Mori is know for its office space. But also located in this skyscraper is the Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor and on the 52nd and 54th floor are two observation decks. Of the large buildings in Tokyo with the best view, […]

The One about Ueshima Coffee Company

Located in Minato Ward and other locations is the Ueshima Coffee Company (UCC), a cafe that was first created in 1933 in Kobe. The owner of the Kona coffee farm in Hawaii, the company was formerly known as Ueshima Tadao Shoten in 1933 and then later as Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd.  The company is quite famous in Japan as it is the company that released the world’s first canned coffee. […]

The One about the Jizo Statues of Zojoji Temple

I have written about Zojoji Temple in the  past, but one thing I have not written about is the Jizo Statues. If you are planning to visit Tokyo Tower, across the street is Zojoji (or Zojo-ji) Temple and to the right of it are Jizo statues, child statues that are clothed and decorated.  But they also represent the souls of unborn children.  Those who died before birth, as well as […]