Category Archives: Tokyo Thursday

Farmer’s market at UNU

Day 19 of NaBloPoMo and continuing with a regular feature “Tokyo Thursday”.

On a recent trip to Tokyo to get my hair done in Toni & Guy, Aoyama branch, I had the most wonderful walk through Shibuya. So much to discover on even a short walk through Tokyo Streets. My most alarming find was the UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY. UNU! I had absolutely no idea such a place existed, least of all in the modern Aoyama region of Shibuya. When I got home, I was even more delighted when my research revealed that a farmer’s market is held there EVERY weekend.

United Nations University in Tokyo
United Nations University in Tokyo

Approximately 70 stalls, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the United Nations University in Shibuya, 3 minute walk from the B2 exit of Omotesando underground. Phone: 03-5459-4934. URL: On Facebook:



There are some great WORDPRESS blog posts in English about the market, with fantastic photos to boot:

There are quite a few posts and details on Stephanie’s blog, however, do note they are from 3 or 4 years ago.

Here’s a more recent post, in English:

ANd some other blogs and web posts:

PR Campaign on Tokyo Toilet Paper

A quick post from me today, for post #12 of NaBloPoMo on Tokyo Thursday.

Recently when I was in Tokyo, I used the public facilities. Much to my entertainment I discovered that the toilet paper had a message on it. At first, I thought it was an appeal for people to stop stepping on the toilet paper, but on reading the Japanese I was startled, if not a little impressed, that it is actually an appeal for people to stop using their smart phones while walking in the street.

Only in Japan, but I wish this one would be promoted elsewhere too!
Smart phone message on toilet paper

Tokyo Commuter passes

I’m trying out a little feature on my blog, called Tokyo Thursday. As you might guess from the title, I will share something from Tokyo on this day. Timed nicely for my best friend’s sato-gaeri (return visit) to Japan in the coming months.   In case you missed it, last week’s Tokyo Thursday shared information on FREE tourist buses in Tokyo.

I am also using this feature to explore ways of showing Google+ content. As you may or may not know, I am an official Google Local Guide, Level 4 (that’s the top one, yeah me), and I share information with communities on Google+. Recently, I have been using Google Collections, which came out earlier this year, to share online information. Which brings me to this week’s post…

Commuter Passes for Tokyo. There are so many of them, it’s hard not to get confused. I have tried to share some of the more valuable and useful ones on the Google collection shared below. I am also copying in each post, below the collection link, if you’d prefer to read them here rather than on Google+.  🙂 Happy commuting!

Free Shuttle Buses in Tokyo

I want to share one of Tokyo’s secrets: there are a number of free loop shuttle buses in popular tourist areas of Tokyo. And despite the number of English speaking tourists, expats, residents and interested parties, there’s little, if any, English sources online of the routes the buses take. So I compiled one!

In the Google Plus Collection added, you will find route information on four of the free shuttle buses that operate in Tokyo; Marunouchi, Nihonbashi, Tokyo Bay and Asakusa shuttles.  I have also copied in each Google+ post individually below the link.

Bookmark for your big visit to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and/or the 2020 Olympics. 🙂