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Five years ago when I wrote about the unusual “only in Japan” places you could meet Santa, there were really only three. One of which was the “Find Santa” event in Tokorozawa. That event thankfully still exists, but since then dozens of other unique Santa events have emerged. Once uponRead More →

Santa Tochigi

Santa Tochigi – I have saved the best for last! Tochigi, specifically Nasu, is my personal favourite place to visit Santa. There is a lovely Christmas atmosphere in the area with lots of Christmas and Santa decorations. Santa Tochigi 🎅Toysrus Sano Santa Claus visits the Toysrus in Sano on DecemberRead More →

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Santa Ibaraki – Places you can visit Santa Claus in Ibaraki in Winter 2017. Unfortunately, some places already had Santa visit earlier in December, such as Toysrus in Mito. As published at the end of November on this blog; he also visited the Premium Outlets in Ami on the 10th. Read More →

I was living in the Kawagoe area many years before I stumbled upon a curious little shop off the beaten track, which has intrigued and enthralled me ever since. The name of the shop is as ambiguous as the products and services they offer. The kanji over the door 浪漫 canRead More →

Santa Train – Mooka Railway offer an incredible and very seasonal journey on a Steam Locomotive (SL) Train between the prefectures of Ibaraki and Tochigi.  For many of us, a steam train is an important part of our Christmas decorations, with prime position chugging around the base of the ChristmasRead More →

Regular Monday feature for the month of NABLOPOMO, introducing the manhole cover art of the Greater Tokyo area of Saitama and beyond. MT TAKAO, TOKYO Even at 599 metres there are manhole covers! I couldn’t find a coloured one, but the steel one is quite nice regardless. KAWAGOE Manhole MondayRead More →

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 toRead More →

Continuing the weekly Monday theme of manholes, with a few street pictures thrown in. This past week I was in Saitama, Tokyo and Kanagawa. In photos: SAITAMA Fujimi       Higashimatsuyama   TOKYO Nerima Chiyoda       Shibuya       KANAGAWA Yokohama         TuneRead More →

This August for 9 days from the 8th to the 16th there is a special Takara Tomica event being held at Pacifico Yokohama. Not only can you see how the factory operates, but the kids can make cars and play with plarail. Cost: Tickets bought in advance cost 900 yen forRead More →

Today is White Day in Japan; Valentine’s day for girls. My daughters got a really lovely present with a REALLY unfortunate name.  These delightful character chocolates and macaroons come to you from the Royal Gastro Club.  Where I’m from gastro is short for gastroenteritis, which is basically the stomach flu!Read More →