Photos of Japan: Daikoku Futo

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Daikoku. Even for a guy who’s not that into cars, the place is incredible. What is it? Well, Daikoku Futo PA, to give it its full name, is basically a parking lot on a tiny island just off of Yokohama. … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Nikko – Eerie, headless Buddhas and the rest

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Walking around the outskirts of the main temple complex at Nikko took me on a nice path up through a bit of forest, to a tiny temple. Strangely enough, their heads had been removed or dropped off. Instead, stones balanced … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Nikko – Kegon Waterfall

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Another round of photos from a recent trip to Nikko. This time of the almost 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall.

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Photos of Japan: Nikko – Temple details

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A few more pictures from my recent trip to Nikko. The temples are known for their elaborate, colourful carvings, including the very famous three monkeys. Here are a few of them.

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Photos of Japan: Nikko – Temples and Nature

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One of the things that has often struck me about Japanese temples and shrines is how they seem to interact with the nature around them in a way that the churches I know from Europe do not. This is something … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Robot Restaurant

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Well, my first visit to Robot Restaurant didn’t disappoint. Bonkers Tokyo at about its best. Hard to really explain, so I’ll let the pictures talk for me 🙂

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I do love Japan’s crappiest robots!

HEBOCON!

Sounds like something a character from Street Fighter might scream while performing their special move, but it is actually the name of what has to be my favourite Japanese robot competition.

The name of the game is to build the absolutely crappiest robot imaginable out of…well…just about anything, really, and then let them duke it out, sumo style.

A quick list of contestants in the video below might give you an idea of what to expect. We’ve got a thing that shakes soup mix, a tape recorder…which apparently loves recording to sound of its foes’ anguished screams, a piece of paper on two wheels, a cup of noodles – and six-dildoed contraption. Confused? Me too – in a very, very good way 🙂

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Japanese history summarised in nine minutes – or about hundred hours and counting

Bill Wurtz’ YouTube history of Japan has been making the rounds lately, and I have to admit that I really, really, really like it.

Here it is in all of its nine minute glory:

If the video wets your appetite, I can not say enough good things about Isaac Meyers’ fantastic History of Japan podcast series.

I’m an avid listener and can warmly recommend the both funny, well-told and enlightening series that’s currently at 134 episodes and counting.

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Photos of Japan: Nara buildings and statues

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A few pictures of temples and statues from a recent trip to Nara.

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Photos of Japan: The Nara deer

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A trip to Nara just wouldn’t be complete without loads of photos of the deer that just about couldn’t care less about the millions of tourists that stream through Nara Park every years. Unless they have food. Or look like … Continue reading

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