Tokyo street photography brings electric dreams alive

I recently came across the work of Jun Yamamoto on social media and I was astounded how his street photography had captured Tokyo in a way that I had only imagined in my dreams. Crowds, neon lights, tall buildings, hustle, energy, electricity, modernity mixed with ages of the Shogun, it was all visible in his…

Will Japan run out of beer during the Rugby World Cup?

Don’t panic and keep calm. It could be the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans, however organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised concerns that bars and restaurants in host cities could potentially run out of beer during the tournament. It’s a valid concern, as I know the Bok fans drank Villa Park dry…

Where are the fanzones in the Japan Rugby World Cup?

When I am on my travels in Japan and I haven’t got a ticket for a particular match…then one place I intend to head to and soak up the atmosphere is the Fanzones. Having experienced fanzones in England and France, I’m looking forward to seeing what Japan has to offer. No ticket for a match?…

5 things to do in Tokyo

Over Christmas I spent some time planning my trip to Tokyo and decided it would be great to share with you my top 5 things to do in Tokyo, and invite you to share with me some essential visitor attractions that didn’t make my shortlist.  1 – Sensō-ji temple I love meditation, so one of the…

Christmas in Japan

The holiday season in Japan seems to be celebrated the exact opposite way as it is in western countries. Did you know Christmas Eve in Japan is the most romantic day of the year. It’s the Japanese version of Valentine’s Day. Reading up on the topic, it seems Japanese couples, especially the youngest, book dinners at…

Kobe Kobelco Steelers win the Top League Final

Congratulations to Kobe Kobelco Steelers who have won the Top League final in Japan. Suntory Sungoliath were thumped 55-5 by Dan Carter’s Steelers at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. It certainly had a battle of champs about the match, as Carter lined up opposite old foe Matt Giteau at 10, in what looked like…

Japanese pod hotels

Tickets now booked – TICK Fearless flyer course – booking shortly…. Accommodation – ……looks like a pod hotel! Tokyo is one of the worlds most expensive cities to live in or visit, so for my trip to the RWC2019 I’m weighing up three types of accommodation for best value mixed with enjoying the culture. Airbnb…

Disabled travel in Japan

As someone who has diabetes, arthritis and a kidney transplant, long distance travel is something I worry about.  I’m worried on so many levels, from carrying the correct medication, what happens if something happens, where is the nearest consultant, how will I cope with a arthritis flare abroad on my own, stress affecting my kidney…

The Brighton Miracle

In lives in the memories of every rugby fan who watched the match or saw the highlights, now the epic match between Japan and South Africa in the 2015 World Cup is set to be made into a film. Temuera Morrison is set to play Eddie Jones, the Aussie coach who was in charge of…

Ren and G are set to welcome me in Japan

Every major sporting event has to have a mascot, with football possibly being the most recognisable, however rugby is hitting back with the launch of Ren and G for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Even though I wasn’t born in 1966, I’m very familiar with the iconic World Cup Willie, the 12th man for the …

Tatsuya Tanaka Builds Tiny Worlds in his Daily Miniature Calendar Photo Project

Since April 2011, Japan based art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka’s imagination has built a magnificent number of miniature worlds. Through the artist’s clever lens, everyday activities like construction work, walking the dog, getting a parking ticket, and plowing through a blizzard become delight-inducing scenarios. Tanaka also plays with pop culture references, building staple skyscrapers…

Could Roberts be Japan bound?

Wales and Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts is considering a move to Japan at the end of the season. As a Quins fan, I’ve loved seeing Roberts play, however felt his impact has been somewhat limited in the current structure. With John Kingston looking reluctant to resign a player at the age of 31, Roberts possible move to…

Dreams can come true

Sometimes you need to dream. Sometimes you experience something that totally lifts the heart and mind to another level. Sometimes…just sometimes…you just wish you could drop everything and chase that burning desire in your heart. Koji Tokumasu knows exactly what it means. However unlike most people he fully acted on his dreams and followed them…

Pepsi Christmas Cola and KFC…the perfect Japanese Christmas

As the holiday season upon us, Pepsi is looking to cash in with some limited edition beverages. Those in Japan can look forward to a new cake-flavored soda with the “Christmas Cola.” In Japan, Christmas is often celebrated with cake, traditionally covered with whipped cream and filled with strawberries. Pepsi in turned used this as…

Sumo – a sport of giants

Sumo is a sport that has fascinated me since being a small child. Imagine watching two giant men, walk into a temple-esque arena, square each other up, prepare and pray for victory, then face each other only centimetres apart. Once knuckles have touched the ground, they launch themselves at each other with such great force…