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Getting a Phone in Japan-The Solution

A Japanese Phone Number- How Hard Can That Be! Complicated, Tricky, Downright Unfair. As a resident of Japan I am thankful to my host country for accommodating me. I don’t intend to live here forever but I do wish to lead a relatively normal life. For that my needs are simple; food, accommodation and a …

Tashirojima: The Island for Cat People

Tashirojima in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan is the place to visit if you prefer cats over humans. Each year thousands of tourists flock to this small island to visit the feral cats which are thought to be a symbol of good luck and good fortune by locals. This is especially the case if the cats are …

Plastic Food & Flying Pans!

Plastic Food is Yummy -said nobody ever. Plastic Food is Fantastic but watch out for flying pans -Mobal Blogger, Tokyo. Nutrient-Free Plastic Food Many a tourist in Japan has been saved by the Japanese phenomenon that is plastic food.  Not necessarily by its nutritional value but more by the fact that the plastic food is …

What is Tokyo? Ver. 2017

What is Tokyo? Tokyo is the ultimate in urbanisation. As the capital of Japan in a country dominated by mountains (73% of Japan is mountainous) you would expect an accumulation of people in Japan’s capital. Despite being the largest city in the world with an estimated population of over 37 million people however Tokyo still …

The Winner of our Hyper Japan Prize Draw Revealed!

Hyper Japan Expo

First of all, we would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to have a chat with us last weekend at the Hyper Japan Festival 2017. It was great to meet you and we would also like to thank those of you who entered into our Prize Draw to win …

Tsukishima Tokyo: A Japanese Pizza Experience!

A Visit to Tsukishima (Moon-Island) Less well-known than its nearby neighbour  of Tsukiji (home to Tokyo’s bustling fish market) is the island of Tsukishima in the centre of Tokyo Bay. Now accessible by underground the area was reclaimed from the sea in the 1890’s and can now claim to be the home to one of …

Hyper Japan: UK’s biggest and best J-culture event

japan scene

Hyper Japan is the UK’s biggest and best J-culture event, celebrating all aspects of contemporary Japanese culture, from fashion to food, from crafts to cosplay! There are plenty of stalls offering visitors a glimpse into the fascinating cultural traditions along with modern, cutting-edge innovations. If you are interested to learn more about Japan through literature, …

Shiki-shima sleeper train

shika-shima train

(Image courtesy of JAPAN—Where tradition meets the future. This was the campaign slogan used by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in 2016, and there cannot be a more accurate description of this country. When we think of Japan, we think of the bustling cacophony of flashing lights, noise, and bodies that is Shinjuku …

Preparing for Hurricane Season

hurricane season

The 2017 hurricane season has officially begun, and while most of us are probably guilty of waiting until the last minute to prepare for inclement weather, experts agree that individuals and families should always be ready, no matter what time of year it is. Having a plan in place before severe weather strikes will make …

Made in Japan: The Souvenir Tour

Consumer Paradise- Shopping for Japanese Souvenirs Japan is a paradise for consumers. Lots and lots of choice- and odd choice to boot. Let’s explore some of the many trinkets and shiny things which capture the visitor’s attention and subtly remind you that you’re going to need your smartphone in full fettle to capture the many …


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