Monthly Archives: October 2015

Photos of Japan: Nijo Castle, Kyoto

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Nijo Castle stands in the centre of Kyoto, the beating heart of old Japan as Tokyo is of the new. It’s most famous, perhaps, for its nightingale floors, which squeak as you walk on them, making sneak attacks and assassins … Continue reading

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Too far, Japan? A remote control for your toilet

As the headline would indicate, my hotel room’s toilet comes with a remote control… Not sure under what exact circumstances, other than as a practical joke, you would need to activate its bidet function from so far away that you … Continue reading

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Humour – offensive, tasteless – and funny

The original reddit ‘try not to laugh’ video…it’s in poor taste, often offensive…and funny:

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The power of introverts

Susan Cain with one of my favourite TED Talks of all time – on the power of introverts.

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Japanese hip hop is….often very Japanese….

Some good, some not so much, some very….eeeeee? Here are a few of the Japanese hip hop artists I’ve discovered over the last couple of months. Make up your own mind on them (although I like the music in the … Continue reading

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In Japan, you can win first prize for building the crappiest robot ever

Welcome to HEBOCON, the world’s worst robot competition. OK, the title shows the incredible importance of word stress. The competition, if you can even call it that, is anything but bad. It’s great. The robots….let’s just say, not so much. … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Mount Takao Nature and Views

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The final batch of pictures from a recent climb of Mount Takao on the outskirts of Tokyo. This time of the nature and great views from the top of the mountain.

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