October 28, 2009

5 Tips when you travel to Tokyo for the first time

Spotted these 5 tips on gotsaga.com that were not too bad. I'm leaving for Tokyo in a few days and might post a few tips of my own!!!

October 13, 2009

Flea Markets in Japan

A great tip from Steve Nagata:
Flea Markets are becoming quite popular in Japan. In Akihabara, the Mottainai Flea market takes place about once a month outside the UDX building near Akiba station.
Here you can find anything from used clothing to Gun-pura to old computers to figures. Sometimes the prices are kind of high, but usually things are reasonable.
I found more information on this website:
Charity MOTTAINAI fleamarkets, a part of the MOTTAINAI Campaign which is set into motion by Prof. Wangari Maathai who is an environmentalist and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, focuse on recycling. Bring your old clothes, books, DVDs or videos which you no longer want, or used frying oil to MOTTAINAI station at the fleamarket site, they will recycle them!
The major sightseeing spot Akihabara has MOTTAINAI Flea market during"Golden Week"* holidays. Apprx 100 venders. Enjoy the market as well as shopping in the electronics quarter. *Consecutive holidays for nearly 10 days from the end of the Apr to the beginning of May.
Might be interesting to visit!

October 12, 2009

53 ways to explore Tokyo on foot

While preparing our trip to Tokyo, I found this resource.


I'm sure I'll try one or two of these routes if the weather is not too bad (or cold).

(Photo under creative commons from jamesjustin's photostream)

October 11, 2009

Japan Spring 2009

Wauw, I'm a bit ashamed of not putting any updates on this blog. This is going to change!

First of all, I finally managed to put all my pictures online of the trip. I put some descriptions in the titels but no details yet. Have a look at the 564 photos I uploaded. I hope to publish more detailed stories about our journey.

So I passed my first year of にほんご and I started my second year. In three weeks, I will be revisiting Tokyo and this time explore this city for a full 10 days!! So expect more news and pictures!!!