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My trip to Japan is only days away

It is not long before I go now, less than three days. My trip to Japan is only days away. Now I just need to get packed, print all my tickets and not miss my flight. I have never missed a flight before so I don’t think that will be a problem. Now I probably jinxed it.

Shibuya Crossing on a trip to Japan

Shibuya Crossing. World’s most busiest intersection.

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I visited the Warrior Celt in Ueno, Tokyo several times in March 2014.

Trains in Tokyo don’t run at night. If you are out drinking and miss your last train home you can take a taxi if you live close, or find another place to sleep.

A capsule hotel is one solution. Another is to find a bar which allows their patrons to sleep at the table.

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Lorelei, a German bar in Tokyo

I visited Lorelei, a German bar in Tokyo, both in October 2012 and March 2014.

There is a wonderful German bar in Tokyo called Lorelei. You can find it in a basement in Ginza. It can be quite tricky to find, but offers a great experience. In lies in the west of Ginza, between the Yamanote line and Taimei Elementary school, on the way from Ginza towards Tokyo Station. It is in a basement, the entrance right next to a tobacco store. We found it by chance on my first trip to Japan, I have had to look for it on later visits.

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Traveltorgeir

June 27, 2015

The most famous Japanese food is probably sushi. Japan has so many other great dishes to offer, but for now sushi seems to be most popular. A lot of the sushi we are served in the west is not proper sushi though, it has been Westernised for our palate, most of it coming out of California.

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Book Review: Tokyo Underworld

Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
By Robert Whiting

I read Tokyo Underworld by Robert Whiting in June 2015

Tokyo Underworld tells the strange and interesting story about Nick Zappetti, a native New Yorker who moved to Japan as part of the invasion forces after the Second World War. Working his way up the criminal ladder, in time he became known as ‘the Mafia boss of Tokyo’.

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Trainspotting in Tokyo

I went trainspotting in Tokyo in March 2014.

I got off my train at Ueno Station, took the escalator down from the platform, headed for the main hall in search for an exit. I was on my way to meet some Japanese friends of mine.

I noticed the main hall was a lot more crowded than usual. There is always a lot of people in Tokyo, everywhere, all the time, but now there was even more people than usual in Ueno Station. There were even a few TV-crews there as well, and everybody was heading toward a specific platform.

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Lost in Translation: Japanese signs

Making signs in a language you are not comfortable with is not always easy. Even google translate can fail sometimes, and the results can be hilarious. Finding funny signs in Japan is not difficult at all. Some are clearly mistranslations, others have a hidden meaning somewhere in there. Here are some Japanese Signs I have found on my travels.
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