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Sengakuji Temple and the 47 Ronin

Doing a post on the Sengakuji Temple and the story of the 47 Ronin almost feels dangerous. Everyone has an opinion on the tale, what Bushido means, and what is honorable. I’m just going to try to summarize the story and tell you about my visit to the temple; you can make judgments on your own. Deal? Good.

In the year 1701, by the Western calendar, several daimyo, or feudal lords, were asked to take part in a reception for the Emperor in Edo. One of these daimyo was Asano Takumi-no-Kami …

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, located in the Shinjuku ward, is one of the most easily recognizable buildings in Tokyo. The first time I saw it was outside my hotel window while staying across the street at the Keio Plaza Hotel on my first trip to Japan. I’ve since seen it innumerable times in different anime and it makes a brief appearance on the episode of The Simpsons where the family takes a vacation to Tokyo. The building is essentially Tokyo City Hall and houses the offices that govern all 23 wards, towns, and villages, that make up greater Tokyo.

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Shinjuku Fruit Stand

So this will be kind of an odd post, normally I would have the name, location, hours, etc of the places I write So this will be kind of an odd post, normally I would have the name, location, hours, etc of the places I write about, but in this case it’s just the location and a suggestion to go get some great fruit.

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Freshness Burger

Exploring the streets of Tokyo is going to make you hungry, and you’ll have plenty of options to sate that hunger. If you’re looking to take a break from Japanese fare you might want to try a Japanese take on the western burger joint. I’m talking about Freshness Burger.

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Japanese Whalers vs Environmentalists

I caught a clip of some Japanese Whaling ships being rammed by environmentalists while watching the BBC News the other day and decided to try and round up the clip. This isn’t the first time that these confrontations have happened and they most certainly will not be the last. Essentially the Japanese use research vessels that go out and catch a little less than a thousand whales a year for research, however, the meat normally ends up in restaurants around Japan after the research is complete, which doesn’t sit well …

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Sushi Bar Camera Ride

This a fantastic video made by Dennis Wheatley and Stefan McClean.
They were sitting in this sushi bar pondering how best to set up a camera to film things all by itself whilst they were in Tokyo and decided to… “let the camera have its own journey.”

This video is beautiful in its simplicity and I think does what we all try to do when we have a camera in our hands, capture a moment we experienced so that others may experience it with us. Great stuff.
Many thanks to my buddy Luke …