Akio Wannabe-San

Muji In Japan

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 I think one can find a Muji store in Japan quite easily as their flagship store must be in Japan since they originated in japan ?  It is like your friendly , neighborhood grocery store with clothing and whatever else you may need in your home .  It is a pretty neat concept and I do like Muji very much when they first opened its door in Asia.

Everything of Muji seems to be functional and affordable.  But most importantly , Muji is spacious !  and you and I know how much rent is in Tokyo or anywhere in Japan .  So they must have some kind of right concept as it is known that Muji always knows what their customers want.

And people who’ve shopped at Muji becomes some very loyal customers and those who don’t even shop regularly , goes to Muji from basics to apparel and then some food as well.

Rabbit Cafe In Tokyo

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So my daughter was reading a e – book from an American writer who married a Japanese that I had downloaded on my ipad.  And she saw that there are several rabbit cafe in Japan and she said she had to visits these rabbit cafes .    So I guess , we might just get a trip to Japan soon?

As you all know , in Japan, the apartments are pretty small and in order to have a pet, you have to pay a lot of extra rent and deposits , that are pretty much not refundable. So for those who cannot raise a pet , they go to these pet cafes around Tokyo and different parts of Japan.  And as far as I am concern there are several rabbit cafes and lot of cat cafes.

 Open from noon till about 7pm  – 9pm , Japanese can visit for an hour or more if they so choose to.  As far as I know , you don’t have to pay to pet the pets but you have to order their food as well as feed the pets with food provided by them but you have to pay for them.

While some people might thing that there are more female pet lovers , you will be surprised to know that a lot of males loved to go to these pet cafes too.  Not only the young loves these pet cafes from what I’ve read thus far but the older people also loved to frequent this pet cafes.  Average time spent with the pets are like 30 minutes and some places has a cover charge of 1100 Yen to 1300 Yen on the weekends.

And if you want to take pictures with the pets , you will have to pay like 500 extra Yen.  But drinks are absolutely free from coffee , tea and pop as well.

Hiroshima Lantern Festival In Japan

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The Hiroshima Lantern Festival is held on the 6 of August annually and even though businesses are still open for business, a lot of people are gathered at the Peace Park to think about what happened and also to pray for lost ones as well as thinking of ways how to end nuclear war , suffering and differences between countries.

There is a memorial service and everyone is welcome to attend and lighting of paper lantern with special wishes written on them and then released into the waters.  The festival is a somber event and usually the political party give speeches and talk about the past event and the future.

Street Performance In Japan

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Street performances in Japan is a common sight and I’ve written a lot about it in my many years that I’ve been in Japan.  The talented Japanese guys and girls spare not change when it comes to buying their musical instruments and costume for their performances.  My nephew who lives in Japan had asked me to bring a  pro bass box  for him this summer when I am on vacation in Japan and although my sister isn’t so keen in him performing on the street, I feel that it’s a really cool thing to do and experience.   I say go for it just as long as he isn’t doing drugs or drinking alcohol or fighting on the streets.

Goya Burger In Okinawa

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If you are in Okinawa, don’t forget to try this bitter melon burger, you will be quite surprise at its taste because i myself, do not like bitter melon that much but I must say for $3.00 it wasn’t a bad burger at all.  Of course, one has to have some goya rings too – at $2.50 a pop, why not?

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Menu from one of the fast food restaurant where you can get your Goya fix (bitter melon).

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Store front of one of the goya burger fast food store.

Maid Cafes In Japan

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Maid cafes are quite the thing to do when you visit Japan, but it is not only for the tourists, they are for the locals as well.  Most people who comes to the Maid cafes in Japan only do it for the experience but some are into cos-play and others well, just wants to look at the pretty and young girls there.

Maid cafes are themed cafes obviously and there are so many sprouting in every corner in Japan especially bigger cities like Tokyo.  You are usually not allowed to film inside the cafes or take photos but there are some who would let you take a picture of them for a few hundred yens.

 There are of course different maid cafes around Japan , and all of them do have food involved as well as drinks.  They also dance for you and before you can partake your food, you need to do some singing or dancing or both from what I know.  I don’t know if they are popular for the older folks but for the younger folks ,  both men and women , they seems to have been quite taken by all the cos-play and the cutesyness of the dress up and cos- play.

Oh btw, maid cafes are not hostess hereby they drink with you and you can neither touch them.  This isn’t a prostitution ring , no naughty business here, so cheeky old men out there, you can do away with the idea, if you think it is this kinda establishment.

Now the tricky part of one’s experience with the maid cafes are that there is a table charge plus whatever you order during your 1 hr stay at the cafe.  If you intend to stay longer, you will be charge another table charge , so the turnover of the tables are fairly quick.  You cannot hang around the cafes and not pay for the table charge.

Old Edo Town Kawagoe

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I was there only once and I still remember it vividly because it made us feel like we were in the old Shogun days.  All the building in this old town is pretty much preserved like we do here as a heritage building.  And transport used is mainly the bicycle.  One can get to the old edo town by train and it takes about 30 minutes from Tokyo.

There are gifts store a museum, candy store and craft stores and one must look at getting a good knife while you are there.  There are also a couple of temples you might want to check out and one can easily spend the entire day at this old town just walking and exploring.  Let it be known that this little town is quite the tourist attraction.

Namba Parks Osaka

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When a friend told me that we were going to Namba Parks when we were in Osaka, I thought we were going to see some park , like in flowers and such but nope, it is more like a mall than a park but they do have a lot of amusement park like stuff in Namba Parks that one can enjoy while you are there and a roof top garden that one can go relax.

Namba Parks is pretty new and one of their anchor store is Takashimaya.  There are plenty of food outlet there as well as a Starbucks for those who need their western coffee fix.

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The rooftop garden during night.

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more lights – spectacular.

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The Namba Parks is like a mall within a city itself.  You have to visit if you are in Osaka.

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