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January 8, 2013 |
Hashima Island in Skyfall

Choosing a travel experience based on James Bond movies is not an inconceivable idea. Many die-hard fans have made the trip to Koh Phi Phi island in Thailand (The Man with the Golden Gun), stayed at the Hotel Danieli in Venice (Moonraker) and visited  Villa del Balbianello on the shores of Lake Como where Bond recovered [...]

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Travel

March 21, 2011 |
Tokyo Tribute: The Gentleman from Asakusa

For the first time visitor to Tokyo, the experience can be a little daunting. The city moves at a frenetic pace, overcrowding can induce a sense of claustrophobia, and Japanese signs without translation can make a foreigner feel like a lab rat trying to navigate their way out of the JR subway maze. Little wonder [...]

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Travel

August 20, 2010 |
Manhole Covers: Japanese and Australian Translations

In Japan, they have manhole covers as street art. This one was photographed one evening on the way to dinner at Amataro, when our Tokyo friends pointed down to our feet and yelled out, “Manhoru no Futa!” (manhole cover) We learnt that they come in a variety of designs and colours, depicting localities, utility type [...]

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Travel

August 9, 2010 |
Shinagawa Prince Hotel: A Room in Tokyo

Finding hotel accommodation in Tokyo that meets a traveller’s requirements and budget can be a challenge. Tales of ‘shoe box’ sized hotel rooms abound along with soaring costs in what is considered as one of the world’s expensive cities. Our friends in Tokyo booked a hotel for us close to their apartment. But when last [...]

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Drinks, Travel

June 28, 2010 |
Meet Your Japanese Barman: Asahi Beer Robot

It’s not every day that you get an invitation for a cold beer in a Japanese home. So when friends in Tokyo invited us for a couple of ales before dinner, little did we know who would be serving us. Meet Robo-san*, the Asahi Beer Robot. So cute, you’ll be tempted to pat him on [...]

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Travel

June 1, 2010 |
The Spider at Roppongi Hills

If you’ve been to Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, you would have encountered the gigantic spider in Roku Roku Plaza. The ten metre bronze sculpture called Maman is the work of French artist Louise Bourgeois who passed away yesterday at age 98. Roppongi Hills is a large modern complex combining elegant shops, designer boutiques, trendy cafés, [...]

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