Category Archives: Japan

Sleep together in Tokyo

There’s nothing like a lonely bed to remind you just how bad your life sucks. But Tokyo has it covered. Japan’s capital has taken the maid and butler café culture to the next level with Soine-ya, a “sleep together shop” allowing male customers to sleep next to a girl for a fee.

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The shop insists it’s not what you think — Soine-ya enforces a strict code of conduct to prohibit any sexual requests.

Minimum charge is ¥3,000 (US$32) for 20 minutes. Extra services are available, such as staring at each other for a minute (¥1,000) and stroking the girl’s hair for three minutes (¥1,000).

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There’s also a female-oriented version, Soine Prime offers (non-sexual) time with boys for heartbroken women.

You find the Sleep Together Shop here:
Soine-ya, 3F, KN Building, 2-11 Akihabara, Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; +81 3 5829 6274;

Japan is back on the tourist map

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2012 surged 34.6 per cent from the previous year as the tourism sector rebounded after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, the government said this month.

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Overseas arrivals totaled more than 8.3 million, just short of the record 8.6 million seen in 2010, the Japan National Tourism Organisation said.

Human beehive in Kyoto

The Nine Hours capsule inn provides the ultimate solution for a city where space is at a premium; a hotel room that is, literally, a capsule. While the inn provides a public lounge space, including bathrooms, guests stay in a reinforced plastic capsule unit, which have all the usual amenities, such as TV, radio, lighting, and alarm clock access.

Rate: ¥4,900 (US$64) per night

Nine hours hotel, Kyoto teramachi 588 Teianmaeno-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City; +81 075 353 9005; 9hours.jp

Halloween in Japan

The Japanese are true masters when it comes to street fashion. During the Halloween weekend we went out  to capture some of the outfits that decorate shopping malls and subway stations.  When we dress up we usually go to a party but the Japanese dress up for Sunday shopping with friends. It is truly an inspiration to watch these very brave girls and boys as they with great confidence walk around the streets in their home-styled outfits.

Halloween street fashion

Halloween street fashion

These girls were standing and waiting for a green light at a street crossing. They are just out and about on a Sunday.

Crazy Japanese Halloween street fashion

Crazy Japanese Halloween street fashion

We caught these two girls walking around in a shopping mall handing out Halloween sweets.

Halloween costumes in Nagoya Japan

Halloween costumes in Nagoya Japan

A group of young girls heading for one of the large shopping malls in Nagoya.

Free flights to Japan

To kick-start tourismen Japan is proposing to give away 10.000 free flights. Potential visitors will be asked to submit an online application for a free flight, specifying which area of the country they would like to visit. Successful applicants will then be asked to write a review of their trip, which will be published on the internet.

The plan is still at the proposal stage, and is subject to government budget approval – but could start by April next year.

Sweet deal!

More on Japan here. 

Japan has been hit by a typhoon

Typhoon Talas, which made landfall on Saturday and is one of the deadliest in recent years, packed gusts of up to 108km/h as it cut across the island of Shikoku and the main island of Honshu.

In Wakayama prefecture, 12 people were killed and 29 were missing. In Nara prefecture’s Totsukawa village, an overflowing river washed away apartments, leaving at least two people dead and seven missing, the local government said. In the Kansai region and elsewhere up to 30,000 people were evacuated, according to the fire and disaster management agency.

Tourists in these areas should head for the nearest emergency evacutation center and notify their national embassy.

Japan Airlines offers free flights for relief workers

If you want to visit Japan and combine this with rescue work, then the time is now to volunteer as Japan Airlines is offering free flights for those involved in rebuilding their country, after the earthquake and tsunami  that hit Japan in march.

Ready to be a radiation tourist?

The move came as a third explosion occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant about 250km north-east of Tokyo on Tuesday, which caused radiation levels to rise in the surrounding area. If you are going you must not be afraid for a taste of radiation. Its a smart move from Japan to offer foreigners to suit up and handle their nuclear leaks. Why risk your own people?

Cherry blossom soon to hit Japan

One of the most popular times to visit Japan is during the Cherry blossom at the end of march.


More pictures here.

Sakura (Cherry blossom) season in Japan is one of the best times to enjoy the gifts Japanese culture has to offer. People in Japan love this time because it is an excuse to eat and drink under the blossoming trees all day!  One of the most beautiful places in Tokyo to watch Sakura is the Imperial Palace gardens. Here is a list of popular spots around Japan.

The Cherry blossom is predicted to occur on the 27th of march in Tokyo and in Kyoto on the following day. On this page you will find more cities and dates for the blossom.

The cherry blossom season is relatively short. Full bloom (mankai) is usually reached within about one week after the opening of the first blossoms (kaika). Another week later, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees. Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter.

Halloween 2010 street fashion in Japan

The Japanese are true masters when it comes to street fashion. During the Halloween weekend we went out  to capture some of the outfits that decorate shopping malls and subway stations.  When we dress up we usually go to a party but the Japanese dress up for Sunday shopping with friends. It is truly an inspiration to watch these very brave girls and boys as they with great confidence walk around the streets in their home-styled outfits.

Halloween street fashion

Halloween street fashion

These girls were standing and waiting for a green light at a street crossing. They are just out and about on a Sunday.

Crazy Japanese Halloween street fashion

Crazy Japanese Halloween street fashion

We caught these two girls walking around in a shopping mall handing out Halloween sweets.

Halloween costumes in Nagoya Japan

Halloween costumes in Nagoya Japan

A group of young girls heading for one of the large shopping malls in Nagoya.

Crazy clown in Nagoya

Crazy clown in Nagoya

We saw this clown outside a fast food restaurant. He just looked so cool in his outfit that we had to share this photo.

The after-party Karaoke

Is it a good idea to go and sing Karaoke after a party that involved food and drinks in great quantities? Well, we sure did think so!

As many know I usually do not drink alcohol, and to emphasize why I do not we post this informative video showing me singing “No Woman No Cry” for all to enjoy. Bob Marley I am truly sorry for killing your song. Annika who shot the video decided that we give it the  title Do Not Drink And Karaoke. Its really enough that you see this video, you do not need to tell your friends.

Karaoke is the number one option when you seek entertainment in Japan. The Karaoke centres are huge and very high-tech. In every room you get a wireless remote for your song selection (all buttons in Japanese) and a huge catalogue with hundreds of songs in both Japanese and English. As you enter you get to choose a drink and you are given a small basket with your room number and microphones. In the room you find instruments free to use. Most videos that are displayed on the multiple screens in the room show Japanese versions of the original music video. When you are in the room make sure to check the time once in a while since it really flies when you are having so much fun.

Mixed pictures from Tokyo

En annan sida av Tokyo

Stadsdelen Asakusa tillhör det gamla Tokyo och det är verkligen en stor kontrast till områden som Shibuya och och Shinjuku där gatorna fylls med neonskyltar och trendiga ungdomar. Det påminner lite om Gamla Stan i Stockholm fast här är det betydligt fler turister.  I Asakusa hittar du mängder med tempel och huvudattraktionen är templet Sensò-ji. Runt om finns det gott om shoppinggator där man kan köpa japanska souvenirer.

Mode för hundar

Något som väldigt populärt här i Japan är att styla sin hund med med moderiktiga kläder och accessoarer. Det finns hur mycket som helst att köpa och intresset är stort hos hundägarna. I stort sett alla hundar vi har sett i Tokyo har på sig jackor, tröjor, skor mm. Även barnvagnar för hundar är väldigt inne och det ser rätt roligt ut när de kommer gående med sin hund i vagnen. Sitter inte hunden i vagnen så blir den buren av husse eller matte.

Harajuku sätter trender

En stadsdel som man inte får missa att besöka när man är i Tokyo är Harajuku. Harajuku är området där de flesta stora modetrenderna börjar. Det vimlar av modeintresserade ungdomar och man kan hitta alla möjliga stilar här. På gatan Takeshita-Dori i Harajuku finns det mängder av butiker som säljer alternativt mode såsom gothic lolita, gyaru, punk, rockabilly mm. På helgerna, speciellt söndagar, samlas ungdomar för att visa upp sina senaste kreationer, vissa mer extrema än andra. Det är kul att bara sitta ned för att kolla och fascineras av allas kreativa utstyrslar.

Major Sony fail

The day I heard of the Sony Building in Tokyo I wanted to go. In this building they show their latest innovations and coolest products. On my way to the Sony Building my heart was pounding with expectations. My mind was trying to imagine the amazing stuff they have on display there. I was dreaming of super-cameras, super-computers and super-TVs.

Sony Building in Tokyo

Sony Building in Tokyo

On the first floor the directory promised future technologies. As we entered the room we saw …… 3D TV, not even the newest version where you do not require the dorky glasses. My heart sank and I felt a tear of disappointment wanting to leave my eye socket. There was no new stuff in sight. 3D TV has been on the market for over a year now. There is nothing new about 3D-stupid-TV.  We went to the second floor, the third, the fourth and still nothing new. All they have is their regular cameras on display together with Vaio laptops and some MP3 players. On the sixth floor they have a shop where you can purchase the same old stuff that they sell in any retail store, in any part of the world.

Sony future center

Sony future centre

Sony you are so lame. I got a much bigger hard-on at the Apple store in Ginza where they just launched the new MacBook Air. So for all of you that still carry the dream of a Sony Building filled to the brim with amazing products – forget about it, like Santa its all a lie.