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;

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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.