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Tokyo Diaries: Yasukuni Shrine

My mom confirmed to me once that our ancestry is a mix of Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. We didn’t acquire Japanese ancestry until after 1945. You probably guessed it now. I’m struggling to accept the fact that my great grandmother, as my mom said, could have been one of those who unfortunately had been part of the degrading scheme… Continue reading Tokyo Diaries: Yasukuni Shrine

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Tokyo diaries: Asakusa

After having a blast at Tokyo Skytree and Sumida Aquarium, we took a five-minute subway ride to Asakusa. By the time we got to Asakusa, our stomachs were growling, telling us its already past lunch time and we haven’t eaten anything yet. Good thing we found this little takoyaki food stall at the corner of… Continue reading Tokyo diaries: Asakusa

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Tokyo diaries: Tokyo Skytree, Sumida Aquarium

The last time I was in Tokyo, Tokyo Skytree was still under construction. Tokyo Tower was the only tourist tower attraction available as an option. That’s why the moment our 10-day Japan vacation became positive, I listed Tokyo SkyTree in our itinerary. I made a resolution to come visit this as soon as we start… Continue reading Tokyo diaries: Tokyo Skytree, Sumida Aquarium

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Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland

After experiencing Halloween at Universal Studios Japan, we spent Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland! We didn’t come here on the month of December but I was glad that Tokyo Disneyland was already on a Christmas mood as early as November. TD wasn’t really part of our itinerary because I was thinking a trip to USJ is enough.… Continue reading Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland

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Travel around Japan flexibly without a JR Rail Pass

I’ve seen it advertised a lot. Use a JR Rail Pass if you want unrestricted travel throughout Japan conveniently. But I’m glad we ditched it, for practical reasons. First it was a lot, lot pricey. The JR Rail Pass is NOT sold inside Japan so you have to buy it at accredited travel agencies overseas or… Continue reading Travel around Japan flexibly without a JR Rail Pass

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Japan <3 a thrifty traveler like me

I know tons of travelogues have given tips about how to enjoy traveling in Japan even when you’re short on cash. It makes sense because Japan remains an expensive destination especially for avid travelers. I had to rely on the wise advice of some bloggers and travel experts on this especially during my latest sojourn… Continue reading Japan ❤ a thrifty traveler like me

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5 Tokyo places I missed because of Wolverine

Nostalgia seeped in my consciousness again when I watched The Wolverine over a month ago. Granted I’m not a fan of anime or manga movies, but I watched this one to complement the 2009 X-Men Origins and X-Men: the Last Stand I viewed back then. Thanks to the friend, who invited me. All throughout the… Continue reading 5 Tokyo places I missed because of Wolverine

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I’ve been to Tsukiji twice—once when I was in Tokyo, and once in Manila. I don’t remember my visit to that famous fish market until I got invited to dine at one of the famed best Japanese restaurants in Makati City. It was in 2010 when I had lunch at Tsukiji sushi restaurant together with… Continue reading Tsukiji

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Akihabara: Tokyo’s e-town

  If you want to score for some cheap electronic finds, head to Akihabara while in Tokyo. When I had the opportunity to visit Japan, Akihabara (or Akiba) was part of the itinerary. Aptly called Tokyo’s electronic town, it is home to robotics, big appliances, micro and macro gadgets, the latest handheld PDA, laptops, otaku… Continue reading Akihabara: Tokyo’s e-town