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Top 5: Osaka.

I really enjoyed Osaka. It's well located, has a good mix of past and present, and is easy to get round thanks to its efficient and vast subway system. Though it's hard, I've decided to pick out my top 5 favourite things about Osaka. In no particular order: Dotombori. This is the infamous "neon dream" [...]

That time I visited a vibrator bar.

No that isn't a typo. A vibrator bar. Such a glorious thing is an actual reality, at least in Tokyo. Let's buzz on in, shall we? It's like being in a normal bar. Are you shitting me? I am not. The Vibe Bar Wild One is a unique drinking establishment located in the heart of [...]

10 of Japan’s weirdest sex aids.

As a follow up to my post about Kanamara Matsuri, I thought it might be fun to delve into Japan's weird sexy side. Or at least look at some of the odd sex aids you can buy. In no particular order, here are 10 of the strangest: 1.Cute flavoured condoms. Nothing says sexy like a [...]

Kanamara Matsuri 2017.

Kanamara Matsuri. The name may not be familiar, but if you like to read up about weird shit on the internet (like me), you may well know it by a different name; Japan's penis festival. Of course, I went along for the 2017 celebration of everything phallic. Some happy festival-goers. History. This is a Shinto [...]

Ema boards.

Ema boards, or wishing plaques, are a mainstay of Shintoism, but it can also be seen in use in some Buddhist temples. They have a rather interesting origin, allow me to impart. History. The word ema is comprised of two kanji: 絵馬. The first 絵 for picture, and 馬 for horse. Horses are revered as [...]

Tochoji Temple, Fukuoka.

Fukuoka isn't instantly thought of as a "must see" destination when you think of Japan. However, it has some hidden gems to offer. One such place is Tochoji. History. Legend has it that Tochoji was set up by the Monk Kobo-Daishi, who, upon returning from a trip to China, founded the temple with the view [...]