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Sky Tree

One year after its opening, me and my husband finally made it to SkyTree. This is one of those you visit once in your life and never go back. What for, unless you’re taking someone else. Besides, it is quite expensive. There are 2 ways to purchase tickets to...
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Tokyo Toy Convention at Big Sight

Last week, instead of going to haikyo, we ended up going to the Toy Con. And what fun it was! And all for freeeeee! Ok, not exactly. But there was no entrance fee, which is a great thing!  Great things in life are free, and I intend to make...
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Golden Week 2013 : Atami and Hatsushima

For this year, me and my husband are determined to pay off all our debts. Still, that doesn’t mean no travel, right? We decided to go to Atami. Wikipedia describes Atami (熱海) as a coastal hot spring resort in Shizuoka prefecture, on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula...
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Who is Teacher Iwao?

My students wrote some sort of self-introduction paper with their self-drawn portraits. They included names, likes, dislikes and a message with their “nigao-e” (portrait). I got three students in one section say that I look like a certain Maeda Atsuko. Who the hell is that, I wondered, and searched....
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Owning a yacht in Tokyo

I have always wanted to own my boat.  Some ten years ago, a Venezian man taught me how to drive a boat. I started driving around in Venice without a license. If I remember correctly, the speed limit was 5km/hour in between islands and less in the canals. Having...
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