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Apple logo in the Ginza Apple Store

iPhone 5 launch in Tokyo

September 20, 2012 Latest news about Japan directly from Tokyo Guillaume Erard
Tomorrow, Friday 21st of September 2012 is the official launch of Apple's new iPhone 5. We covered last time the launch of its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and discussed about how it fast-forwarded the adoption of smartphones by Japanese customers in order to…

Guides & How To's

Food safety in Japan

How to eat safely in Japan? Basics on radioactivity and safe shopping.

November 15, 2011 Guides and How to's Guillaume Erard
Eight months have passed since March 11th 2011 and the Great Tohoku Earthquake which triggered a tsunami that devastated the eastern coast of Japan and provoked the worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl. The initial fears and the foreign media frenzy now…


Doctor checking for radiation in a little girl from Fukushima

Radioactive iodine 131 exposure of Tokyo inhabitants following the Fukushima nuclear accident

April 02, 2012 Articles about Japanese life Guillaume Erard
I recently wrote an article dealing with the risks of radioactive contamination associated with the consumption of food in Japan. This article was prompted by the publication of the first set of data estimating the distribution of the cesium throughout…

Events and festivals

Yosakoi dancers with blue wigs

Yosakoi dance festival in Harajuku

September 02, 2012 Events and festivals in Japan Guillaume Erard
Most people with an interest in Japan are aware that the summer season is one of many matsuri (festivals) which are often accompanied with copious amounts of music playing, dancing, eating, and drinking. Although the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival…


Oedo Onsen

Oedo Onsen Monogatari and the public baths in Japan

February 12, 2014 Sightseeing an tourism in Japan Guillaume Erard
We know that often, Japanese adaptations of places or concepts from abroad tend to end up with more than a little Disneyland twist than being faithful descriptions of reality. What is less known is the fact that the Japanese also have the tendency to pass…

Video and documentaries

Shibuya crossing at night

New video: Tokyo by Night

If I ask you to visualize Japan in your head, a multitude of pictures should immediately invade your visual field; temples, geisha, sushi, samurai, manga characters, etc... But if I ask you to think of Tokyo, it is more likely that this time, images of a…

Picture galleries

Quartier d'Asakusa

Picture gallery of Asakusa

May 30, 2013 Pictures of Japan Guillaume Erard
Asakusa is a district located in the Tokyo district of Taitō. It is part of the historical low city of Edo and harbors most notably the Buddhist sanctuary of Senso-ji, which is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon.

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