Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions

Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions Japan is a place of so many different and wonderful things to do and see. A lot of times when we are planning our trips to Japan we decide not always to have our whole day Read more

Kizuna Japanese subscription box

Kizuna Japanese subscription box This is a promotional post. We were offered the opportunity to try a new subscription box from Kizuna Box from Japan. Of course we jumped at the chance. We were given the option of two different boxes, Read more

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm 2017

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm – Cherry Blossom Festival On April 22nd was the annual cherry blossom hanami festival in Stockholm (“Körsbärsblommans Dag”), Sweden. It's an event organized by the Japanese Association, and we were very happy to see that they - once Read more

Top Japanese places to visit in London

Top Japanese places to visit in London In this post we have collected our top Japanese places to visit in London. The city has so many places that are connected to Japan in one way or another. In our top Read more

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo As a person who love all things art and crafts I've hunted down the best shops that I could find during my travels in Tokyo. Here's a guide to my personal favourites. Read more


Hyper Japan Shop London


Hyper Japan London

Hyper Japan is a well known exhibition fair held ever year in London. The fair celebrates everything Japanese, from the traditional to ultra modern, all can found at the fair. The fair has become very popular and if you have a love or just a little interest in Japan, it’s well worth a visit. The next fair is to be held in the summer of 2014.

whysojapan_hyper_japan_london_04 whysojapan_hyper_japan_london_01 whysojapan_hyper_japan_london_03

Hyper Japan shop

Hyper Japan has now opened it’s first shop as of the end of oktober 2013. Its located in the Camden stables market area in London. The shop, being its first, is a small shop. But content is growing. Since its a very new shop, I’m sure the stock will grow and try the market to see what sells. On our visit the shop had a lot of kawaii goods. A lot of stuff we had only seen in Japan or on the internet before, and rarely found in local shops around London. Some of the stuff we found was a collection of the J-pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – a mixture of her CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and more. We also found stuff from Tofu Cute, a selection of Japanse sweets, a selection plush alpacas (the ones you see all over Tokyo), t-shirts and bags too.


As you see, the shop has a good selection of products which I’m sure will improve even more as time goes by. Walking into the shop gives the feeling of walking in to a little Japanse shop in Tokyo, seeing all the goods available for ourchase. Nowadays when we are in London we jot from shop to shop, like Japan Centre, Art Box, China Town and now recently we have added the Hyper Japan shop to our list of some of the shops we will keep visiting in the future. If you are in London and love things from Japan, then this store is well worth visiting.

whysojapan_hyper_japan_london_06 whysojapan_hyper_japan_london_05

Shop Info

Finding the shop took us a little time at first, since we always seem to get lost around all the small shops in Camden. But after looking on a map we ended up finding it. Please check out the map and shop information below, and also check with their site for the up to date information on opining times and more.

******* From the 24th jan 2014 the shop has closed down *****************

Adress: Stall 713, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Opening times: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Wednesdays to Sundays (times are on trail)
Websitehttp://www.hyperjapan.co.uk (for shop info klick tab righthand side of page)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hyperjapan

whysojapan hyper japan shop london

Posted on by Paul in Shopping, Visiting Leave a comment

Panorama photos of Tokyo

Panorama photos of Tokyo

I’ve seen lots of panorama photos before and I’ve taken a few of my own while in Japan (and other places that I’ve been to around the world). Most of them have been taken with a smartphone that gives you a simple way of catching your very own panorama view of whats in front of you. But I’ve never ever taken a gigapixel panorama photo and I doubt I ever will, because you need to own some very expensive camera equipment. Thats what’s great with 360cities, they’ve done the hard work for us viewers. Taking the photo is just the beginning of taking a 360° panoramal. It’s also all the work in front of the computer that probably takes a lot of time.

The company behind these very popular gigapixel photos is 360cities.net. There have take lots of gigapixel photos in different places around the world, but the two I would like to share with you are both taken in Tokyo.

Tokyo tower

The first panorama was taken from on top of the Tokyo Tower. The photo was taken in September of 2012 and it gives you a great 360° panorama photo from the top of the tower all over the city.
Link to the Tokyo Tower panorama: http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-tower-panorama-photo/

whysojapan gigapixel Panorama photos of Tokyo

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

The second panorama is also a 360° photo and it was taken from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It was also shot in September of 2012 and it also gives you a great view of Tokyo from high up.
Link to the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower: http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-gigapixel-roppongi-hills-mori-tower/

whysojapan gigapixel Panorama photos of Tokyo

Both of the panorama photos give you a high quality picture, so high that you can see people going about their normal day to day life on the streets. It’s fun to scan the photos for intressting things going on around in Tokyo on the day(s) of the photos.

Check out http://360gigapixels.com/ for more around the world. Some of the other places that can be found on 360gigapixels.com are London, Czech capital city of Prague, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia and more.


Posted on by Paul in Other, Visiting Leave a comment

Brighton Japan Festival 2013

whysojapan brighton japan festival

Brighton Japan festival

About a month ago the Brighton Japan Festival was held in seaside town of Brighton, which is on the southcoast of UK. The festival started about 5 years ago with just a one day event, but has now grown into a 10 day festival. This year the event ran from 13/09 – 22/09. The festival ran both in the daytime and in the evening too. The festival was mainly set out around rock gardens, which close to most parts of central Brighton.

whysojapan brighton japan festival


The festival is a mixture of all things Japanese – from music, culture and food to kawaii and more. If its Japanese, it probably could be found, one way or another, at the festival. The festival was first started by the Brighton & Hove Japanese Club, which once was a very small event, compared to now being one of the major Japanese culture events on the south coast. It is very parent now that Japanese culture is having a bigger and bigger effect on the rest of the world these days, with more and more of Japanese culture reaching to different countries all around the world.

whysojapan brighton japan festival whysojapan brighton japan festival


The festival had a mixture of events, some you had to buy a ticket to get access to and some were free of charge. In the way of music, there were nights dedicatied to j-rock music, with bands like Esprit D’Air, Colors Of Fire and Fate. Most of the bands are based outside of Japan, but still brought the j-rock theme to the event. There was also a Harajuku night with artists No Cars, Erika and Kero Kero Bonito playing into the night.

The festival had a Taiko drumming performance (from one of the most well known taiko groups in the UK), cover songs from Brighton’s very own Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Fume) and Kids Dancers too. There was a Japanese horror movie night (which was held on Friday the 13th), a big Japanese fashion show, lots of food and a big market selling all things Japanese. The list goes on. If you’re into Japanese cultureIm sure you would find something of your liking at the festival.
whysojapan brighton japan festival whysojapan brighton japan festival whysojapan brighton japan festival whysojapan brighton japan festival

The following video was found on this Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HDViewin

Links to Brighton Japan Festival:
Offical homepage: http://www.brightonjapan.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonJapanFestival?fref=ts

Photos courtesy of: Clarissa


Posted on by Paul in Events, Fashion, Food & snacks, Music, Shopping, Visiting Leave a comment

Golden Week In Japan

Four days of national holidays

why_so_japan_golden_week_childrens_dayGolden Week has just past in Japan. This year, 2013, the dates were April 29th, and May 3rd, 4th and 5th. Golden Week is a collection of 4 days of national holidays in Japan.

Golden Week has become one of Japan’s most busiest national holidays. It is very common to find that lots of well known tourist hot spots become even more busy than normal and trying to find accommodation on a short notice can become very difficult. Public transport also becomes even more crowded than normal in some places, since everyone takes advantage of the national holidays.

The four days consist of the following national holidays:

April 29th (天皇誕生日, Tennō Tanjōbi)
This day is to celebrate the former Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) who’s birthday was on this date. Between 1989 until 2006 this day was called Greener Day, and from 2007 it changed to Shōwa Day. Greener Day moved to May 4th.

May 3rd (憲法記念日, Kenpō Kinenbi)
On this holiday theres the celebration of the promulgation constitution in Japan, which came into effect as of May 3, 1947. On this day it is common to reflect over things like democray and other things in Japan.

May 4th (みどりの日, Midori no Hi)
Greenery Day, which was once celebrated on April the 29th, was moved to May the 4th as of 2007. Greenery Day is to celebrate nature and it stems from the former emperor’s love for plants and nature.

May 5th  (こどもの日, Kodomo no Hi)
Children’s Day is a celebration of children. This day used to be called Boy’s Day, and was set aside to celebrate the boys in a Japanese family. Families used this day to celebrate their sons’ health, well being, happiness and future. People put up carp streamers and display samurai dolls to symbolise success and power among other things in life. About 65 years ago, the government decided that this day would be a celebration not only of boys, but of all children and also a day to show gratitude toward mothers.

Even if you don’t celebrate the holidays, Im sure you wouldnt mind the four days off in Japan and you would find lots of other things to do during the celebrations in Japan.

Posted on by Paul in Visiting 1 Comment

Electric and gadgets while in Japan

electric Plugs in Japan why so japan

Charging electrical appliances in Japan

Nowadays most people that travel almost always have some sort of electrical appliance with them while abroad. Some of the more common things that most people have with them while travelling are smart phones, iPads, video cameras, laptops and battery chargers.

electric Plug converter 1 why so japan  electric Plug converter 2 why so japan
Now most of these gadgets will need to be charged while you are in Japan if you are staying for more than a day. I know that we had to charge our iPhone every night after using Google Maps in Tokyo all day on them.

electric Apple power supply why so japanOne thing to think about is that most modern gadgets can be charged on the voltage that Japan uses (100v), so for most of your gadgets you will need to buy an inexpensive adapter plug that converts the plug on the gadget to the 2 pin plug that is used in Japan.

Its important to check that your gadget will work at a low voltage of 100v beforehand. Either check if its printed on the power supply of your gadget, or find the information in the user manual. For example, in Sweden or the UK where we are from, we have 220/240v as our main power coming out of the wall sockets, but most things that use chargers can normally handle 100v-240v and would be alright in Japan. Stuff like hairdryers might only work on 110 volts or 220/240v meaning it probably won’t work in Japan. You can solve this problem by using a power down converter, but they cost a lot more than a normal plug converter.

Buying electrical goods while in Japan

electric Plug converter 4 why so japanIf you do buy anything that needs power from the mains, check that it will run of your main voltage that you have in your country, since buying something that works on 100v only will not work if you plug it into 220/240v and it could cause damage. Of course you can buy a power converter for that too, which will lower your voltage output too.

What are your electrical tips?

Posted on by Paul in Visiting 1 Comment