• kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Place to visitPlace to visit 4 months, 1 week ago

    PLUM BLOSSOM VIEWING

    Seasonal flower viewing is a wildly popular activity here. One of the first flowers to bloom, so associating it with the beginning of spring is the Japanese plum (ume, 梅), whose blossom ranges from white to dark pink, depending on the cultivar. And often there are ume matsuri (festivals) celebrating the plum blossom with c…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Rugby and 2019 World CupRugby and 2019 World Cup 4 months, 1 week ago

    Super Rugby is about to kick-off for the 2017season. Super rugby is the pre-eminent international rugby competition historically consisting of regional teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, with the recent inclusion of an Argentine team (Jaguares) and a Japanese team (Sunwolves). Among rugby competitions world-wide, the Super Rugby…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Super Rugby is about to kick-off for the 2017season. Super rugby is the pre-eminent international rugby competition historically consisting of regional teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, with the recent inclusion of an Argentine team (Jaguares) and a Japanese team (Sunwolves). Among rugby competitions world-wide, the Super Rugby…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Rugby and 2019 World CupRugby and 2019 World Cup 4 months, 1 week ago

    • Super Rugby is about to kick-off for the 2017season. Super rugby is the pre-eminent international rugby competition historically consisting of regional teams from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, with the recent inclusion of an Argentine team (Jaguares) and a Japanese team (Sunwolves). Among rugby competitions world-wide, the Super Rugby…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Place to visitPlace to visit 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Everyone loves Snoopy (and the whole Peanuts crew), right? Well, the world’s first Snoopy museum is in Tokyo’s Roppongi district – and it’s a lot of fun. My wife and sister-in-law convinced me to visit the museum, and I am really glad that I went.

    Within the museum complex, there are rotating exhibitions, rare memorabilia, and a large merchan…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Good restaurantGood restaurant 7 months, 1 week ago

    On any food tour of Tokyo, gyoza (餃子) would have to be on most people’s list. Gyoza are a dumpling consisting of varying combinations of ground meat and vegetables covered with a thin dough wrapper, most commonly fried then steamed – though sometimes either simply boiled (sui gyoza) or deep fried (age gyoza). Gyoza are typically accompa…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Place to visitPlace to visit 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    November is here and it is 紅葉 (koyo) – or the time when the leaves change into the autumnal yellows, oranges, and reds. So it is a great time to visit parks and boulevards around Tokyo and admire the trees and their fiery foliage There are lots of places to visit to experience koyo from now until around the end of November, some of the more popul…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Good restaurantGood restaurant 7 months, 4 weeks ago

    There has been a craft beer boom going on around Tokyo the past few years. One craft beer establishment I frequent with a certain amount of regularity would have to be DevilCraft, equal parts pizzeria and bar (for me, anyway).

    DevilCraft has been in the business of fine beer and pizza for around 5 years, serving through the taps its own delicious…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of RamenRamen 8 months ago

    You can’t possibly visit Tokyo without sampling its myriad of ramen offerings.

    These days, one of my favourite go-to ramen areas is Shinatatsu Ramen (品達ラーメン麺 ) which is located outside Shinagawa station, a minute’s walk from the Takanawa exit. It is actually a “Ramen Street” or a collection of Ramen restaurants representing the creations of well…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Rugby and 2019 World CupRugby and 2019 World Cup 8 months ago

    Coming up is a great chance to see the Brave Blossoms in action soon, before they head off on their European tour. They’ll be playing Argentina at Prince Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium on November 5th. Both teams are known for their running rugby so I’m sure it’ll be a fun day out.

    Japan will be introducing a bunch of new international debut…[Read more]

  • kiwi posted an update in the group Group logo of Rugby and 2019 World CupRugby and 2019 World Cup 8 months ago

    I’m really looking forward to the development of the Japanese brand of international rugby. With the appointment of New Zealand coaches at both the Super Rugby level (former All Black Filo Tiatia coaching the Sunwolves) and the national level (former All Black Jamie Joseph coaching the Brave Blossoms), we should hopefully see further development i…[Read more]

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