Capsule Hotel 101: Hacks & Etiquette

Thanks to the relaxed visa requirements enforced by Japan about two years ago, it has become easier and more convenient for Filipinos to enjoy Japan. The upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, slated for next year, has also seen a boom in new AirBnB’s, new hostels and new hotels being built — in fact, one thing…

Neko Atsume: Cat-crazy people and their online cat collection 

  Because being a budding cat lady in real life is not enough for me, I have also taken to collecting stray cats online.  Presenting Neko Atsume (Cat Collecting), the latest online game that’s making a lot of nerds, game enthusiasts and feline slaves made. I blame CNN and Kotaku for making me aware that…

Mad Love

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day–where people dress in red and try to compete for candle-lit tables located in over-booked restaurants, serving over priced steak–I bring you this adorable albeit, obviously crazy way these hapless Japanese salarymen show their love to their wives. By shouting their messages of love stark raving mad in front of…

The world is a few Google Map clicks away

Technology is a wondrous, wondrous thing. I spent the day touring the streets of Ginza, Shibuya and then had a quick jaunt at Mt. Fuji. When I grew bored salivating the many amazing sights of Japan, I made a quick jump at Namsan in Seoul, and revisited my old neighborhood in Myeongdong. I made a…

Japan: Wanting you so bad, it hurts

Have you ever wanted something so bad, it hurts and it consumes your every waking hour? I do. And this is my damnation: I never knew how much I wanted to go to this country, until the time when my sister called me last night to tell me she was booking tickets to Tokyo. Her…

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Today marks my first salary on my new job. Since I have an event at the Powerplant Mall, I kept thinking of what I will buy to mark this very important occasion. My heart was set on going on a shopping spree at Muji, then buy myself some magazines at Homme et Femme Univers (went…

“Okuribito/Departures” to open Eiga Sai 2011

One of my most favorite Japanese movies (and one that made me cry) “Departures” will open the 2011 Eiga Sai – Japanese Film Festival , in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. Departures is a 2009 Oscar-winning movie directed by Yojiro Takita. It tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist who played in an…

If you love classical music, and if you adore Japan …

“Play for Japan” will feature acclaimed Japanese artists: Ms. Miyako Kuwae (classical singer) and Ms. Kunie Tatsuta (pianist), as well as the Philippine Tourism Authority’s chorale group La Mer, gospel choir Joyful Voice, and the Manila Glee Club. Note that all agreed to perform on gratis for this very worthy cause. The first leg of…