Biggest snowstorm in 45 years hits Tokyo

I’ve blogged about Tokyo in the snow before (here and here), but the snowfall this past Saturday was epic. Of course, we went out and walked around for several hours. As a Canadian, I feel qualified to state unequivocally that it was a full-on blizzard! I’ve put together a gallery below – click on one […]

Google Japan Doodle for Yasujirō Ozu

A lovely little Google Doodle today to mark the anniversary of Yasujirō Ozu‘s birth (小津 安二郎 1903年12月12日 – 1963年12月12日) – a scene from his most famous film, Tokyo Story (東京物語):     Oddly, Ozu died on his birthday, so today marks both his birth and his death. Here is the trailer for the film (with English subtitles): Also, […]

Tanaka Hisashige – Today’s Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the 213th birthday of Tanaka Hisashige, a Japanese engineer and inventor during the late Edo and early Meiji periods. In his time, he was known as “the genius of mechanical wonders”. Some people refer to him as “the Thomas Edison of Japan”. He was famous for a number of things, but […]

Settle down, InterTubes: “bagelheads” is NOT a trend in Japan

At the best of times, it’s hard to find a decent bagel in Tokyo (trust me, I’m from Toronto, I know bagels); but, suddenly, the other day, there was nothing but bagel news coming out of Japan. Unfortunately, it was not the fact that someone in Tokyo had finally built a wood-fired oven for Montreal […]