Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)

This is the world's tallest tower - 2,080ft. It is a new digital broadcast tower to mark the age of the digital age to over shadow the video age. Anna's afraid of heights so this was pretty funny for me. Unreal view though!

The adventures of Anna

I met Anna at a house party years ago and we've been friends ever since! After I had left Dublin for just over a month she had a chance for a cheap flight to Japan so she took it! A lot of what Anna was discovering for the first time, so was I. We did the general touristy things starting off with the busy Shinjuku. Shinjuku is the real heart of Tokyo. From the best shopping to it's neon lights with small crammed bars under the eye of Godzilla.

Next we went for a stroll through Yoyogi Park (代々木公園, Yoyogi Kōen). A huge park full of tall trees, ponds and forest areas. This led us to the Meiji Jingu shrine. This shrine is one of the most popular shrines to see in Tokyo. Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. It was destoryed after WW2 but then rebuilt.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Living alone for the first time. Got lost for about 3 hours, eventually made it home. Made a mate! Who knew, he would be my best friend for the next two years :)

Dating back to when I arrived. April 2015. I was put into a small one person apartment in a place called Higashi Funabashi (East Funabashi). No wifi and a place where no one spoke English, (I was also visa-less at this time) - being lost was an understatement. Anyway, got my visa sorted, did some shopping and then got lost on the way home for 3 hours resulting in getting a taxi without knowing my full address! This was when the initial "shit what am I doing" feeling set in. Fast forward to me meeting friends, fellow teachers and discovering the poison that is a "strong can" 9% alcohol in a can for under ¥200 (about €1.50) the temptation was too much!

I had my first week of training, meeting a bunch of fellow teachers, just like me. Discovering Japan and Tokyo in particular. Was comforting to know that everyone was in the same boat as me. I Started work straight away on 1st of April (luckily Japanese people don't know what April fools day is!

Time flew by and in a couple of weeks we had golden week. This is a week in May that is a national holiday. Lots of festivals and generally known for being a busier season in Japan. This is when Anna visited! ~~~

From the Beginning


OK, lets start with the basics. Why Japan?

- Final Fantasy and Pokemon Thanks to my bro
I've been obsessed from a young age.

- Harajuku In my mind it was always a dream, shopping online & always finding the coolest shit

- Ninja's and Samurai's Who isn't interested in Japanese culture?? and plus SUSHI <3

2 Years Later

Hi ya'll

I've been living in the greater Tokyo area for almost 2 years now. (FUNABASHI) Funabashi has been the most amazing place I've ever lived in, ignoring the fact it's not "actual Tokyo" I fucking love it. The friend's that I've met, the closeness to the bars and the people there and also around them. I wish I started this blog sooner. Who knew what my adventures I would have.

I wish I started writing about this sooner, but honestly - I've been having way too much fun.

Welcome to my blog :)