Photo: Manga Store

25th March 2015

One of my favourite shops in Japan is Mandarake, not just because their slogan is “Rulers of Time”; but also because they sell everything an Otaku could ever wish for. The labyrinth of manga leads to models, toys and all sorts of awesomeness. Here’s a photo from inside the Sapporo store…  

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Japan, May 2014: Day Six

18th May 2014

Our final day in Sapporo started with a croissant donut in Mister Donut. Sitting watching the traffic go by, despite the miserable weather, we were determined to make it a memorable 24hrs. The first stop was a mall situated on our street. The malls are completely different to those in the UK. Rather than being a corporate template of all the usual high street shops, these are more like independent…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Five

17th May 2014

Exhausted after yesterday’s adventures, we decided to take a day out from sightseeing and do something less touristy. Coincidentally the local baseball team have a series of home games this weekend; so with map of the city in hand, we set about finding the stadium. Because I’m generally organised when it comes to vacation planning, our hotel falls between the city’s two subway lines and one leads directly to the…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Four

17th May 2014

I’m not even sure what day it is, but I do know yesterday was crazy. Our day started at 4:30am as we had to be up early to catch the first subway train of the morning to Tokyo Station on the opposite side of the city. It was time to put our JR Pass to proper use and catch the Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori at the very north of the main…

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Japan, May 2014: Arrived in Hokkaido

16th May 2014

Probably no blog tonight… Long day, feel rubbish and quite frankly we deserve to rest in our upgraded room! Aside from the fact you need a special key to get the lift to go to the floor, the coffee maker, mini bar and fancy toiletries etc… The best thing is the iPhone charger by the bedside! Finally some common sense!! I love Japan! The view is also amazing… But I’m…

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