Long Island City

On our last night in NYC we hop across the water to Long Island City and Gantry Plaza State Park. You can get more epic views back towards Manhattan from this popular spot. As the sun sets on our last ever night in New York I realise just how much I have come to loveContinue reading “Long Island City”

Times Square by night

Suckers for punishment that we are we decide to make a second pilgrimage to the tourist trap that is Times Square. But this time at night to check out the ads in all their glorious, eye wateringly neon glory. If the place was bad by day you could multiple the crowds, noise and frustration byContinue reading “Times Square by night”

Illuminated Osaka

We head back into the bustling heartland of Osaka in the evening to see it transformed into a throbbing neon paradise. It is the most iconic and enduring image of modern Japan – eye splitting coloured lights as far as the eye can see. And Osaka does not disappoint! Whether it’s giant puffer fish orContinue reading “Illuminated Osaka”

So long Shinjuku, toodleloo Tokyo

Before we head onto the glorious Japanese Alps we have one final night in the neon heartland of Shinjuku. The man is both intrigued and then delighted by this vending machine restaurant. Just pop in your money, make your selection, get your ticket and take it to the counter. Seconds later – a meal isContinue reading “So long Shinjuku, toodleloo Tokyo”

Sayonara Shinjuku

Here’s one last neon whirl around Shinjuku’s flashing lights and garish nightlife. I’m missing the frenetic city again! The temptation to book flights and head back is increasing with every photo I post! A last look at Godzilla is a kitschy reminder of the wealth of cultural influences that Japan has gifted to the world.Continue reading “Sayonara Shinjuku”

Sensory over load in the metropolis

Eager to make the most of our limited time in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo we head out into the bright lights of Shinjuku again. It’s a whirlwind of colour and sounds, endlessly scrolling sky high adverts and a flock of humans. Coming from a tiny rural town in the midland of the UK, itContinue reading “Sensory over load in the metropolis”

Awesome Akihabara

After sating my desire for all things kitchen related we head onto get our first glimpse of one of the ubiquitous sights in Tokyo – the neon jungle of Akihabara, AKA Electric town. Akihabara is named after the fire-controlling god of a shrine built after the area was destroyed by a fire in 1869. Akihabara gained theContinue reading “Awesome Akihabara”