by / on October 21, 2011 at 12:43 am / in Asia, Gary Fong, Shop, Tokyo


  TOKYO – Of all of Japan’s many contributions, the ubiquitous and wonderful Japanese convenience store (the konbini) has got to be one of the best.  Known by various names – am pm, 7-Eleven, Lawsons, Family Mart – Japanese konbinis, set the standard for convenience stores everywhere.  Whether it’s magazines for every occasion; a huge selection of snacks; the latest [...]

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by / on October 21, 2011 at 12:26 am / in Eat, Gary Fong, Tokyo


  TOKYO – Having lived in what many consider to be one of the more expensive cities in the world, I often get asked where one can get decently priced food and drink in Tokyo and my answer is always the same, “just to go to any izakaya.”  Conceived to provide sake drinkers with a place where they could also [...]

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by / on October 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm / in Asia, Gary Fong, See, Tokyo


    TOKYO – Skip Tokyo’s lame attempts at phallic-like, big-n-tall structures (e.g., Tokyo Tower and the Municipal Government Buildings).  Where the city really excels is in the architectural form; and integrating it artistically and functionally with its surroundings. Okay, that may sound like a bit much but if you’re into structure and design, Tokyo certainly has it’s share of must-see [...]

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by / on October 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm / in Asia, Gary Fong, Relax, Tokyo


  TOKYO – If you’re a male in need of some personal attention from that hot someone but don’t want the baggage that comes with real life attentions, then perhaps a hostess bar might be just the thing for you.  Badd Girls (Tel: 03-5772-1872 in Roppongi has some of the hottest Japanese women in the area; or alternatively, if [...]

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by / on October 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm / in Gary Fong, Relax, Tokyo


  TOKYO – Most visitors to Kamakura on the outskirts of Tokyo pass up this exquisite Zen Buddhist temple in favor of the more famous and larger Daibutsu and Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine.  Shrouded in a serenely beautiful garden of centuries-old bamboo (it’s sometimes called the bamboo temple) Hokokuji is a small, peaceful temple and one of those special places you [...]

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