Richard Mulvihill

10 Japanese Foods That Are Not Sushi

Yakiniku sizzling on a table top barbecue.

The Meat Lovers Guide To Japan. You want to go to Japan, perhaps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But you have one major worry; You don’t like fish. You are a meat eater and you’ve been one your whole life. And if you don’t like fish, I’ll assume that eating sushi scares the bejezus out…

Tokyo Roppongi Hills 45-gigapixel panorama photo

This is an amazing 360 photo-panorama done by Jeffrey Martin for 360gigapixels.com. It shows everything around the Ropponggi Hills area except the Mori Building that the photo was taken from. He used a Canon 7D digital SLR and and a huge 400mm telephoto lens. The combo gives amazingly sharp images of the Tokyo Tower which…

Speaking Bad Japanese leads to Giant Bug

Kabutomushi

Another minor setback in my attempt to speak Japanese led me to indirectly acquire the largest friggin’ bug I have ever seen in my life. The story goes a little something like this; I’m at a temple in Kariya Japan and I meet a guy who’s collecting bugs with his daughter. I think he is…

The Top 2 Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel Lobbies

The Front of the Fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright Imperial Hotel

 Wright designed precious few hotels. This was going to be a top 10 list, but to the chagrin of every student of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright did not make 10 hotels. With over 500 projects to his credit, Wright designed precious few hotels. All but 2 have been completely demolished. So without further delay here is my…

Can You Be Kawaii in Full Hockey Gear?

Yurie Adachi

You can if you are the Japanese Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. It is a little strange seeing “cute” and “hockey” in the same sentence but hockey blogs and news outlets everywhere seem to be putting the two words together for the first time to describe the Sochi Olympic’s number one under-dog team. Like their summer tournament…

Meeting Kazunori Yamauchi

Yamauchi Kazunori

I have a continuing series where I meet famous Japanese people and attempt to talk with them in Japanese. This weeks disastrous episode is Kazunori Yamauchi (山内 一典), creator of the legendary Gran Turismo series on the Playstation, and CEO of Polyphony Digital. I wanted to say, “Shashin wa daijoubu desu ka?” (Can I get…

Baseball in Japan

Hello Kitty as Chunichi Dragons baseball player. Nagoya team in the Nippon Professional baseball league.

The American Baseball Player. Japan loves baseball. The longer you live there the more you realize how crazy they are for the sport. Team logos are seen everywhere and the players endorse all sorts of products. Their advertisements can be seen everywhere from the insides of the trains I take, to the sides of the buildings I…

Kyushu Japan’s New Luxuy Train; The Seven Stars

Japan's Seven Star and Speed Racers's Mammoth Car

The Nanatsuboshi (which means “seven stars” in Japanese) is a new high end extravagant luxury train built by the Kyushu Railway Co. Aside from it’s visual similarities to the Mammoth Car in Speed Racer, the Seven Stars in much less intimidating on the inside. The train cabins are lined with rich wood that matches the…