The Weirder Side of Japan - cosplay and odd porn

Not everyone Visiting Japan is interested in temples and museums. Sometimes, to get to understand a culture, you must go beyond places offered by your guide. If you are looking for some strange and bizarre things to see and do in Tokyo, read more for ideas.

You will need to wake up early enough to see the Tsukiji fish market booming. Tourists can only enter a small portion of the market because they are becoming too many nuisances and reach poking fish. Skip breakfast at the hotel and head to one of many sushi restaurants located around the market.

Perhaps before eating a meal, you should visit the Museum Meguro parasites. This exhibition presents more than 300 species of parasites, including a 30-foot tapeworm that was found inside a man - not recommended for people with weak stomachs.

From Meguro, take the JR Yamanote Line, which circles Tokyo, Harajuku. Harajuku is not only fashionable downtown Tokyo, but on Sunday, is that young Japanese dress and gather for the day. Japanese refer the "cosplay" and you will see everything from french gothic clothing household.

Takeshita-dori, just opposite the station Harajuku is a street lined with cosplay and most stores accessories. This is where teenagers buy their Gothic french maid and costumes. There is even a shop that sells clothes and accessories for your dog. Pancakes and waffles seem to be the choice of food for teens buying here. If you want to try one, be prepared to wait some time that the lines can get long.

Also on the weekend in Harajuku, just opposite the Yoyogi National Stadium, Japanese young and old put on a variety of music lovers, dance and humor. Some are good, some are pretty average, others are just bizarre. Impress your friends with you some pictures of punk rock guy all dressed in uniforms of the school. Apart from Yoyogi Park, you will find Tokyo Rock-a-billy group decked in denim and scalp with hair-styles match, dancing to the music of the fifties and sixties.

Find out what all the controversy is about visiting the Yasukuni shrine. Each visit by Japan's Prime Minister to the shrine cause indignation and makes the headlines of newspapers across China and Korea. Yasukuni Shrine is not enough to watch, but what makes it famous is that commemorates the participation of Japan in the Second World War. No fewer than 12 convicted Class A war criminals are enshrined at Yasukuni. Interestingly, the shrine is a popular tourist destination for tourists in Asia.

If you've never been to a Japanese restaurant, you know about screens plastic food they use for setting the front of their window. The plastic creations are sold in a place called Kappabashi Street. It is located between Ueno and Asakusa. You can also get some interesting souvenirs, including sushi-key. Kappabashi is where restaurants and serious cooks buy their cooking utensils and accessories.

Akiharbara is famous mainly for electronics cheap, but more recently it has become the center of otaku culture. Otaku is a word that describes most often men who are video games, computers and animation. "Maid cafes have sprung up to meet the otaku who visit Akihabara. In the cafes of household-waitresses dress in french maid outfits or a character costumes popular computer games. Maid cafes greet their customers with an expression that translates roughly as "master welcome." Photograph of "good" seems to be encouraged.

A narrow alley, not far from Shinjuku station is aptly named Shomben Yokocho, went piss or lack of toilets in stores. It is a narrow street lined with Yakitori chicken grilled or stores. Barbecue smoke wafts from each store. Fortunately public services are now available in the region. The place has an interesting atmosphere of old Tokyo, but for better nutrition Yakitori head off the area around Yurakucho.

Small restaurants Yakitori sitting just below the railway lines. The train noise and vibrations they generate as overhead costs, only adds to the atmosphere. The region is very popular among Japanese salarymen take a beer and a snack before they head out of their homes.

Once dinner ended, most foreigners to head off the bars and clubs in Roppongi. For a more interesting experience of Japan, visit the Golden Gay in Shinjuku. Golden Gay is a group of small bars frequented with a Japanese client of el artists, writers and musicians.

The development is rapid, Tokyo, and many of the more interesting places like Golden Gay are threatened by bulldozers. It is a sad reality, but it is changing fashions and fads that make Japan less than a public holiday, but the creation of many a story that will not fail to lead a party.

Mike Henry has lived in Japan for over ten years and the site operator Tokyo Essentials - a travel and tour guide in Tokyo.

It's Time for Miss Universe Japan 2008

It's Time for Miss Universe Japan 2008

Mar 27th, 2008 by Neil

A week today and the 10 finalists in this years Miss Universe Japan contest will take the stage hoping to represent Japan later in the year and Miss Universe 2008.

Since attending Miss Nippon 2008 i had kept a close eye on the calendar in the lead up to next weeks event. Not close enough by the looks of it and it seems ticket sales closed yesterday. I have someone on the job as i write this and i’m still a hopeful starter at next Thursdays event, fingers crossed.

Since its founding in 1998, the Miss Universe Japan pageant, run by acclaimed French national director, Ines Ligron. It has achieved the impressive result of having three top 5 finalists and one winner at the Miss Universe pageant within a short span of 9 years.

Ines Ligron was catapulted to the international spotlight when Riyo Mori won Japan’s second Miss Universe crown in Mexico in 2007.

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Riyo Mori, a ballet dancer from Shizuoka won the Miss Universe Japan title and later went on to claim the Miss Universe title in Mexico City, Mexico. She is Japan’s first Miss Universe in 48 years.

In a pageant filled with mishaps and controversy, during the crowning of Riyo with the official Mikimoto crown, it slipped from her grasp and nearly fell to the floor.

Mori was able to hold on to the crown, which is made of diamonds and pearls and is valued at over $250,000.

The crown is now secure for the one year reign of Ms. Mori, while Akiko Chubachi took over the title of Miss Universe Japan 2007.

The remaining 10 girls hoping to following in the footsteps of Chibana Kurara, Miss Universe Japan 2006 and are as follows;

Asuza Nishigaki

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Chie Hirai on the right

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Hiroko Mima

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Kana Anan & Sayo Yamaguchi

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Moe Aoki

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Rui Watanabe

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Kana Anan far right

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Yoshimi Sato

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Yukari Honna far right.

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Yuri Horita with Moe Aoki, Asuza Nishigaki and Sayo Yamaguchi

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Pictures courtesy of the Miss Universe Japan official site.