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    • This year I visited Japan for the first time. I spent a month in Tokyo getting lost and exploring as many different places as I could. My iPhone's health app showed that I had walked more than 250km while I was in the city and every day I'd come across something new and wonderful, without fail.

      Japan's official tourism slogan is "Endless Discovery". And rightly so. In that spirit, what are some of your favorite experiences around the four islands?

    • Beautiful photo. I keep hearing this about Japan and yet I somehow haven't thought of it as a tourist destination, so I kept going to places like Europe. But @ShootTokyo (Dave Powell) put it on my bucket list with this film and his blog.

      Dave, I hope you don't mind me posting a shot from your portfolio here:

    • When I visited Tokyo in 2013 I was struck with colorful lights and people everywhere... I have never seen so many LED billboards, ads for beauty, drinks and food products all screaming for attention. All of that chaos intermixed with people rushing to for the latest shopping deals. This pano shot in Shibuya district in Tokyo summed up nicely how I felt walking around Tokyo:

    • There's so much more to Japan than Tokyo, but...

      At lunch breaks in my very early 20s, I'd take a short trip to Bunkyō, Tokyo to jump on a rollercoaster: Thunder Dolphin.

      It had one major and gimmick as seen in this photo.
      Worth a visit if you've got a spare 30mins in Tokyo.

      Photo credit: Theme Park Review (YouTube)

    • My dad was in the Air Force and we were stationed at Misawa Air Base on the north tip of Honshu for a few years when I was a kid. I have many fond memories of Japan, and some not-so-fond ones, like getting lost and wandering the city alone at night trying and failing to communicate with strangers.

      Probably my best memories are of the incredible playgrounds. Japanese playground equipment — at least when I was there from 1989 to 91 — seemed to be designed primarily to elicit maximum thrills, with safety as more of a secondary or tertiary concern.

      One day a photographer from the base newspaper snapped this photo of my siblings and me having fun on the playground at the new elementary school that had just been built on the base. We called this thing a "cherry bumper". A few kids could sit inside, and then one or two could hang onto the outside and get it swinging at ludicrous speeds, with the goal typically being to make the top bars of the sphere bump as hard as possible against the supporting pole at the top.

      This was one of the safer playground features.

    • The Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum absolutely cannot be missed. It's a rotating series of ramen restaurants all together under one roof to celebrate the history of ramen, and the building is spectacular. It's decorated in what is my all-time favourite style: buildings made up to look like you're outside during the night-time, when you're really inside during the day-time. The restaurant area is made to look like a Tokyo neighbourhood circa the late 1950s, in honour of the invention of instant ramen.

      It's delicious _and_ whimsical — what more could we hope for?

      Here's a photo from a visit a few years back:

    • Woah! That's amazing. Is this looks-like-you're-outside-when-you're-really-inside style common in Japan? I've never seen it before.

    • My wife wants to do a tour of Asia next year, including some of Japan. Although I know there is more to it, I have always wanted to each sushi in Tokyo.

    You've been invited!