Tokyo Sky Tree open

The world’s tallest tower is now open to the world to visit after almost 4 years of construction with 580000 workers costing a total of roughly 65 billion yen for the tower alone.

The construction of the tower actually finished on the 29th of February earlier this year after a two month delay due to the earthquake but it’s today on the 22nd of May that they have actually allowed people to enter.

The main attractions are the two observation platforms at 350 meters (1148 feet) and 450 meters (1476 feet) as well as the restaurant with the best view of Tokyo, in fact, even better than Tokyo Tower which is only 333 meters (1093 feet) and only served as an observation tower to the public.

Since they are expecting to see about a hundred thousand visitors every week for the time being they have implemented the idea of having their visitors reserve their tickets rather than show up only to find out that it’s full. So, the only way to get a ticket for the Tokyo Sky Tree until the 11th of July this year is by reserving one on their website.


More photos here.


The truth about seiyuu

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Jeff’s Entry – Japanese Language Schools

Almost a month ago, out of no where, Dan just asked me what I thought about going abroad to Japan to attend a Japanese Language School. I’ve seen Ciaela’s videos of her attending NILS (a Japanese Language School in Japan) so I’ve considered the option but I haven’t given it much thought. So when he got home we got on Skype and we started to research. Finding a good JLS (Japanese Language School) was tough considering we can’t really learn much from a webpage and when we googled “Japanese Language School” it came up with schools based in Australia which isn’t exactly what we’re looking for.

After about half an hour of searching we sort of gave up. We DID find one JLS that was based in Japan but it was last updated in 2010 so we considered it as unreliable. We eventually gave in and looked up NILS and despite it’s dodgy website URL, it looked great ( It had a range of programs which pretty much just varied in duration. There’s also tonnes of information on school itself as well as visas and basic living information. It was very helpful and definitely the best one we’ve found yet. Dan actually sent in an inquiry to NILS and got a very detailed respond later that day from Tanaka.

The reason why the both of us thought that attending a JLS in Japan would be a great idea was that we were going to apply for a Japanese course in University in Australia but where’s a better place to learn Japanese than Japan? There’s that reason along with the fact that we have absolutely no idea what sort of course we’d like to pursue in University that could lead to a job that we’d enjoy. Even though we do have almost an entire year to decide, we’ve got our minds set on the idea of a JLS in Japan.

With the thought of being away from home for 2 years (our desired length for the program) we knew that we’d have to think it through. Being the person I am, I already started to work out the plausibility of the idea and whether or not we would be able to live there without worries about money. So I plotted out living expenses using the information on the website and the information Tanaka sent us and worked out we needed around $10000 AUD a year. Possibly more since it’s pretty unpredictable on the matter of how much money we’d splurge on random crap but that was the idea. We’ve been told through the inquiry that we’re allowed to work there and most students actually earn quite a hefty amount of cash from it. Seemed like a great idea but none of us have actually worked outside our family businesses, let alone a factory but I suppose we’ll be willing to try that in order to lighten the burden of our parents paying for most of the expenses.

Speaking of parents, being away for two years. I’m pretty sure we’ll need to consult our parents on our decision of what we want to do after High School in terms of education. Dan was set on the thought that he has to tell his parents as soon as possible. Since he knows they won’t approve, this way he’ll have a longer period of time to persuade them. Little did I know, he told them the night that we set our minds on going to a JLS in Japan. I didn’t really understand the hurry to get it out that early especially before thinking of good reasons to persuade them first. Oh well, I’ll tell my parents eventually but like hell I’m going to tell them now.

So that’s pretty much the story but we still have a lot of thinking to do, I mean, we’re going to Japan a few months before JLS classes start. Does that mean anything? Is it going to some how affect our plans? We’re not sure yet but it going to a JLS in Japan is unmistakably a great idea.


Jeff’s Entry – People spend their time in Japan differently

I’ve seen this video being passed around countless times in the past week or so since the video has been uploaded all on different websites so I thought I’d give my own say on it. Although it is nice to see his work gain the attention that it deserves. Anyways, Mark Bramley says that he was in Tokyo for only TWO DAYS! There’s two things that I things I see wrong about that.

  1. When you go to Japan, why only two days?
  2. How the hell did he manage to take 10000 photos in two days?!

I’ve had my Canon EOS 7D for about a year and a half by now. This camera is shared among myself, my dad and my brother who frequently uses it to make Youtube videos and together we’ve only taken 9290 photos (IT’S OVER 9000!!). 9290 photos seems like a lot but he managed to take more photos than we have in 200 times less time! Although he did use the photos to construct multiple time lapse clips so I can understand where the 10000 photos went but accomplishing that in 2 days is amazing. I can’t even film a measly 10 minute school project in a week but he some how he films one of the best 3 minute videos of Tokyo nightlife I’ve ever seen in only two days! Most of the clips were taken at night so I can only imagine him running around like mad to find the next place to take photos. Hopefully he at least explored Tokyo a little during the day before he ran around at night to make this video.

Oh yeh, his camera. *drools* Yeh, I’d definitely trade mine for one of those. The EOS 7D pretty much just takes photos faster while his Mark II dominates my camera in terms of photo quality which is pretty much what most of us are looking for in a camera, am I right?

Now, Mike Matas on the other hand also went to Japan but for one week and took over 4000 photos. I haven’t seen this video circulate around the Internet as much but it’s definitely worth a mention. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen of a tourist couple travelling across Japan. It could be the music, it could be the photos, it could be just how he presented it or it could be his girlfriend *wink wink*. Either way, it was a great video overall and I’d strongly suggest you watch it.

Mike Matas used the same camera as Mark Bramley. Mmmm, I’m starting to see a pattern here.

So, time to compare the way these two (or three) people spent their time in Japan. One person used their time to make a brilliant time lapse of the nightlife in Tokyo. The other compiles thousands of photos of everyday life as a tourist in Japan with his girlfriend. So clearly, people have different reasons for visiting Japan whether it’s for work, family, a holiday, student exchange or education. Although, what they have to show for it will always vary from person to person which is what makes every picture/blog/video from a person in Japan unique.


Japanese Government cancel offer of free tickets to Japan

You better sit down, this may be a shock. So some of you may already know this but it appears that the Japanese Government have withdrawn their offer of 10000 free tickets to Japan. From what I’ve gathered, this is due to priority. It’s understandable that they’d want to cancel this offer to redirect the funds into the clean up of the earthquake and tsunami. After all, it did cause a lot of damage and repairing roads, cleaning up and rebuilding costs a lot of money.

We (JD) are as disappointed as you are right now. 10000 free tickets to Japan seemed too good to be true. To be able to shed thousands of dollars off our budget would have been amazing. Although the Japan National Tourism Organisation have encouraged us to continue to plan our holidays to Japan as places such as Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Hiroshima and Hakone weren’t affected by the tsunami nor the earthquake.

Anyways, I hope you all continue to plan your trips to Japan as we are. Also, don’t forget that the year is coming to a close so have a Happy New Year!