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Joe Peters
Tokyo
Expert on business in Japan - recruiting (headhunting), Direct Marketing, and helping others get their business set up in Japan
Interests: travel, golf, wine
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Tanabata – The Star Festival Today, July 7th, is the day Japanese celebrate the Tanabata (Star) Festival. It’s not an official holiday, but it has been popular in Japan since the 8th century when it was imported from China. This festival celebrates the love of Princess Orihime, the seamstress, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Tokyo Heart
San Francisco - a city loved by millions, but it sure could use some cleaning up. We have met and talked to a lot of people over the years who have visited San Francisco. Many have told us how much they loved their visit here. San Francisco has been, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Tokyo Heart
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Tokyo Heart
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Will the Koenji shops survive without new staff? Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Tokyo Heart
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The mountain forest cabin had been deserted for nearly three months when we arrived on a chilly and rainy night. The cabin was cold, but we soon had a blazing flame hissing in the main room's oil heater. As the cabin warmed up I toured the rooms to make sure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Tokyo Heart
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According to Mr. Hidenori Sakanaka, former director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and Executive Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, Japan has a thousand year history of being closed to immigrants. At a press conference held at the Foreign Correspondents Club on May 12, 2016 Sakanaka, who is sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Tokyo Heart
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I was surprised today when a couple of Japanese friends told me they've never heard the "chin chin" song. Chin Chin is what little boys call their penis. It's like say "wienie" or "pee pee" for American (and perhaps some European) kids. The song came out in 1969. I was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at Tokyo Heart
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A Japanese superstition says if you see a spider in the morning, it means good luck so you shouldn't kill it. Guess I'm going to have some Giant Luck today! Saw this monster on my office steps on the way in this morning. Not sure what it is - just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Tokyo Heart
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An old friend in Tokyo once told me that he is convinced the brains of Japanese are reversed compared to westerners' brains. Thus, the propensity to stand on the left and walk on the right of escalators (except in Osaka where the opposite is true, but Osaka is trying to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Tokyo Heart
We've visited Rikugien in Bunkyo Ward before and thoroughly enjoyed our walk through this serene garden park. With that walk firmly in mind we set out for the 30 minute drive to Bunkyo Ku (Ward) to enjoy this warm and sunny autumn day with a repeat walk and a view... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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Most tourists to Tokyo hit the high spots of Asakusa, Ginza, Tokyo Tower, and see the Imperial Palace grounds. If you want to leave the tourist spots behind and get a taste of the real Tokyo though head for Asagaya in Suginami Ward on the northwest side of the city.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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At the shrines, and in many shops, you’ll see roly-poly dolls with blank eyes (if they are for sale) or one eye painted black (if they are on display and owned by the shop). These rotund dolls are known as Daruma (Dharma) and are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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Friend and Digital Design, Branding, and Strategy Guru, Lance Shields will be in Tokyo in late July. Lance will hold a luncheon seminar for ACCJ members and guests, but he is also open to some private - or other public - "showings" if anyone is interested. Contact Lance at: lance@ideasindigital.com... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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We were driving along Itsukaichi-kaido (the road that leads to Fussa) today and as we passed by a side road I noticed an elderly lady half sitting, half lying, at the side of that road with a bicycle lying on top of her. I made the first possible U-turn and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
Golden Week - that period of many holidays in Japan - is upon us! For some, the long holiday period started on April 29 (Tuesday) and will stretch through Sunday, May 11. A "hearty" few even took April 28th off, giving them 16 days of vacation time with only 7... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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I have a friend who always used the euphemism, “going to the Toto,” whenever he was headed for the men’s room. He called it that because Toto is one of the most famous toilet and urinal makers in Japan. (Toto is the abbreviation of Tōyō Tōki which means oriental ceramics.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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I had a lot of fun filming an episode about the decorated trucks of Japan for the Travel Channel. Below is the story I wrote about the experience. The rumble of powerful engines, air perfumed by diesel exhaust, bright lights flashing in the night: all ambrosia to the senses of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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(Photo: our little ceramic village on our patio table) It's always amazing to those who are from areas of the world where snow is common to see the chaos a bit of snow raises in Tokyo. The city is just totally unprepared to even the smallest amounts of snow. Drivers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
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Washi is handmade paper and is typically made from the fibers of one of three types of bushes; gampi, mitsumata, or paper mulberry. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Tokyo Heart
Coffee - the sort that is ready to drink - is available all over Japan. If you're a Starbucks fan you'll find shops in most major cities and even a few drive-throughs along the roads. Then there's Tully's and even a branch or so of Seattle's Best. Doutor is a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Tokyo Heart
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Despite the cloudy skies we decided to take a drive to Tsuchiura yesterday - why not - never been there. Only about 75 km to the northeast of our side of Tokyo, Tsuchiura City turned out to be not so interesting, but we didn't actually cruise the whole town. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Tokyo Heart
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When you get this postcard in the mail it's time to renew your driver's license in Japan. According to the card it's possible to renew one month before, or up to one month after, your birthday. I elected to go on my birthday so postcard and current license in hand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Tokyo Heart
In a very small survey (okay, it was just one question) I did on Facebook, I wondered why nearly 100% of the population in Japan holds up one - or sometimes both - hand(s) in the "peace" sign when having their photo taken. One FB Friend said it was started... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Tokyo Heart
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On June 22nd Mt. Fuji was designated as a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Mt. Fuji was designated a “cultural” rather than “natural” site and registered under the title “Mt. Fuji: Object of Worship, Wellspring of Art.” Per Wikipedia, a Cultural World Heritage Site represents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Tokyo Heart
Thanks - very useful information from your blog too. One question - my understanding is that the fine applies to each person in the car, not only the driver. Have you hear of that? Regards, Joe Peters
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2013 on Renewing your driver's license at Tokyo Heart
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