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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2013

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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Cinco de Mayo Festival

There is a new major festival at Yoyogi Park Event Space. Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on May 3-4. There will be various food and entertainment from all over the Americas! You don’t want to miss it!

FAQ: Quick ways to find maps

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The fastest and easiest way to find a map of a location is to type in the name in the search box. For example, type “Napule” and you will get a link to Pizzeria Trattoria Napule.

If you don’t know the name or are searching for a certain type of location, you can enter keywords in a fashion similar to how you do with search engines. For example, you can type “italian omotesando” and you will get a list of locations related to italy in Omotesando, such as Italian restaurants. Of course you can do the same from your mobile phone. Bookmark on your mobile phone for future searches.

Any places you want a GMAP? Please let us know at

Hanami Spots! 花見スポット!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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It’s that time of the year again! A lot of cherry blossom viewing and drinking! We have mapped out a few parks to help people gather. Here they are! And aove is a shot of a Crane Fountain in Hibiya Park.

Yoyogi Park
Hibiya Park
Ueno Park
Shinjuku Gyoen
Shiba Park
Inokashira Park
Komazawa Olympic Park
Kinuta Park
Showa Memorial Park

Download these to your phone or just type in the park name from our PC/mobile site Use these to meet people and such. If you have any interesting photos, please send it us at!

For maps in Japanese


Dream Power John Lennon Super Live 2008: Dec 8

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

yoko ono1 Dream Power John Lennon Super Live 2008: Dec 8

A charity concert featuring Yoko Ono, Love Psychedelico, Ayaka, Char, Bonnie Pink, Tortoise Matsumoto and others. Funds go to building schools in Asia and Africa. Started in 2001, it has built some 75 schools in 18 countries.

When: December 8 (Monday) 19:00 (Doors open at 18:00)
Where: Nippon Budokan
Price: All seats 8,500yen

Dog Run in Yoyogi Park

Friday, August 15th, 2008

 Dog Run in Yoyogi Park

Shibuya Ward has created an excellent place in Yoyogi Park for dog owners. A large section inside the park has been set aside so that owners can play with their dogs and participate in many dog-related events. I have uploaded a photo of the area and as you can see, it is pretty well shaded. It’s also a great place to meet other dog lovers. Below is a video of the area.

Here is a site with information. It’s pretty good with photos, but it’s only in Japanese→

You have to register to use the space by calling 03-3409-6081. The location is in central field of the park, toward the cycling center. Here is a map → Yoyogi Park If you look at the map, the location will be near the toilet in the upper left corner of central field. Enjoy!


International Medical Facilities

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Below is a list of some of the popular international medical facilities in Tokyo. Please contact if there are any missing.

ACURA Acupuncture Clinic
Tokyo Skin Clinic
Aiiku Hospital
Cardiovascular Institute Hospital
Kita Aoyama Hospital
King Clinic
National Medical Clinic
Sanno Hospital
St. Luke’s International Hospital
Tokyo British Clinic
Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic


ShinKali Academy – The ShinCOW-li Boogie at the Pink Cow

Friday, August 8th, 2008

ShinKali is a combination of Philippine and Japanese martial arts. Here is a demonstration by Eainu at the Pink Cow.



Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008


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GMAP for the Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Hall

Paradise for children!

iPhone in Japan

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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As many of you know, iPhone went on sale today (July 11). According to reports, the first ones went on sale this morning at Softbank Omotesando. About 1500 people lined up the night before, so I am assuming all were sold pretty much immediately. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son was at the opening and declared that more people will start accessing the internet via iPhone than from computers. Other SoftBank shops started sales of the phone from noon today.

What interests me most about iPhone in Japan is how it will affect other handset makers and that it would give smart phones more exposure. Here is an interesting video comparing the iPhone with Samsung Instinct and LG Vu → Video. It’s a bit long, but worth watching.

Japan is arguably the toughest challenge for the iPhone. There are so many competitors here; Sharp, NEC, Panasonic, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu, Kyocera, Samsung to name a few. And I doubt they will stand idly by. Wonder how much effort Apple will put into the Japanese market. If it does succeed here (have to define what that is), then it would have done it where Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola have failed. Or maybe this is the kind of market iPhone is suited for. Maybe it is for a niche market, where Nokia targets a more broad one.

Many people have pointed out the many features of the iPhone. So, let me point out the major features it does not have. QR Code reader, onesegu (TV) and very importantly for the young crowd, infrared connections and often not mentioned, emoji. Also, those long fingernails make it difficult to use the touch screen! So, maybe it is not for the young girls in Shibuya.

It is always nice to have fresh ideas and new products. Like I said, I am most interested in the other handset makers’ reaction. And by the way, GMAPs look great on the iPhone! You can zoom in on our maps! Whoppeee!

We would very much like to hear your thoughts on the iPhone in Japan!


Saturday, May 31st, 2008