Archive for March, 2009

Hanami Spots! 花見スポット!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

HI370210 Hanami Spots! 花見スポット!
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


Shangri-La Hotel enters the Japanese Market

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Amid the world economic crisis, Shangri-La Hotel has finally entered the Japanese market. On March 2, following a lion dance ceremony, the doors opened to guests of honor and hotel employees. The 202-room hotel will occupy the top 11 floors of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building and include Italian restaurant Piacere, Japanese restaurant Nadaman, lobby lounge and horizon club lounge.

The hotel is located right next to Tokyo Station; the latest addition to the Marunouchi area. The hotel will offer “Discover Shangri-La” until April 12, 2009. During this time, you can stay in a deluxe room for 110,000yen a night (tax and service charge not included). Rates usually begin at 56,000yen a night.

Within a few short years, the Tokyo Station area has added Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building, TOKIA, Four Seasons Hotel, etc. This is not to mention The Peninsula Hotel and Yurakucho ITOCiA nearby. If this economic situation continues, we may be looking at a ghost town.

On an interesting note, Shangri-La has suspended plans to open a hotel in Chicago, Tokyo’s rival city for hosting the 2016 Olympics. Good luck Shangri-La.

Shangri-La Hotel Map

Tokyo Anime Fair 2009: March 18-21 (Wed-Sat)

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Japan is a superpower in the animation world and its largest city will hold its annual fair this week. There were 289 companies including 79 from overseas last year. Head out to Big Sight if you are an anime fan!

Big Sight Area Map
Big Sight up close
Date: March 18-21 (Wednesday-Saturday)
Exhibitor List