Norikchika Aoki returns to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

Legendary outfielder Norichika Aoki is returning to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on a ¥1bn three-year contract. Aoki, now 36, was a mainstay of the Swallows batting lineup from 2005 to 2011. Born in Miyazaki prefecture, Aoki was actually a pitcher during high school. When he entered Waseda University, he converted to an outfielder. Aoki was part […]

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Maction Planet x Shochu.Pro Hanami 2017: The Movie

Maction Planet x Shochu.Pro Hanami 2017: The Movie

On Sunday 2 April 2017, Maction Planet and Shochu.Pro held a Cherry Blossom party, a hanami, in Yoyogi Park. The event was a sell-out success. We had guests from all over the world enjoying draft craft beer from Baird Beer and a selection of 10 different shochus curated by shochu expert Christopher Pellegrini. The weather […]

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JR Ski Ski advertising spotted on a Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour

Tokyo ON #030: Ski Ski

Thursday 25th January 2018 was the coldest day in Tokyo in 48 years. With the recent heavy snow hitting the World’s Greatest Metropolis, Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong spins a topical selection of skiing themed tunes from Japanese film and TV. Featuring songs from the 60’s through to today, we take a look at […]

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‘Roads of Arabia’ at the Tokyo National Museum

Mac here. I was honoured to be invited to the Roads of Arabia Exhibition press day at the Tokyo National Museum, held today.   The exhibition presents treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which span over one million years from the Paleolithic to the 20th Century CE, for the first time in Japan. However, […]

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SNOWKYO – 30 Photos of Tokyo’s Ueno Park Winter Wonderland

Not even the first official heavy snow warning in 4 years will stop Maction Planet from heading out and about in the World’s Greatest Metropolis. Snow does happen in Tokyo, but rarely settles. Not this time. It has been falling all day in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefectures. The Kanto Plain is being blanketed with heavy […]

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Floating Sakura, official image of the Maction Planet x Shochu Pro Hanami 2018

Maction Planet x Shochu.Pro Hanami 2018

Following the success of last year’s event, Maction Planet and Shochu.Pro are collaborating again to hold an exclusive hanami party to celebrate cherry blossom season in Tokyo. The party will be held in Yoyogi Park on Saturday 31 March 2018 from 12:00-16:00. Tickets to the event will include the following: Unlimited all-you-can-drink Shochu from a […]

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Yanick Paquetter talks to Mac, lead guide and founder of Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tours

Mac on Tokyo: Yanick Paquette

Yanick Paquette is a comic book legend. He began his career in 1994, and his work has graced titles such as JLA, Wonder Woman, Gambit, Ultimate X-Men, Seven Soldiers and Swamp Thing. Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, spoke to Yanick about the best-selling Wonder Woman Earth One, his experiences working with some […]

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Giant Buddha with family from Chile on a Maction Tokyo Private Tour

When should we visit Tokyo?

Mac here. Amongst the many questions I receive from prospective visitors to The World’s Greatest Metropolis, one of the most common is “When should we visit Tokyo?”. There are plenty of webpages, blog posts and YouTube videos out there devoted to answering this. Almost all of them will come to the cliched conclusion that the […]

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Kanda Myojin Shrine visited on a Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour

Tokyo ON #029: In with the New

Welcome to 2018 as we ring in the new with Tokyo ON! As always, Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong has selected a… err… selection of the hottest sounds doing the rounds in Tokyo from the likes of PUNPEE, DADARAY and 女王蜂. In between spinning tunes he discusses the artists on the tape, the Japanese love […]

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Star Wars in Tokyo: Tokyu Toyoko Line Train Melodies 2017

There are many reasons why Tokyo is the World’s Greatest Metropolis, and one of them is the train melodies that play as trains are about to leave stations. These jingles serve a few different purposes, alerting boarding passengers that doors are about to close and providing sighting passengers with a last reminder that they had […]

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