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Toyoiwa Inari Shrine in Ginza, Tokyo

This Week in Tokyo – 21 July 2020

Welcome to the another multi-venue ‘This Week in Tokyo’! ‘This Week in Tokyo’ is a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in the city. Check out photos from our adventures and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, […]

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“COSMIC GARDEN” by SANDRA CINTO installation at Hermes Tokyo

This Week in Tokyo – 14 July 2020

Welcome to the another multi-venue ‘This Week in Tokyo’! ‘This Week in Tokyo’ is a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in the city. Check out photos from our adventures and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, […]

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Inarin, the mascot of Toyokoawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin in Akasaka, Tokyo

This Week in Tokyo – 30 June 2020

Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, shares his adventures on his Maction-sanctioned socially-distanced walk around Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin on Monday 29 June 2020 in this week’s ‘This Week in Tokyo’!  Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin (豊川稲荷東京別院) is a Buddhist temple of the Soto Zen sect, which enshrines Toyokawa Dakini-shinten, also identified as the […]

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Dog and puppy statue at Suitengu Shrine in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

This Week in Tokyo – 23 June 2020

Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, shares his adventures on his Maction-sanctioned socially-distanced walk around Suitengu on Saturday 20 June 2020 in this week’s ‘This Week in Tokyo’!  Suitengu (水天宮) is located in the heart of Tokyo’s Shitamachi old town right next to Suitengumae station, the Tokyo Metro station name after it. The shrine […]

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Kaminarimon Thunder Gate of Sensoji Temple with no lantern - March 2020

An Ode to Kaminarimon: The incredible history of Sensoji’s famous Thunder Gate

The lantern of the Kaminarimon Thunder Gate of Sensoji was reinstalled today after having been removed for the first time in seven years for repair work! This is the perfect time to learn more about the historic ‘Thunder gate’ and its iconic lantern in Maction Planet’s definitive history of the Kaminarimon. The Kaminarimon (雷門, ‘Thunder […]

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The Ako Gishi Sai Festival and the 'story' of the 47 Ronin with the severed head of Lord Kira

The Ako Gishi Sai Festival and the ‘story’ of the 47 Ronin

On a sunny Saturday in December 2019, Mac embarked on a pilgrimage to Sengakuji Temple to pay his respects at the Ako Gishi Sai Festival of the 47 Ronin, the masterless samurai who embody the ultimate concept of loyalty… at least, that’s the story. We made a video of the festival! Learn more about this […]

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‘Rene Lalique - Modernity and Elegance’ at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum: Mantlepiece Lamp Faun (detail), 1931, Mould-pressed clear glass, satiné 

‘René Lalique – Modernity and Elegance’ at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Some of the best Art Deco glassware in the world can currently be enjoyed in Tokyo at an exhibition of the works of Rene Lalique (1860-1945), on display at the city’s most elegant art gallery, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Meguro.  Feature image: Mantlepiece Lamp Faun (detail), 1931, Mould-pressed clear glass, satiné Header image: Table […]

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Maction Planet at the Daijokyu, scene of the Daijosai, and at Inui Street in the Imperial Palace

The Daijokyu and Inui Street at the Imperial Palace

His Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan spent the evening of 14 November until the predawn of 15 November performing the Daijosai ritual, completing the last rite before acceding to the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the Daijokyu complex. Mac, our Founder and Lead Guide, visited the Daijokyu during its limited opening to the public. As a bonus, […]

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Tanabata wishes from Maction Planet

This Week in Tokyo – 9 July 2019

The latest edition of This Week in Tokyo – a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the city. Check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, and beyond. This […]

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Medetaiyaki at Kabukiza: Seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Food Tour

This Week in Tokyo – 11 December 2018

The latest edition of This Week in Tokyo – a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the city. Check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis. This week’s […]

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