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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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Tokyo Halloween 2018

Tokyo Halloween 2018

On Wednesday 31 October and Saturday 27 October 2018, Maction Planet were in Shibuya for one of the world’s biggest street parties – Tokyo Halloween 2018!  Tokyo’s Halloween celebrations have come a long way from the dearly-departed Yamanote Line Halloween Party. The last few years have seen the scariest night of the year get bigger […]

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Girl praying at Sensoji

This Week in Tokyo – 16 October 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 […]

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Maction Planet announces launch of Tokyo ON website

PRESS RELEASE: Maction Planet is excited to announce the launch of the Tokyo ON website, focusing on Japanese music and culture. Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 3rd 2018 – Maction Planet, which provides top-ranked fully customized private tours in Tokyo and beyond, is proud to announce the launch of the Tokyo ON website. In development for the […]

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Fans of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Ema Votive Tablet

Believe it to achieve it: Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2018 Votive Tablets

Mac here. With the season just around the corner, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Baseball Team recently dropped into the Meiji Jingu Shrine to wish for success in the 2018 season. A few days later I was there with guests uncovering evidence of their visit!   The Meiji Jingu Shrine gets thousands of visitors every day […]

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