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Mac, Founder of Maction Planet and Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong with Okawara Kentaro

This Week in Tokyo – 12 March 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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Omikuji at Joshinji Kohonbutsu

This Week in Tokyo – 28 August 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, hosted […]

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Sumo Ema seen on Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour

An Ode to Ema

Ema are small wooden votive tablets used by worshippers to write down their prayers, requests or gratitude and offer them up to the deities enshrined in the religious site. Ema provide a medium through which people can externalize and express their innermost fears and worries, and seek solace and support, ‘turning to the gods in times […]

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An Ode to Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), literally the Doll Festival but commonly known as Girl’s Day, is held on March 3rd every year. It’s the day when families pray for and celebrate the happiness and prosperity of their girls. We take a look at the history, customs and foods surrounding this colourful day. The History of the Hinamatsuri Like […]

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Sun shines behind an ume plum blossom seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour

An Ode to Ume: Plum Blossom

Blossoms are one of Japan’s most iconic images. Though the sakura cherry blossoms are the most well known, they aren’t the only trees to produce beautiful flowers for a brief but lovely time. Dakota and Mac wax lyrical about the joys of ume – plum blossom. [All photos taken by Mac on his trusty Samsung […]

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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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A Brief History of Japan’s Railways

Here at Maction Planet we believe, like many, that Japanese trains are the best in the world. When better to wax lyrical about their greatness than today. 14 October is Railway Day – Tetsudo no hi (鉄道の日) – in Japan. We celebrate with a look at the history of the world’s greatest railway network. Whether […]

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Rachel Leng preparing for the Shingawa Shukuba Matsuri, watched on a Backstreets of Tokyo Tour

Mac on Tokyo: Rachel Leng on her Oiran Transformation

On 23rd September 2017 Rachel Leng became the first non-Japanese person to participate as an Oiran in the 27th Annual Shinagawa Shukuba Festival. We featured her in a ‘Mac on Tokyo’ interview before the parade, in which she discussed her selection and the preparation and training involved. We met up with her again to find […]

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In This Corner of the World, favourite film of the Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour team

In This Corner of the World

‘In This Corner of the World’, the most important film to come out of Japan in 2016, gets its domestic DVD and Blu-ray release today. We take a detailed look at this anime classic. Our guests regularly ask us, either before, during or after their visit to The World’s Greatest Metropolis, for advice on what […]

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Mac on Tokyo: Rachel Leng

Mac on Tokyo: Rachel Leng

On September 23, Rachel Leng will become the first ever non-Japanese to participate as an Oiran in the 27th Annual Shinagawa Shukuba Festival. Rachel graduated with scholarships from Harvard and Duke Universities. She is a multi-award winning writer and is regularly invited to speak at top universities and professional organizations. She is also a 2013 […]

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