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Adrian Francis, Australian Filmmaker and director of Paper Moon, a documentary about the survivors of the Tokyo Firebombing

Mac on Tokyo: Adrian Francis

Filmmaker Adrian Francis is currently in the final stages of producing ‘Paper City’, a documentary telling the story of three survivors of the horrific 1945 Tokyo Firebombing who are fighting to leave behind a record of this forgotten tragedy – before the last of them passes away. To finish the film in time for a 2020 […]

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Sony Dog Aibo celebrating New Year 2020

This Week in Tokyo – 28 January 2020

Welcome to the final ‘This Week in Tokyo’ of January 2020. ‘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 tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s […]

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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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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: The History of Japan’s Votive Tablets

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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