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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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Flying into a Action Planet Tokyo Private Tour

Tokyo Day: The Origins of ‘Edo’ and ‘Tokyo’

Today is Tokyo Day. Well, that’s what we are calling it here at Maction Planet. 3 September 1868 was the date that an Imperial proclamation changed the name of The World’s Greatest Metropolis from Edo to Tokyo. In honour of this, we look at the origins of the names Edo and Tokyo. Edo is often […]

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History of Kakigori: Amezake Kakigori enjoyed on a Maction Planet Tokyo Food Tour

An Ode to Kakigori

Kakigori. It’s just shaved ice, right? The simplest thing ever? As with almost everything in Japan, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Find out more as we take a look at the history of kakigori.  The history of kakigori, and ice desserts in general, at least that we currently know […]

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46000 in 1: Shiman-rokusennichi at Sensoji

July 10 is one of the most important days at Sensoji, the world’s most visited religious site. Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, discusses the history of the connected events happening around it, as enjoyed by our guests on their “Backstreets of Shitamachi” Tokyo Private Tour! Yesterday I spent an amazing day with Clare and Emma, our […]

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Hydrangea Mania

Today was a rare day off for the Maction Planet team, and we decided to spend it conducting some tourism! It really is in our DNA. So, off we went to Kamakura, one of our favourite ‘Beyond Tokyo‘ destinations, to see the Ajisai – Hydrangeas – at Meigetsu-in. As you can see from the photos, […]

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