Tokyo Tales

Mac, founder and lead guide of Maction Planet with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame

This Week in Tokyo – 10 August 2021

Welcome to ‘This Week in Tokyo’, a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in the city. Hosted by Mac, our Founder and Lead Guide, you can check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the […]

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15 year Japaniversary - Takasaki City Museum of Art

15 Year Japaniversary!

15 years ago today I moved to Tokyo.  If we consider adult life starting from 18, the earliest point I could realistically have made decisions about my own residency, then I have now lived in Japan for 60% of that time.   The majority of my adult experience, the period of my life that I have […]

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’14th Anniversary of Moving to Tokyo’ Post

14 years ago today I moved to Tokyo.  I launched the Maction Planet website in February 2017. Since then I have written an anniversary post on each year on 20 February which is business-oriented, and have saved the 4 August posts for reflections of a more personal nature.  To say the travel and tourism industry […]

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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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13: Lucky for some as Mac, Founder of Maction Planet celebrates 13 years living in Tokyo

13: Lucky for some

4 August 2019 marks 13 years since Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, moved to Tokyo. He reflects on why he stayed here, despite initial plans to the contrary…  I’ve been telling guests that I’ve been here for 13 years for a while now but today it’s officially true! When I first moved […]

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Hitomawari: Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, celebrates 12 year anniversary

Hitomawari: 12 Years a Tokyoite

Today marks 12 years since Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, moved to Tokyo. He reflects on this symbolic anniversary with a look at the concept of Hitomawari. Hitomawari: One rotation. One journey. One more go around.   The word ‘hitomawari’ (一回り) is composed of hito = 1 and mawari = cycle. So, what […]

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Mac on Tokyo: Jonelle Patrick

Jonelle Patrick’s ‘Only In Tokyo’ mysteries raised the bar for Tokyo-based English-language fiction. A graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and Sisters In Crime, Jonelle gives her first ever in-depth interview exclusively to Maction Planet. Maction Planet: […]

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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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Mac, Founder of Action Planet Tokyo Private Tours

The Journey to Tokyo

Today marks 11 years since Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, moved to Tokyo. He reflects on his journey to a life in The World’s Greatest Metropolis. Today, 11 years ago, I moved to Japan. It really was today – it is once again Friday 4th August. It is a day when I like to reflect […]

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