April Japan Blog Matsuri: Slow Times in Japan


Here is this month’s Japan Blog Matsuri, with a bumper haul of sixteen entries, including a few new-to-me blogs, so I hope you all can find something new too.

First out of the trap is a fellow Kansai blogger, sleepytako, a name that already suggests slow times! His relaxation is getting gently boiled in various hot springs around the Kansai area, and the story also serves as a pointer to his rather useful Kansai Onsen Guide.

Next up is another Kansai resident, Harvey, who submitted an older post, but it’s about a walk I’ve always wanted to do myself, as I find disused railway lines fascinating. He walked a portion of the old Takarazuka to Sanda JR line.

Jamie at Frugalista Japan posted on not really a slow time, more a downright boring year in Yokkaichi, which I suspect might be near Tokyo, but it sounds far too dull to even bother looking up!

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There three guys above were the quickest to post, so I’ll give them the space above the fold, and I’ll cover the remaining entries a bit more quickly!

Deas of Rocking in Hakata manages to cover both Hello Kitty and shipbuilding talking about his home town of Imabari which seems even slower than Yokkaichi above. Billy from Tune In Tokyo describes a slow time with his wife in Okinawa. Muza-chan at the Gate to Japan has a super set of photos of Sensoji at night, one of which I show below.

Sensoji at night

Nick at the Long Countdown makes me even more jealous of his lazy internet entrepreneur life, and our man in abiko gets pissed and sleeps. Honor at TokyoTopia gets annoyed by random slowness in the busy metropolis and McAlpine of The Soul of Japan gets annoyed in the hot springs.

Yah! Back to Kansai with Janne In Osaka, who goes down the coast to Suma and Akashi.

Chris of i cjw deserves a whole blog post of his own for a review of his stories of mountain climbing that are both Slow and Fast Times! This time though was a relaxing summer hike with his usual stunning photographs. He should get a coffee table book deal for himself!

Shane at the Nihon Sun discusses slow Tokyo waiting for trains, waiting for wrapping, or just trying to fight through crowds. Hao at Instant Ramen photographs the Kansai Institute and the surrounding area near Kansai Airport. Brian at Gaijin Bash has a nice and simple before and after plum wine, and Blue Moon at Blue Lotus has a Slow Time in a love hotel!

Just three more to go now! Jon Allen, A Seoul Man in Tokyo, is not just slow, but comes to a dead stop in Aoyama cemetery. Harvey at Japan Newbie gets buried in hot sand, and last but not least sophielynette at Four Thousand Miles goes to a cat cafe (real cats, not cos-play!) in Akihabara.

Whew, that was a bit of an epic entry! Thanks to everyone who submitted, and we’ll hopefully see you all next month with Shane at Nihon Sun! Which reminds me, I nearly forgot my own Slow Time with cake!

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  1. Muza-chan said,
    April 25, 2009 @ 01:35

    Oops! It’s Muza-chan, not Muzu-chan… 🙂
    Thanks for featuring my photo!

  2. Deas said,
    April 25, 2009 @ 09:26

    Great job! Thanks for hosting this month’s matsuri. I’m reading through all the entries and commenting on them now. 🙂

  3. yaschan said,
    April 25, 2009 @ 13:31

    Very cool.

  4. Jon Allen said,
    April 25, 2009 @ 15:37

    Hi Ken, thanks very much for hosting the Marsuri this month and the link.
    I love disused railways line as well so I enjoyed Harvey’s post.
    I found a disused railway track running from near Okutama station (at the end of JR Ome line) up to the Okutama dam. I took a lot of photos that day. I must upload them sometime.
    There were some links in the comments on Harvey’s post to 3 or 4 websites with other locations to go exploring abandoned railway lines.

  5. April 25, 2009 @ 15:40

    Lovely job.

    (What Abiko thinks)

  6. Ken Y-N said,
    April 25, 2009 @ 23:35

    Thanks people, I fixed Muza-chan’s spelling, and found a few more mistakes that needed correction!

  7. Hao said,
    April 26, 2009 @ 08:43

    Great entries, all these slow times articles are making me want to relaxing for a while 😀

  8. Honor said,
    April 26, 2009 @ 23:52

    Hi Ken,

    It’s already been said but thanks for hosting the Matsuri. It’s my first one and it’s great to actually get my first article published. I kept meaning to join each Matsuri and then *poof* I’d missed the date! Finally I’ve got my act together : ) Some great articles! Personally I love Muza-chan’s story. That’s something I’ve got to do.

  9. Sophie said,
    April 28, 2009 @ 06:37

    Thank you for including me in this blog carnival! It’s my first one for this blog and it’s an honor to be listed among so many other great entries. I can’t wait to visit Japan again.

  10. McAlpine said,
    April 30, 2009 @ 11:09

    Nicely done!

  11. May 8, 2009 @ 07:14

    wonderful – thanks =) it’s amazing..

  12. May 8, 2009 @ 07:15

    hahah superr thnasnnnskks

  13. Max M said,
    September 9, 2009 @ 22:59

    Yess, I agree, don’t have too slow a time in Tokyo

  14. peter lau said,
    January 27, 2010 @ 17:54

    it’s really beautifull place and photo, thank;s and nice to know you.

  15. March 18, 2010 @ 16:26

    Amazing photo!!
    Very nicely taken. I love the light.

  16. Oyun1 said,
    September 13, 2010 @ 15:13

    thank you for good sharing.

  17. February 16, 2011 @ 12:37

    i heard from my friends that the best time to visit Japan is the spring festival, you can wear the japan special and traditional cloth, (i forgot what’s its name), and sitting on the grass to watch the fireworks.

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    April 25, 2009 @ 11:03

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