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  • Tottori Sand Dunes: An Adventure in the Japanese Desert

    Tottori Sand Dunes: An Adventure in the Japanese Desert

    Yes, Japan has a desert compete with camels, sane dunes and … a world class art museum with sand sculptures! This time, John heads to this barren wasteland devoid of vending machines for a taste of the Sahara – in […]

  • Way of the Samurai: Spochan PART 1

    Way of the Samurai: Spochan PART 1

    Recently I’ve been taking a closer look at Japan through a new window. Bushido is the way of the samurai and sword play is considered by some as one level. In Japan, there’s kendo, a sport with long sticks that […]

  • Mos Burger: The Japanese Burger Experience with extra OMOTENASHI!

    Mos Burger: The Japanese Burger Experience with extra OMOTENASHI!

    Recently, I got a chance to produce a video with a fantastic team to highlight Mos Burger’s famous “Mos Burger” (the one named after the restaurat) from my own point of view. You see, in Japan, there is a concept […]

  • Cat on the roof

    A Visit to Tokyo’s Cat Cafe Temari no Ouchi in Kichijoji

    A lot of viewers have been asking me to do an episode on a “cat cafe”. I finally started doing some research on it and found that Tokyo has more than 30 cat cafes! I knew they were popular, but […]

  • Animated Gif of Tetsudo Now in action!

    Follow Live Map of Tokyo Trains / Subway

    Tokyo is full of trains. The city is always moving and so is this map! I discovered “tetsudo now” just last week and I find myself looking at it often in amazement. 鉄道NOW / “Tetsudo Now” URL:  http://www.demap.info/tetsudonow/ Here’s an […]

  • Photo credit Yahoo! News Japan

    BATMAN unmasked in Japan. His name is … chi-BATMAN

    BATMAN discovered in Japan. His name is … chiBATMAN Chiba (the prefecture next to Tokyo) + Batman = CHIBATMAN He was discovered riding his three wheeled motorbike on a highway recently by a smart phone user. The video went viral […]

  • Kit Kat Chocolatory Shop in Ikebukuro

    Kit Kat Chocolatory Shop in Ikebukuro

    I dropped by the Kit-Kat Chocolatory store in Ikebukuro’s Seibu Department Store this week. I had heard a lot about it, especially since Kit Kat’s are quite popular in Japan for their amazing(ly wierd) variety of flavors. In the past, […]

  • ONLY in JAPAN Facebook Page Updated

    ONLY in JAPAN Facebook Page Updated

    Today, I’ve touched up the banner and added some more information to make the Facebook page a better experience. >> http://facebook.com/onlyinjapantv << This is a great place to contact me for sending episode ideas, giving feedback and sharing your own […]

  • The Wasabi Guide: Japan’s Superfood Condiment

    The Wasabi Guide: Japan’s Superfood Condiment

    If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through the nose. Some call it Japanese horseradish because of that. It dawned on me that after many years […]

  • Snow Bathing: The Japanese Winter Onsen Experience at Takaragawa

    Snow Bathing: The Japanese Winter Onsen Experience at Takaragawa

    I got the chance to visit one of the popular onsen in the Kanto area called TAKARAGAWA ONSEN 宝川温泉 recently. It’s located in Gunma prefecture about 2 hours by bus and train from Tokyo. It’s become quite famous with foreign […]

  • 2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan

    2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan

    It looks like spring is almost here and that means we’re about to get ready for Sakura Fever throughout Japan! Many news outlets are already showing buds on trees in the warmer areas of the country. Here’s the latest prediction […]

  • Snapshot after my location shoot and interview with Mumbai Anime Club at Leaping Windows Cafe in Mumbai.

    Cool Japan and Japanese Culture in India

    Last week, I traveled to India to make a show about Japanese culture there. India is a developing country with one of the world’s biggest populations, but it’s also cultural powerhouse in its region like Japan is for East Asia. […]

  • ONLY in JAPAN on TBS「ひるおび」

    ONLY in JAPAN on TBS「ひるおび」

    TBS 「ひるおび」, a popular mid morning show from 11:00 to 13:53 every weekday showcased ONLY in JAPAN on 1/16/2013 (Thursday). This is the highlight clip. The story went together with the news that Japan had 1o million foreign visitors in 2013. […]

  • 産経新聞の一面!「ONLY in JAPAN」& ジョン・ドーブ Makes Front Page News!

    産経新聞の一面!「ONLY in JAPAN」& ジョン・ドーブ Makes Front Page News!

    広がれ、クールジャパン 外国人が魅力発信 ■奇祭・トイレ・漫画喫茶ネットで続々 産経新聞 1月14日(火)7時55分配信 I was pretty shocked that the article was on the front page! It’s great to get some attention for the effort of promoting Japan to the world! The article is online here: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/news/140114/trd14011407310001-n1.htm   日本の魅力を日本に住む外国人の視点で発信する動きが広がっている。祭りやトイレ、漫画喫茶といった独自の文化を紹介するインターネット番組などを制作。外国人旅行者の呼び込みにつながりそうだ。 NHKの国際放送のリポーターなどとして活躍する米国人、ジョン・ドーブさん(39)は日本の教育関連企業「ワオ・コーポレーション」(大阪)とともに、日本の文化や風習などを紹介する番組「ONLY in JAPAN」を作った。取り上げたのは岡山の奇祭・裸祭りや日本のトイレの魅力など15テーマ。ドーブさんは「オタクや原宿ファッションだけでなく、面白いところがたくさんある」と話す。 番組は昨年2月から日本の文化を海外に紹介するインターネット放送局「WAO!流JAPAN」で順次、放送された。 […]

  • The local TOKAIDO LINE train connecting Tokyo with Shizuoka stops at Fuji Station in route.

    Travel JR Trains on the Cheap

    If you’re a foreign visitor on a tourist visa, the Japan Rail pass is a dream come true! It offers unlimited travel on Japan’s super fast Shinkansen “Bullet Train” network. If you’re coming to Japan and plan to visit even […]

  • Naked Man Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) Complete Report for 2015

    Naked Man Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) Complete Report for 2015

    Are you planning to participate in the 2015 Naked Man Festival (Hadaka Matsuri)? Here’s the Complete Report for the Naked Man Festival. I participated in the 2013 festival and it was … amazing! It’s possible to go it alone and […]

  • Happy New Year! The Samurai Split 年賀状 for 2014

    Happy New Year! The Samurai Split 年賀状 for 2014

    Every year at the end of December, Japanese send a New Year’s care to their friends, family and co-workers called “Nenga-jyo” (年賀状) The cards often have photos of the family, a traditional Japanese design and maybe a short message. The […]

  • Mt Fuji Eclipse

    Mt Fuji Eclipse

    Every year in November, Japanese tourists head to Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) where the sun sets to create a “diamond effect” similar to eclipses. Photographers try to find the right spot — just look for the crowd and you can be sure […]

  • ACDC Rags in Harajuku

    ACDC Rags in Harajuku

    Our shoot for “Harajuku Fashion: Takeshita Street Adventure” no.12 was a lot of fun! What made the shoot memorable were the staff at ACDC Rags who not only help us out with the shoot by letting us film in their […]

  • Welcome to “ONLY in JAPAN”

    Welcome to “ONLY in JAPAN”

    Although I launched the show in February 2013, the website is only getting started today. The first 15 episodes were produced with WAO! <RYU> JAPAN and are on TV in California, Singapore and Vietnam. The first season of shows will […]