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Robot Restaurant Redux

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

A lot has changed in the 3 years since we first visited the Robot Restaurant. The same week we originally reviewed the Robot Restaurant, Anthony Bourdain profiled it on Parts Unknown. It thereafter received a flurry of media coverage (what can we say–people love dancing robots!) and has even since been featured in commercials for Expedia and a […]

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum Review

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  11 Comments

This post reviews Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, which is located outside of Tokyo, Japan. In our review, we’ll offer photos of Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, our thoughts on the ramen, and whether it’s worth your time and money to go here while visiting Tokyo. On our last visit to Japan, we went to two ramen museums, including this one in […]

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Review: Is the Robot Restaurant Worth It?

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining, Points of Interest  •  24 Comments

Have you ever done LSD? Me neither. At least, that’s what I thought until I went to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, when I had an experience that can only be explained as an acid trip. What, exactly, the Robot Restaurant is (it really doesn’t involve food or robots) is sorta beyond description. The […]

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Fear & Kawaiing in Harajuku, Tokyo

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  10 Comments

“Psychedelics are almost irrelevant in a town where you can wander in a casino any time in the day or night and witness the crucifixion of a gorilla.” ~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I feel like that’s as good of a quote as any to set the tone for our review of […]

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Review: Is Tokyo Skytree Worth Doing?

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Tokyo, with an observatory and restaurant at its higher levels overlooking downtown Tokyo, and a large shopping structure at lower levels. This post provides tips and a review of what the Skytree complex has to offer. First, some basics. The Skytree is a relatively new addition to the […]

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Studio Ghibli Museum Review & Tips

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  13 Comments

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan is a tribute to Studio Ghibli’s many creations, and the technical & creative process of animation. It’s also one of the top tourist spots in Tokyo. This review features our thoughts on Ghibli Museum, including whether it’s worth the time, money, and effort to visit. One of the first things […]

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Nature’s Neon in Shinjuku, Japan

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Shinjuku is an interesting ward within Tokyo, Japan. By day, it’s a business district, where salarymen carrying suitcases, wearing trimly-cut suits scurry from meeting to meeting. It’s not all concrete and towering buildings, as people enjoy the natural world in Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the largest parks in Tokyo. As day turns to night, it’s […]

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Park Hyatt Tokyo Review

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  6 Comments

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. It’s one of the nicest hotels in Tokyo, and one of the most famous hotels in the world due to its prominence in Lost in Translation, a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. In this review, we’ll feature room photos of the Park […]

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50% Grey Dodge-Burn Layer Photography Tip

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  10 Comments

Today I wanted to focus on a new technique I recently learned that provides a way to non-destructively dodge and burn in Photoshop. For those unfamiliar with the dodge/burn tools, they are ways to extend the dynamic range in a single image in Photoshop, but the problem is that they normally a “destructive” ways to […]

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Fukuro No Mise Owl Cafe Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining, Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Fukuro No Mise is a popular Owl Cafe in Tokyo, Japan where you literally dine and interact with a variety of owls. This review features photos of the owl cafe, and answers the question whether it’s worth the money. Animal cafes are a distinctly “Japanese” experience, with a variety of different animals, from cats to […]

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