All About Japan

David McElhinney

David McElhinney

All About David McElhinney
I'm a Northern Irish English Teacher and freelance writer living in Tokyo. I love reading, exercising, playing video games and travelling around Japan when I get the chance. I spend much of my time eating Japanese food and wrestling with my dodgy Japanese language skills.
What I like about Japan
The food, the shochu, the sake and aimlessly wandering the sprawling alleyways of Tokyo.
Enjoy Cross-Cultural Festivals at Yoyogi Park

Enjoy Cross-Cultural Festivals at Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is one of the largest and most popular of Tokyo's green spaces, and is a hotspot for events that celebrate culture from Japan and around the globe. Here's a quick guide on the various cross-cultural celebrations in Yoyogi over a year.

Jimbocho: Tokyo's Town of Literature & Art

Jimbocho: Tokyo's Town of Literature & Art

Tokyo's historic Jimbocho neighborhood is a melting pot of creative pursuits. With bookstores, libraries, art galleries, music shops and theaters, it's a must-visit destination for the artistically inclined!

Ghostly Tales from Japanese Folklore

Ghostly Tales from Japanese Folklore

Japan has many old ghost stories that are still being told today. With Halloween on the horizon we thought it would be appropriate to share some of the best of these spooky tales handed down throughout the ages!

Tokyo's New Seafood Paradise: Toyosu Market

Tokyo's New Seafood Paradise: Toyosu Market

Now that Tsukiji has closed its doors and the operation has moved to Toyosu, we decided to check out how the new market in Tokyo Bay was shaping up. And we weren't disappointed!

2018 Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit

2018 Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit

The Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit is one of Japan's biggest and best annual sporting events. But the fun goes way beyond the race itself, offering up an entertaining mix of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

All About's Guide to Sapporo

All About's Guide to Sapporo

Sapporo is Hokkaido Prefecture's vibrant and eclectic capital city. Its varied climate and laid back-vibe make it one of the nation's most interesting tourist destinations in any season!

5 Classy Cocktail Hideouts in Ginza

5 Classy Cocktail Hideouts in Ginza

Japan is known for its artisanal, creative flair in the culinary industry, which naturally jumped into the world of making cocktails. Tokyo's Ginza area is at the forefront of this thriving cocktail scene, and here are some places to enjoy it!

All About's Guide to Ramen

All About's Guide to Ramen

Ramen has gained a legendary culinary status worldwide, and we're here to help you understand why. So let's learn all about ramen!

Tokyo's Bizarre Architectural Wonders

Tokyo's Bizarre Architectural Wonders

There's no doubt that Tokyo is an architectural marvel! But with so many buildings, there's bound to be a few that stand out for their unique design. Check out these five examples of Tokyo's most bizarre architectural wonders!

Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu

Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu

Huis Ten Bosch is a lovingly recreated Dutch town in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture. Its unique design, plethora of attractions and cultural history make it one of Japan's most interesting theme parks.

Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo

Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo

In an era where gaming is no longer a niche hobby, there are some who still crave the classic, retro games of yesteryear. Thankfully Tokyo contains a plethora of treasure troves when it comes to classic video games, and we're here to help you find them!

5 Totally Awesome Tokyo Alleyways

5 Totally Awesome Tokyo Alleyways

Tokyo's 'yokocho' alleyways offer some of the best nightlife experiences in the city. If you're looking for some down-to-earth drinking dens, we've got five that are ideal for an evening of bar hopping.

Spend the Evening 'Lost in Translation'

Spend the Evening 'Lost in Translation'

If you've ever wanted to recreate the iconic scenes from the widely acclaimed film 'Lost in Translation,' look no further. These spots in Tokyo were used as locations for five scenes in this bittersweet tale of missed connection.

Rikugien Garden: A Paradise Fit for a Daimyo

Rikugien Garden: A Paradise Fit for a Daimyo

Need a break from the high-octane city life of Tokyo? Why don't you take a stroll through this tranquil garden, a peaceful haven in stark contrast to the city buzzing by outside?

Stranger than Fiction: 5 True Tales from Tokyo

Stranger than Fiction: 5 True Tales from Tokyo

Want to learn more about Tokyo? These 5 nonfiction novels examine different aspects of Japanese life and culture in the country and its colorful capital.

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