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Street Legal Go-Karts… Only in akiba

On last week’s Tokyo Eye (NHK World, every Wednesday 9:30pm GMT) they featured some excellent alternative transport for getting around Tokyo, and in Akihabara you can rent street legal go karts to make your way around town. At the time of watching it was 2000¥ for an hour which they said was about enough time to drive to Ueno and back.

More details on their blog if you read Japanese http://ameblo.jp/akibacart/
Alternatively Kotaku have a post up here http://kotaku.com/rent-go-karts-in-tokyos-geekiest-neighborhood-476415858

Unfortunately NHK World doesn’t have catch up, but you can watch some shows online. If you’re interested in anything at all Japanese it’s worth taking a look at their schedule (and a lot of the shows are interesting even if you’re not specifically into The Japanese aspect)

Schedule here http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/genre/index.html

A festival of cute?

Watching NHK we often discover festivals and events we would otherwise miss. One of these was Kawaii Matsuri, a two day festival with music, fashion shows and a tonne of other stuff that falls under the banner of cute and cool. Kawaii is a strange word as not everything directly translates as cute, but more on that another time.

This festival took place in April, and hopefully we’ll get to experience it first hand next year!

Tokyo Fan Week

This year there was an event set up in Harajuku called Tokyo Fan Week. Despite the title it took place throughout February and offers a chance for tourists to take tours of lesser known areas, and shop staff wore badges saying it was OK to take photos of them (typically in Harajuku shops you’re not allowed to take photos, despite all the cool thing you might find).

You can find out more about the event here https://www.gotokyo.org/en/tokyofanweek/index.html and hopefully they’ll be running it regularly in the future.