For those with a child aged five or under in their family, Thomas Land at Fuji-Q Highland theme park is nothing short of heaven. Nestled under the serene and magnificent Mt. Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland is a huge park dominated by roller coasters and rides which snake their way up, down and around the site. But for the under-fives, the sign on the front gate says it all, in English, Japanese and more importantly, pictorially: Thomas Land is ahead.
Tokyo may be notorious for its loud fashion and otaku culture, ranging from anime and manga enthusiasts to reki-jo (female history connoisseurs), but many locals still share a disdain for something the West has increasingly grown to accept—tattoos. Though tattoos have a long history in Japan as a form of decoration, they also have a more recent history involving the nation’s criminals. Three Tides Tattoo Tokyo, sister shop to an Osaka location, is slowly trailblazing through this stigma.
In just a few short weeks the Sumo Grand Tournament will be back in Tokyo, with matches scheduled between September 14 and 28. Ticket sales started on August 9, but there is still time to snag a reserved seat. The art of sumo wrestling has a long history in Japanese culture and is considered the national sport of Japan, making it a popular event for tourists and locals alike.