Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

Abandoned Tuberculosis Sanatorium for Children

Haikyo hospitals are undoubtedly some of the most interesting urbex places to explore anywhere in the world. In Japan they range from the tiny and abandoned wooden medical shacks that pre-date World War II, to goliath graffitied monstrosities that exist only as gutted husks of their former selves. Today’s location didn’t disappoint. The Tuberculosis Sanatorium […]
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Like A Boss! (Coffee)

Just a little fun I had tweaking the ubiquitous Boss Coffee logo found in Japan. I rather enjoy all those ‘Like A Boss!’ memes that surface around the internet but was surprised to see no-one had attempted to parody the obvious and the very boss-looking brand logo of Suntory.
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36 Iconic Tokyo Metro Subway Manner Posters 2008-2010

Tokyo Metro (東京メトロ) is Japan’s largest subway system. Take a ride, and you’ll find it hard to miss the catchy posters asking commuters to mind their manners. Since September 1974, every year a new theme and unique monthly designs have been produced, but in recent years perhaps none have been more memorable than the iconic […]
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Burtonesque Pokemon: Macabre Re-imaginings

Something ghastly this way comes! Artist Hatboy has recently been posting his latest Tim Burton inspired creations – grim re-imaginings of Japan’s fuzzy little Pokemon creatures that, even today, still manage to remain popular. As an avid Burton (and Elfman) fan, seeing these amazing works just made my day. They come right out from under […]
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Microaggressions or Icebreakers? Everyday Irritations for Foreigners in Japan

Over the last month or so the foreign community in Japan has been abuzz with talk of ‘microaggressions’ – a psychological term that describes everyday slights that alienate and offend people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. As with the Gaijin Debate, we’ve heard opinions from both sides – those who think the term is an […]
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Field Test

The E-M5 is a compact camera with incredible image quality that exceeds all but the highest expectations. With the E-M5, I feel that the Olympus micro 43 cameras have finally come of age. Here we have a camera with a large sensor in a compact, high-performance body that can meet almost any challenge. The improved […]
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Daily Mail Used My Photos Without Permission and Without Payment

The Daily Mail has a history of stealing images and only paying up if and when they are caught and pursued. A quick Google search will turn up lots of results, but here, here and here are a few. It appears as though I am the latest test subject, as their MailOnline web newspaper has […]
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Haikyo House of Hidden Treasures

Slumbering in a small onsen town far off in Western Japan lies one of the most magnificent haikyo I’ve had the pleasure of exploring to date. The ‘House of Hidden Treasures’ is a collection of artefacts devoted to that most primal of human desires – sex. Full of erotic art, phallic sculptures and living wax […]
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