The Seven Gods of Good Luck play an important part in Japan's love of luck. These deities made their way from India and China along the Buddhist trail with one Japanese Shinto Kami (god/spirit) thrown in for good measure.
Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) now have their own terminal at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, Terminal 3. As you might expect, it's a bit more spartan than other areas of Narita with a real utilitarian look. Might as well get used to the pared down amenities before you board the flight, right?
In Japan this spring, the color of money is pink. Thanks to the weak yen, Japan is suddenly affordable. Visitors from Asia and elsewhere are coming in record numbers to experience that most iconic of Japanese events, cherry blossom season.
If you think Harajuku is defined by posing teens and pop culture, think again. The district is just as well known among locals for high-end luxury as low-end grunge. Part one of this walking tour was about teen fantasies, this time it's the grown-ups turn.
Ieyasu's shrine to himself and the mighty samurai class, Toshogu, was one of only a tiny number of buildings in the area that managed to survive this fierce final battle. So in-your-face reformers! Don't mess with this Shogun, even in death.
Odaiba on the other side of Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge is an island of food and fun with the added perk of great views of the city, including Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree. But for Japan Fan Boys and Fan Girls, there's way more to it than that.
It's easy to over-indulge in Tokyo, but everything from the sushi to the cocktails are moments not to be missed. Every time I visit, I see, taste and experience something new, which increases the emotional tie I have with this truly unique city.