Friday, July 5, 2024

Monthly Report for June

I added new pages for: 



Ningyōchō Shichifukujin Meguri / Ningyōchō Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

I also added the following to the Shinjuku Station Area page:


I also added the following to the Ueno page:

Kimchi Yokochō

I also added the following to the Arakawa Ku page:

Ishihama Jinja 

Many more additions were made to the Regular Events and Festivals page.

All the bookmark files have been updated.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Monthly Report for May 2024

I added new pages for: 

Itabashi ku 

Itabashi Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage 

I also created a general page on the Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimages as I now have two such pages and plan to add several more pilgrimage routes that are in the greater Tokyo area.

I also added the following to the Nerima Ku page:


Friday, May 3, 2024

Monthly Report for April

I added a new page for Edogawa ku

Added the following to the Akihabara and Kanda page:

Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan 

gee! store 


Mandarake CoCoo


Sunday, April 7, 2024

March 2024 Monthly Report

I added a new page to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement for Adachi Ku

So much for my claim last month to only add a few location entries to start new pages. Adachi ku ended up with 25 entries.

I added a note to the Shinjuku Station area page that Studio Alta will be closing in February 2025.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

February 2024 monthly report

In February I created a new page for Arakawa Ku

Starting now I will create most new pages for each administrative part of Tokyo, cities, towns and villages, with just a few places listed. More will be added to them in the future. I want to quickly set the foundations for pages to make it easier to add more information in the future.

This is also partly because I need to spend more time preparing presentations that I am committed to doing in the near future.

Bookmark color change:

I also added a change to the color coding for the TokyoStroll.kmz bookmark set. Some of the bookmarks are in Blue. Blue bookmarks indicate an entry in Tokyo Stroll that has had a location change, name change, or closed temporarily or permanently. Blue bookmarks have a note with further information which is visible when you tap on that bookmark.

New Entry:

Added an entry for Yuzawaya to the Ikebukuro Station Area page.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Culinary Encyclopedia of Japan Vol. 1 Ingredients

Book recommendation:  

Culinary Encyclopedia of Japan Vol. 1 Ingredients: A deep dive into Japanese Cooking by Keita Wojciechowski  

This book is big, 8.25 x 1.43 x 11 inches and 550 pages. All of it packed with solid information about ingredients, including the Latin names of planet and animals. One sign of a good book is an index, for this book the detailed index takes up almost 100 pages and is broken down into several categories for easier browsing. Filled with solid information, no recipes, no pictures, imagine how large it would be if it had those. I got the paperback some folks may want to opt for the hardcover given how massive the book is.  

This book deservedly won the 29th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Encyclopedia Category.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Why does it take so long to add new area pages to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement?

 Why does it take so long to add new area pages to the Tokyo Stroll web supplement?


While the chapters in my book Tokyo Stroll covered areas in close proximity that were dense with interesting locations. These were often not in the same ku, for example the Yanesen chapter is mainly in Taito ku, but also has items in Bunkyo ku, and Arakawa ku. However the areas I am now adding are for specific administrative zones, not only in the 23 ku part of Tokyo but also in the Tama Area, and tend to be spread out.


The way I do this is find the borders of an administrative zones, then look for what it in it. For example with Kita ku I started with 4 or 5 items to write up and ended up with finding over 40 possible locations. From those 40 I selected many that would form the foundation of the page, other locations will be added over time. Each item on the page requires I find reliable information, much of what you find on the web lacks that reliability. So I look if the item has it's own web page, or if there is a description on one by the local government, merchants association, in books, or in news sources, etc. Once I have enough information I put it together into a description. Then I identify if the item is listed in Google Maps and Open Street Map. If it is not, or it is incomplete, or even a wrong location I see to it that additions and corrections are made. So far I have done this with for over 600 items in Google Maps and also over 600 items in Open Street Maps.

As for priorities I tend to go with the types of things people I know and interact with show interest in. Topics that are first searched for include temples, shrines, museums, older buildings, interesting architecture, shopping districts, landmarks, historical locations, and archaeological sites. I then check to see what is nearby and add them to the list of items to consider writing about. This has worked rather well for me when planning trips to Tokyo and the notes from previous trips became the foundation for writing Tokyo Stroll. 


On top of gathering information and doing the writing  I have to deal with personal matters etc.


This means new pages take time to make. I still have to produce four remaining pages in the 23 ku in Tokyo, then I'll dive into the towns and villages of the Tama Area, on top of that I'll be adding single items to existing pages. All of this means that the web supplement will continue to grow, likely for years.


So it takes time, but my goal is to provide a resource for travelers who don't want to be limited to the big sights in conventional guidebooks.