My Tokyo 2013 travel plans!

22 Jan



The ultimate drink for hangovers?

19 Oct

How many times haven’t you been hangover and thought: “WHY isn’t there something I can drink or eat to get better?” We al

l know the immediate answer to that. Start the next day by taking a drink, or maybe a beer… or even better, two beers. But that cure, if we could call it that, would infact turn into a nasty habit after a while. So for the better of sundays and the days we just have to get better to get back to our daily lives. Is there a magic drink? Is it called Ukon no Chikara?

Ukon is infact a turmeric. A plant closely related to ginger. The drink that contains this plant is claimed to have scientific evidence for preventing hangovers. It’s even been said to help prevent cancer and enhancing liver functions, as well as having no strong claims of negative side effects for adults.

This product is by no means new to the market. They started selling it in 2004 and still going strong.

So, back to the point. Will the Ukon Anti-Hangover drink work as intended? Only you can decide on that. Do you believe? I on the other hand have never had the same gravity of hangovers while staying in Tokyo compared to the day after a night out here in Oslo. So is it the jet lag? The amount of food we eat there? The sake? The Ramen? The Ukon no Chikara that does the trick? I really don’t know. And I guess I need a couple more trips to really find the answer …. Looking forward to it 🙂

If you want to test this drink even if you’r not in Tokyo, you can buy it here at our friends the White Rabbit Express:

New club opening in Tokyo!

15 Oct

Its not everyday a huge new club open in Tokyo, so we at Tokyo HandsUp are super exited! Sound Museum Vision has room for 1500 people, and has four dance floors. It’s being opened by the people behind Club Air, which is one of our favorite Tokyo clubs, and is situated smack in the middle of Shibuya. Opening night is on the 28th, and will feature lots of Japanese DJs, including DJ Crush, Emma and Ken Ishii. Sure to be an awesome night! And the lineup for the next couple of weeks doesn’t look to shabby either. Who can not love the name? Sound Museum Vision is right up there with Womb and Space Lab Yellow. Lets go clubbing!

Tokyo Sonata 1966

6 Oct

This is a short documentary shot by some German photographers in 1966. This is a nostalgic showing of a working class family at the start of the “Showa” era. The successful industrial boom in Japan.

Renting a SIM card or Phone in Japan.

1 May

An everyday gadget most you probably use every day is of course the cell phone. And by a small statistic prediction, I guess that you who read this text might be one with a smartphone and with a daily use of mail, social networking, news updating etc. So when traveling to Japan, your phone will work as long as it supports the 3G network. But It’s going to cost you…. a lot. But luckily there’s a solution to this. Rental SIM or phone.

One alternative we have used several times is this SIM-card or phone rental page:

This page looks a bit shady at first glance. But believe me, they are very trustworthy and VERY helpful if you need assistance. One example of this is when one of my friends accidentally ordered the wrong kind of SIM card. The new correct one arrived at the hotel desk the day after he mailed them about it. Talk about service! And this is something you’ll start to get used to during your travels around Tokyo.

What happens when you order from this site is that the SIM card or the phone you rent will be waiting safe in a closed zipped envelope at the hotel reseption.

My recommended deal at this page is the free data plan. This really comes in handy while using google maps and translate. And if several of the people you’r traveling with has a smartphone its free to chat, message and send locations for easy finding each other or tell if you are lost 🙂

This is a selection of the apps we use and recommend: (please comment if you have others to recommend)

  • AR Tokyo:Augmented reality for easy direction to the closest convenient stores.
  • WhatsApp Messenger:SMS replacer that uses data traffic. Also has a nice localization function for telling someone where you are using google maps. Also sends pictures, audio and video. Uses the phones internal phonebook for easy accsess to friends.
  • Tokyo Metro:Nice app for planning your route on the evergrowing metro and JR trains. Also works offline.

The most beautiful train map in the world?

25 Apr

We at TokyoHandsup are constantly looking for ways to show our affection for Tokyo, so when we found this awesome map of the Tokyo railways our hearts melted on the spot! This looks great in any apartment (ours included!), but there is an added coolness to this map, it doubles up as a calender!

It even includes cute small post-it stickers to mark those all important dates, like  “Next trip to Tokyo” and “Studio Apartment Band @ Ageha” (more on Studio Apartment in a later article house music fans!)

.. And then there´s the name of the map,  it´s called Tokyo Universe Railway System , how cool is that?

We found the Tokyo Universe Railway system at White Rabitt Press.

PS: It even comes as a handy map, the perfect companion to you SUICA card:-)

Lets explore the Tokyo Universe!

Starting a new life in Tokyo this spring?

20 Apr

So you just moved to Tokyo? And you also like clubbing? Well you are in luck, cause club Womb “supports everybody starting a new life in Tokyo this spring” (TokyoHandsUp also supports everybody starting a new life in Tokyo by the way), and what do they mean by this?  Well, if you are going out in a group of five people you get 2 free entrances! And with cover charges usually between 3000 to 4000 Yen per person thats actually quite a nice discount!

So check out the womb calender, and I´m sure you will find a night to your taste! (PS: Offer ends on 28th of May)

“WOMB supports everybody starting a new life in Tokyo this Spring, university freshmen, newly hired employees and students.
From 8th April (Fri) to 28th May (Sat), every group of 5 people will get 2 free entrances. You do not need to be a freshman or a student, bring friends and get the discount!”

TokyoHandsUp is back!

19 Apr

After the earthquake that hit Japan last month we really didn´t  feel like writing for a while, but now we are back, thinking positively about the future of Japan and its people.

What we are not so positive about is the  scare tactics that has been in the Norwegian press about the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Every day with one headline scarier than the other. (And then suddenly stopping almost all coverage overnight to focus on Libya. I guess Norwegians can’t handle two news stories at once, but that’s a different story)

“Radioactive clouds can reach Norway” and “Radioactive waste has not yet reached Norway (but it’s only a matter of time)” . Being the two most absurd headings. Here we are on the other side of the globe. Talk about selfcentered..

So when we found this website “journalist wall of shame” that  collected all these type of sensationalist, overly speculative articles, we found it interesting reading.

Journalist wall of shame:

Earthquake in Japan

11 Mar

Our thoughts go out to all of Japan. We are hoping and wishing for all the best to everyone affected by this earthquake.


Gundam goods for your car.

2 Mar

You fancy Gundam? Then don’t look far! Here’s some goodies for your car.
Or as Seiwa describes it on their webpage: “Happy Break, Happy Car Life”


When I first saw this picture, I felt that THIS is exactly what my car needs. Yes, I get easily exited when it comes to Gundam, so I reckon I’m in the right targeted group for this one.


What soda might be the coolest to put into this one?


Though I don’t smoke or allow smoking in my car. I’m SERIOUSLY considering changing that rule by installing this one.



Via: Seiwa

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