Little boxes, on the hill side…LOTS of little boxes. You cant go past the Tokyo skytree for one of the best vantage points in Tokyo. At over 600m up you get a good sense of just how vast and dense the city is and it certainly makes for some magic-eye-esque type photos (some of these will definitely be printed up poster size!). We could easily sit there for hours watching the ant farm-like traffic and people go about their day. May not be the best idea for Trypophobia suffers though!

Travel tip: if you have the time and patience, timing your visit for late afternoon will get you day and night shots but of course, everyone else has the same idea. The weather will also play a big part, get the wrong day and your view could be one of thick haze.

Travel tip: There are two viewing decks, the higher one costs extra. Foreign tourists can now also buy a fast pass at a higher price to skip the potentially long queues


Ueno, Akihabara

Ueno and its Ameyoko markets are always worthy of a quick stop even tho over the years the dinginess and unique stores have made way for more of a mall feel (think Nakano broadway with narrower walk ways) with a lot of repetition, there are however still some gems to be found to fill your suitcase and your belly. Worse comes to worse, there’s always TGI Fridays 😉

Japan 2016 part #1 – Travelling with a plus one
Japan 2016 part #2 – Yokohama
Japan 2016 part #3 – Gotemba to Kawaguchiko
Japan 2016 part #4 – Fuji Shibazakura Festival and Chureito Pagoda
Japan 2016 part #5 – Fuji Q Highland
Japan 2016 part #6 – Matsumoto, Alpine Route, Snow Corridor
Japan 2016 part #7 – Matsumoto castle, Ashikaga Flower park
Japan 2016 part #8 – Tokyo Skytree, Ueno
Japan 2016 part #9 – Tokyo wandering, Odaiba + Disney Sea

Sophomore efforts can always be a bit hit and miss but the team at Good Things have once again smashed it out of the park! Stellar line up and another seamlessly run event. The rain, most of the heat and even the smoke held off for a fun summer’s day of metal and rock and or roll. Bring on 2020!

Check out our huge gallery of all the action below!

Reel Big Fish


Skegss


The Butterfly Effect


Veronicas


Trivium


Voyager

 


Enter Shikari


Falling in Reverse


Simple Plan


The Beautiful Monument


Thy Art is Murder


Yours Truly


A Day to Remember

 


Parkway Drive

Socials


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RnB Fridays Live returns for 2019 with a huge lineup of classic RnB and hip hop! Check out the gallery below then head over to our facebook page for even more social shots!

RnB Fridays Live Brisbane social photos

Sisqo

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Brandy

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Jason Derulo

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50 cent

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Black Eyed Peas

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Socials

Sahara Beck brought all the sparkles to The Foundry for her Queen of Hearts tour.
Check out the highlights below

Brisbane’s premier old school rave event got an upsize in venue moving down the road to Prohibition, which just so happens to be the old Tube nightclub! 20 years ago it closed its doors but the good times of that checkered dancefloor live on with the help of a stellar line up of local legends including Darren Briais, Bexta, Jen-E, Barking Boy, Gracie and Rousey.

Check out the huge gallery to match the huge event and get your dancing shoes ready for the next one in Jan 2020!

After more social shots? Head over to the facebook page for our SB Socials!
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These two love birds wrapped up their nuptials in an intimate little boho ceremony at Cupo last monnth. Congrats to Gemma and Chris! xo

Matsumoto castle

Contrasting to its surroundings, Matsumoto is reasonably flat so getting around town is an easy stroll, even easier if you hire a bicycle, but for short trips, nothing beats taking a walk through some of the alley ways as you make your way to one of the city’s main attractions, Japan’s oldest castle, Matsumoto castle. Also nicknamed Crow castle due to its black walls, it sits proudly beyond a moat with contrasting red railed bridges. Inside the grounds, you can explore the castle itself and surrounding buildings while themed samurai actors will happily pose for photos. Like most castles, it is surrounded by a lot of green space that you could easily spend a relaxing afternoon exploring and picnicking with the family.

Travel tip: Entrance fee is about 5-600Y. Got the goshuincho bug? (ink stamp collecting), there’s one before entering the grounds if you prefer to skip going into the grounds.

Travel tip: the Matsumoto time piece museum is a worthy stop if you like cogs and ticking things

Matsumoto may be over 200km from Tokyo but thanks to a direct line and an express train, you can roll into Shinjuku in about 2.5hrs.


Ashikaga Flower park

When travelling in spring its pretty much a given that a flower park is on the cards. There are plenty of public parks and gardens but if want a truly epic display you’ll need to head to a flower park. There are a few caveats though – you’ll need to pay, the large ones are out of the city and everyone else will have the same idea during the prime viewing times.

Travel tip: Trains from Shinjuku to Tomita station run regularly and take a bit under 2 hours. From Tomita station, its about a 15min walk to the park.
edit: as of 2018 there is now a Ashikaga flower park station which cuts the walk down to under 5min.

Ashikaga flower park is famed for its beautiful displays of wisteria, a hanging type flower which grows in bunches of pinks and purples, the tree itself ends up looking a little like a weeping willow. Just like the pink moss at Kawaguchiko, you can either see the wisteria in full bloom with thousands of your closest friends that you never knew you had, or you can go off peak and wander freely. Due to the timing of our trip we didn’t really have a choice but there are still plenty of other flowers to see even if the wisteria is scarce.

The huge walls and canopies set up for displaying the wisteria are impressive, even without the flowers.

Travel tip: temps can soar even on a spring day in June so pack the sunscreen or snag yourself a parasol, there is very little cover/shade.

There’s a small group of shops at the entrance selling souvenirs, groceries and snacks. Remember to check what the items are made of and if they adhere to Australian quarantine laws, and don’t forget to declare it.

Japan 2016 part #1 – Travelling with a plus one
Japan 2016 part #2 – Yokohama
Japan 2016 part #3 – Gotemba to Kawaguchiko
Japan 2016 part #4 – Fuji Shibazakura Festival and Chureito Pagoda
Japan 2016 part #5 – Fuji Q Highland
Japan 2016 part #6 – Matsumoto, Alpine Route, Snow Corridor
Japan 2016 part #7 – Matsumoto castle, Ashikaga Flower park
Japan 2016 part #8 – Tokyo Skytree, Ueno
Japan 2016 part #9 – Tokyo wandering, Odaiba + Disney Sea

It’s been a few years since we were last out at the Bundaleer rainforest gardens so it was a welcomed return to be amongst the trees for Sarah and Cam’s wedding a few weeks ago. A pleasant winter’s afternoon led to a very crisp evening but it was no match for the warmth of love in the room, outdoor gas heaters ….and sparklers 😉

Two MC’s, one DJ… and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra! Aussie hip hop legends Thundamentals got a bit fancy with a rather epic backing from the QSO.

Check out the highlights from their sold out show below!

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