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One Piece keeps beating records; volume 65 will be printed 4 millon times

One Piece volume 65 will be released in Japan on February 3rd; 4 million volumes will go on sale beating the previous record of 3.8 million volumes, also held by another One Piece volume. If you do the math that means that around 3% of the Japanese population is reading One Piece at the moment, most likely even more.

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One Piece volume 65 cover. The volume will be released at the end of this week

Selling more than a million volumes is considered a huge success for a manga in Japan. There are not many manga series that can achieve such a feat: Nodame Cantabile, Bleach, Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist and Kimi no Todoke.

Regarding total volume sales since the beginning of a manga series, One Piece is the number 1 manga series in the historical ranking having sold 250 million volumes in Japan, followed by Kochi no kame and Dragon Ball both having sold nearly 200 volumes.

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Rikugi-en Garden

The other day CaDs and I decided to explore a little bit the area north from Yamanote line. It is not one of the most interesting areas in Tokyo but there are some places that are worth a visit. We went to Komagome station and walking five minutes out of the station we arrived to Rikugi-en gardens (六義園 ,Google Maps).

The park was built at the end of the 17th century by the fifth Tokugawa shogun and has belonged to the Tokyo townhall since almost one hundred years ago. The design of the gardens emulates the landscapes of other places in Japan, for example, the lake is a representation of the coast in Kamakura. In the center, next to the lake, you can have a matcha with some candy for 500 yen.

Rikugi-en Garden

Rikugi-en Garden

Rikugi-en Garden

Rikugi-en Garden. 駒込

Rikugi-en Garden. 駒込

Rikugi-en Garden. 駒込

Rikugi-en Garden. 駒込

Rikugi-en Garden. 駒込

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Rikugi-en Garden

Rikugi-en Garden

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Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

One of the most surprising works of art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa is a “fake” swimming pool. The pool has just 10 cm of water over a glass surface, it looks like a normal swimming pool until you realize that it is hollow and you can go inside and walk under the water! It has been built in a Japanese museum, but it is an original idea by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich.

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa

Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich in Kanazawa
I can’t get out of the pool!

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Jiro: The Best Sushi in the World

The sushi served in the Jiro restaurant in Ginza is considered the best in the world; it was the first sushi restaurant to receive 3 Michelin stars! Unfortunately I have never been there; you have to make a reservation (there is only place for 10 people) and a normal meal costs between 30,000 and 40,000 yen (300-400 euro / 400-500 dollars).

Jiro Ono is 85 years old but he is still the restaurant chef. He has dedicated all his life to sushi and now his biggest concern is that his son can continue the tradition maintaining the same level of mastery. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi portrays the lifestyle of Jiro and his son, considered the best sushi cooks in the world. This is the documentary trailer, highly recommended!:


I am fascinated by their level of dedication to sushi

For those interested, this is the location of the restaurant in Google Maps.

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