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David McElhinney

David is a Northern Irish freelance travel and culture writer who’s spent the last three years battering the keyboard in Tokyo. He likes to travel, eat good food, drink good drink, play rugby, and butcher the Japanese language. www.davidmcelhinney.com

Articles by David

As the summer comes to a close, the Tokyo Station area looks to continue its event-packed year with a slew of new fall offerings. An exclusive afternoon tea set, a new restaurant-cum-furniture…

If Japan’s Olympic critics were looking for a smoking gun, they may well have found one: it goes by the name of “Lambda.” Brought in by an Olympic official and covered up,…

Was Tokyo 2020 a success? This is not a rhetorical question; there is no straightforward answer. Much like the debate over whether the Games should have gone ahead, the question of success…

What does the word “sustainability” mean to you? Perhaps its ridding the oceans of plastic, returning to a more pastoral lifestyle or adopting the in-vogue “climatarian” diet. You may want to reduce…

Initially I found Tokyo 2020 a rather welcome distraction. An unsubtle ruse diverting me from the frenzy of collective internet outrage to a world of elite competition, incredible feats of human achievement…

The athletics portion of the Olympics has finally arrived in Tokyo 2020 and it’s interesting how much it resembles its ancient predecessor, when competitors from Greece’s coexisting city states would meet naked…

With summer now fully underway, food and the arts are grabbing the headlines in Roppongi this August. From a slew of gourmet burgers at Roppongi Hills to a marriage of seasonal cuisine…

I remember the night I fell in love with synchronized swimming. It was mid-summer and London 2012 had gripped the nation. I had just wobbled home from a drinking session of Olympic…