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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 Tokyo gears up for the August heat, an Olympic-themed event, seasonal food fairs, a couple of new Don Quijote stores and a bespoke east-west fusion restaurant are all featured in the…

Which country changed its name to Eswatini in 2018 upon royal decree? Which nation is called “the land of the nomads” in the local tongue? There is only one national flag that…

Eight brand-new arenas, 10 temporary venues, citywide infrastructure from high-tech train stations to heat-blocking pavements, and a sprawling Olympic Village pinned to the Tokyo Bay marina. This is the cost of hosting Tokyo…

Environmental discourse is never far from a deluge of catchy buzzwords. Company mission statements, product packages and branding campaigns are plugged with words like “sustainable,” “eco,” “forest-friendly,” “recycled,” “net-zero” and “green-certified.” But…

In Roppongi this July you’ll find a mixture of stay-at-home experiences, new openings and re-openings as well as small-scale events. From a comic book art exhibition in Roppongi Hills to an exploration…

Having spent the past few months freely lamenting the patent lack of expediency in Japan’s vaccine campaign, it’s time to give credit where indeed it is due. The turnaround has been quite…

Among the new additions to the Tokyo Station area this month are boutique French restaurants, a reinvention of the classic highball, summer festivals, summer sweets and a home-theater hotel staycation. Check out…

I think it’s fair to say, even if we are being charitable, that the Olympic campaign has become a sinking ship with nobody aboard willing to acknowledge it. It’s like the folks…