Spam blogs are a big problem on the internet. They steal others' posts to drive traffic to their sites, and then they add advertisements or phony links to earn money.
There's a spam blog out there stealing posts from one of my blogs, This Card Is Cool. Literally stealing. If you want proof, go to Google, and search for "Baseball Card Stores in Japan" (use the quotes). You'll see their (stolen) posts first, then mine. There are a couple other spam blogs ripping off my site, but the one at the top of the search lists is the worst - they don't even attribute the posts to me. And it's not just my blog; they're stealing at least one other person's posts.
You can help. Report the site to Google as spam by following this link. It should auto-fill in the URL of the offending site. Then click submit. That's all you need to do. By the way, I'm not mentioning the name of the site or driving traffic to it. If you follow the search above, you can discover the site and see for yourself.
I'm cross-posting this on my three blogs to hopefully help get this site removed quickly. I reported it about a week ago, when I was alerted to its presence, but the site remains.
Thank you for your help!
Entry is free, and for train buffs or history fans in the area (visiting ADMT or Ginza, for example) it's convenient - it is right next to the current Shimbashi Station after all. Not much is available online about the museum, but it was open on Sunday in the early afternoon when I visited. My TimeOut Tokyo guide lists it as being open Tuesday-Sunday 12-6. It's a pleasant way to spend half an hour or so learning about Tokyo's rail history.
I have an affinity for advertising materials. I haven't spent any time going to design school and I don't think I've ever had ambitions to be in advertising, but I admire those who put effort into creating beautiful works of corporate art.
Located just south of the Ginza area, ADMT (The Museum of Advertising and Marketing, or just Ad Museum Tokyo) collects some of the best examples of advertising in Japan and the world, and provides a good history of advertising in Japan.
I spent about 45 minutes here, browsing through all the displays and watching some of the commercials. There are also interactive displays allowing you to look at additional material.
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday 11-6:30, and Saturday and Sunday 11-4:30. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing, and when Monday is a holiday surrounding days could be closed. Check the schedule on their website for a calendar. The closest station is Shimbashi Station, served by JR, and the Ginza, Oedo, and Asakusa subway lines. From there, head to the Caretta Shiodome mall (part of, or attached to, the Dentsu Building). The museum entrance is on B1F, and if you enter from the fountain (B2F) level (Gate A), you'll take the elevator up one level and see the entrance on the right. A fairly good interactive map with photos is here to get you from the station.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I made my way down to Ginza to take a look around. This is the home of excessive spending, where one square meter of land costs about 10 million yen and the coffee can run $10 a cup.
As I said earlier, Ginza is a place to see and be seen. This includes pets as well.
For shoppers, Ginza is probably high on the destination list. But as a tourist with some free time on Sunday, it's worth coming by to walk down Chuo Dori, look at the people, and maybe do a little window shopping. In fact, it's close enough to Akihabara that you could do both in one day if you had the energy.
Ginza is big enough that you can get there via several stations on several lines. You can take JR lines or the Yurakucho subway line to Yurakacho Station for the easiest access, or walk from Shinbashi or Tokyo stations. The Ginza subway station (Ginza, Hibiya, and Marunouchi lines) is closer, for those riding the Metro. Chuo Dori is best visited on Saturday (after 2 pm) or Sunday (after 12 pm), when the road is closed and people are out walking. But visit any day to see high-class locals with free time heading to or from lunch.
Where can you see a bit of recent history, buy almost anything, have a unique dining experience, and see a unique side of Tokyo's millions, all in one place?
There's a lot more to see in Akihabara - I've shown you a bunch already over the past year. But I'll be bringing you even more in the future. Until then...