2016 January

Sapporo’s Ramen Restaurant Shingen, Where the Ramen is Worth the Wait!

There’s a handy tip when picking where to eat in Japan; if you see queues of locals, the restaurant will give you some decent grub. Shingen ramen house in Sapporo’s Susukino district is no exception to this rule. Author’s photo Shingen Author’s photo It’s well worth a detour from the main streets of bars and…

Delicious Curry that Will Keep You Warm in Sapporo: Future Curry Koris

The Japanese are not renowned for their love of spice. A blob of mustardy wasabi next to your toro sashimi will likely be the only heat you find accompanying food on a day to day basis. If you look hard enough however, there are some fantastically fragrant curries to be had. Sapporo seems to have…

Dine with Domo-kun at the Limited-Time Domo Diner in Yokohama!

Domo! Konnichiwa! In Japanese, domo is something we say as a greeting or an addition to it. But there is another kind of Domo and you might have heard of him. If you haven’t heard of Domo-kun though, then you’re probably missing out! design.style4.info/ Domo-kun is a popular character that was a part of our…

High-rise Cocktails for Low Costs at Electric Sheep Bar in Sapporo

Picture a swanky skyline bar serving tasty cocktails. The room is filled with beautiful people enjoying the chilled atmosphere. To many, it’s the idea of a perfect night out but an outrageously pricey one. This is not the case for Sapporo’s Electric Sheep Bar. Prime Location Author’s photo When walking through the heart of the…

Got a Date You Need to Plan? 3 Excellent Date Spots in Tokyo

Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to find a date. Your married friends may be spending Friday nights trawling Ikea or Nitori for a new bookshelf but in one swipe you can find someone willing to share a drink or some food with you. The hard part is now deciding where to…

Always Arrive on Time with Japanese Airlines ANA and JAL!

Well, the reports are in. The list of the most punctual airlines in the world has been made, courtesy of www.cnn.com and of course to no surprise, Japanese airlines have come out on top! The main two airlines in Japan are, of course, ANA (All Nippon Airways) and JAL (Japan Airlines). And both, have come…

Not Sure What to Do in a Tatami Room? How to Sit on the Floor in Japan

Most people around the world are comfortably using chairs to sit down. This is a common custom for foreign people which the Japanese people have accepted wholeheartedly. However, if you’re in Japan, chairs are not always that important for daily use. There are many instances where the Japanese sit on the floor, which tends to…

The 3 Tastiest Treats at Tokyo Disney Sea!

Aside from being touted by many as one of the world’s best amusement parks, Tokyo Disney Sea is also a haven for themed treats and snacks. Just like its sister, Tokyo Disneyland, snacks are abundant in Disney Sea and choosing which on to get can be quite daunting for a newbie visitor. Don’t fret! Here…

Kagami Biraki: A Traditional Ceremony to Open Sake Barrels

Have you heard of a Japanese traditional ceremony known as kagami biraki? Kagami means “mirror” while biraki means “to open” so kagami biraki means “opening the mirror”. How does one open a mirror exactly? Actually, the Japanese people do not open mirrors during this ceremony. There are two versions of kagami biraki – one where…
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