2016 May

Find Relief from the Summer Heat in the Cart of a Handsome Japanese Rickshaw Puller!

Rickshaw pullers (shafu) may not appear to be the most attractive job in the world but its popularity among men is steadily increasing in Japan. They are also known as “jinrickisha danshi ” or “rickshaw boys” among their admirers, and in most cases have lean and muscular physiques. Some are even aspiring professional athletes who…

Tempo: The Perfect Cafe for a Delicious Pit Stop Off the Beaten Track in Kochi!

Kitakubo isn’t somewhere that travelers to Kochi usually think of visiting. It isn’t close to other tourist attractions like Obiyamachi or Kochi Castle, but as it is only about ten minutes from Kochi Station it is still easily accessible. There are actually quite a few shops, restaurants, and cafes here, as well as the Museum…

Todoroki Ravine Park: A Hidden Garden in Tokyo With Many Pleasant Surprises

Tucked away in one of the residential districts in the southwestern part of Tokyo is Todoroki Ravine Park. Todoroki is a quiet neighbourhood with relatively modern architecture. It fits right into the picture of an urban city, with planes and contours of buildings, roads, and train tracks. However, a hidden enclave of greenery lies within…

Take Your Japanese to the Next Level With These 5 Top-Notch TV Shows

Learning Japanese is hard. It takes a long time to slog through all the characters, learn thousands of new words and reprogram your brain to think in a totally new way. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never make it out of the textbook and into the real world. The key is practice, but the secret…

It Doesn’t Get Any Better: Suntory Combines Beer and Trains in Japan!

Established in 1899, Suntory Beer is one of the world’s greatest beers. Over the years, it has committed to providing Japan with excellent beer, and Suntory is always actively developing new products that bring new enjoyment to consumers. This time, they are introducing 15 limited-edition cans displaying ‘shinkansen’ trains which are sold all over the…

One Day in Kamakura: 6 Places Not to Miss!

Are you staying in Tokyo and looking for a beautiful, green place with many attractions to visit nearby? Then you should go to the quaint seaside city of Kamakura. In the medieval period, Japan was governed from here and that’s why there are a lot of cultural treasures to find. Kamakura is easily accessible by…

Get a Glorious Matcha Fix at Hyatt Regency Osaka’s Matcha Mania Afternoon Tea Event!

Do you often have afternoon tea parties with your friends or relatives? Some western countries like the United Kingdom often like tea parties and while Japan may have a different image with teas, tea parties are actually quite popular with different hotels throughout the country. r.gnavi.co.jp/ With matcha’s popularity continuing to rise, especially with foreign…

Foop: Beautiful Japanese Design for Home Gardening

After an indoor hydroponic garden in one of Pasona’s buildings near Tokyo Station, now there is something new for those interested in having a miniature garden in their own home. Most of the time, living in Japan means adjusting to a smaller space to live in. Some places are so cramped that there is no…
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