Monthly Archives: February 2017

There are tourists that come to Japan for the food or the anime and then there are tourists that come to Japan with a specific purpose in mind. Japanese martial arts are experiencing a surge in popularity around the world. There are tourists who travel to Japan (or want...

"What am I going to eat today?" Here's a question that a lot of us ponder over on a daily basis. Having to decide what to eat is often seen as a first world problem that illustrates how quickly consumers get bored of eating the same type of food....

Have you ever heard of steampunk fashion? It is a style which incorporates 19th-century industrial technology with Victorian aesthetics. Some people in Tokyo are so passionate about this subculture that they formed a regular event called Steam Garden. Steam Garden is held twice a year to gather lovers of the...

Matchmaking parties are pretty common in Japan. Though the percentage of couples who actually get married is decreasing nowadays, the government and other private sectors are helping people in holding marriage events and meeting potential partners. This spring season, another matchmaking party will be held at Lieu de Vintage Mejiro...

Shimokitazawa (下北沢) has been gaining popularity as a hip and trendy neighborhood. With an abundance of shops and cafes, it is very easy to see why this suburb in Setagaya-ku (世田谷区) is being called as the newest must-visit place in Tokyo. It is also popular among the Japanese youth...

From Himura Kenshin (緋村剣心), the man who vowed not to kill, Japanese heart-throb Sato Takeru (佐藤健) becomes the man who cannot be killed as he takes the lead role Nagai Kei (永井圭) for the live-action adaptation of Ajin (亜人): Demi-Human which is set to hit the big screen in...

One of the most exciting things about living here in Japan is how most establishments are prepped up for any event that is to come. While Valentine’s Day may have gone and passed, the next event to look forward to is the traditional Doll Festival, or Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)! Go...

While most people think that an anime should have majestic fantasy settings, super strong or extremely bright heroes, action-packed mecha wars or saccharine relationships; others prefer slower paced, character-centric ones that focus on mundane activities. Slice of life anime is an insight into the characters' lives, as opposed to...

Sapporo (札幌) is the major city on Hokkaido Island (北海道). It is paradise for those who like mountains, the ocean, and want to find time for themselves and get away from the stress of bigger cities. There are many small (やま) and medium (だけ) sized mountains around Sapporo City...

Are you interested in getting to know Japanese ikemen (good-looking men)? Would you be interested in a show where a girl disguises herself as a boy? Then the Japanese drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise (花ざかりの君たちへ~イケメンパラダイス~), also known as Hana Kimi, might be for you! Hana Kimi is a...

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