2017 March

10 Things to Do in Hokkaido’s Romantic City of Obihiro

Obihiro (帯広) is an important economic and political center located in the Tokachi plain (十勝平野) of Hokkaido prefecture. The city’s population isn’t very high, but it offers a lot of things to do. It is considered to be one of the cleanest cities in Japan, even nominated as a “model city” in 2008. Here are…

Ride a Rickshaw and Get an Instant Tour Guide in Arashiyama This Spring!

Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto (京都) is one of Japan’s best sightseeing spots. With its traditional atmosphere and beautiful views of cherry blossom trees during springtime, who wouldn’t want to visit? If you don’t know your way around, however, you could be wasting time and energy instead of enjoying its scenery. This is where rickshaw tours come…

This Service Takes Care of Your Luggage While You Explore Tokyo!

What do you usually do when you arrive in Japan too early for your hotel check-in time? Most people probably want to look around and explore. However, it’s a big hassle walking around when you have big suitcases with you. There’s actually a new online service called “Ecbo Cloak” which lets you find a cafe…

Experience Culture and Cherry Blossom Viewing at this Japanese Festival!

In the past few years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been rising year after year, and will surely only continue to increase as the Olympics approach. But while that may still be a few years away, many tourists should still check out Japan for the unique experiences they may encounter. During the spring…

Explore These 3 Beautiful Viewpoints in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture

Kochi Prefecture (高知県) is located on the small island of Shikoku (四国). It is formerly known as Tosa (土佐), and is popular for Kochi Castle (高知城), which is one of the 12 remaining castles in Japan. Kochi’s major food item is katsuo no tataki (鰹のたたき), a slightly broiled sliced bonito over a straw fire. Other…

Discover the Fascinating World of Gyoza at Tokyo’s Legendary Restaurant!

While in Japan, you will surely see gyoza (餃子) available almost everywhere, be it served piping hot at a ramen restaurant, in frozen form at supermarkets or in ready-to-eat bento boxes at convenience stores. Depending on which part of Japan you visit, the type of gyoza you taste will vary in terms of cooking methods…

Sweeten Up Your Trip to Ikebukuro with These 3 Dessert Shops Within the Station

Ikebukuro (池袋) is one of the main stations of the JR Yamanote Line (山手線). It has been a very popular station for it is in the boundary of Tokyo (東京) and Saitama (埼玉). It also houses Sunshine City – a very popular place for teenagers where you can see J-WORLD, Sunshine Aquarium, and a bunch…

Does Everyone Take Part in the Annual Day Off for Japanese Housewives?

Do you know that a large percentage of the Japanese population is comprised of housewives? Housewives in Japan are expected to do a lot of cooking and cleaning, which becomes even more taxing when their children and husbands are at home. To give them the much-needed rest they deserve, Sankei Living Shimbun (サンケイリビング新聞), an internet…

Support Kumamoto Castle’s Recovery by Purchasing Sapporo’s Special Edition Beer!

In April 2016, a strong earthquake hit Kumamoto (熊本), Japan, killing at least 50 people and displacing many residents to temporary homes. One of the places that suffered a serious damage was the Kumamoto Castle (熊本城), which is considered as one of the three premier castles in the country. Even its distinctive stone walls collapsed…

2 of Japan’s Best Pop Acts are Releasing Unmissable Merchandise this April!

Two of Japan’s top electronic pop acts will release new content in April 2017! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu(きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ) will release a brand new single and a concert Blu-ray and DVD – two kinds of merchandise at once! Meanwhile, Perfume (パフューム) will also release a concert Blu-ray and DVD. 1. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 14th Single 『良すた』が4月5日発売されます!イースターとかけていいすたと読みます。初回限定盤は、じゃばら仕様で豪華にらなってます!私が出演するイオン新CMソングとしてもOAが決定してるよ!発売お楽しみにhttps://t.co/BwseBzc8aM… pic.twitter.com/nIC3UwZMoB…
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