2017 March

Tochigi Prefecture: Japan’s Silk Road

As you head to Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the high-rises gradually disappear and space opens up to make room for farm fields and rushing rivers. Mountains ring the horizon, snow-capped in winter and lush with verdant greenery in summer. Here, where the Kinu River cuts a wide swath, more than a thousand years…

What is Premium Friday and How Will It Help the Japanese Economy?

Since the economic bubble burst in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (and their forebearers) have been working to get the economy back on track. Japan, as with many other countries, did rebuild but were hit with another recent recession, where they saw things drop again. The Japanese Ministry…

4 Beautiful Temples to See the Cherry Blossoms in Kamakura

Cherry blossom viewing season, or “hanami”, is the best time to visit public parks, castle grounds, and temples in Japan. It is also the best way to savor the spiritual and calm atmosphere in the country. It is at this time when cherry blossoms display their utmost beauty, which is only seen for a few…

Top 5 Places to Visit in Noda, the Most Underrated City in Chiba

Have you already been to many major sightseeing spots in Japan? Would you like to explore less touristy places where you can feel the genuine atmosphere of today’s Japanese life? Then I’d like to introduce you my lovely hometown, Noda (野田市), in Chiba Prefecture (千葉県), which offers its visitors many interesting and exciting things to…

Have a VIP Dinner with a Top Chef in Tokyo This March 2017!

If you’re up for a VIP night or would like to treat yourself after a stressful week, you should check out L’effervescence. This is a Michelin-starred restaurant nestled in a secluded place along the Nishi Azabu (西麻布) area of Tokyo. L’effervescence is hidden among low-rise residential buildings and is rather far back from the street,…

3 Spots Not to Miss on Your Trip to the Tokyo Skytree!

The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) marks a point in Tokyo where tradition and innovation meet. It is the tallest tower in the world which serves as a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower all in one. Built with cutting-edge Japanese technology, there’s no fears about the safety of this huge structure. The tower also serves as a…

Smell Good with J-Pop Group Perfume’s Original Fragrance!

Celebrity groups or icons that have carved their names in Japan’s music industry are sure to keep their fame for quite some time. If they have lasted in the industry for more than a decade, then it’s proof that they have made a strong impact on their fans. Aside from making appearances in music shows…

The Extraordinary Career of Japanese Designer Keisuke Unosawa

Do you recognize the name Keisuke Unosawa (鵜野沢啓祐)? If not, you’re about to find out all about this fascinating man. Unosawa is a creative director and designer who was born in Tokyo in 1964. He worked for Katsumi Komagata (駒形克己) before going freelance in 1987. His success was preceded by numerous rejections but, eventually, his…

A Guide to Experiencing the Tallest Tower in Japan, Tokyo Skytree!

Would you like to see the urban landscape of Tokyo from a bird’s-eye view? Would you like to experience one of Japan’s many impressive artificial landmarks? Don’t miss Tokyo Skytree, located in Sumida-ku (墨田区) in Tokyo. Tokyo Skytree jp.fotolia.com/ Skytree is the “tallest free-standing broadcast tower in the world as of 2011” as per their…

Osaka’s Most Famous Clown: The History of Kuidaore Taro

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are tied to restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. One of Dōtonbori’s – and perhaps Osaka’s – most famous landmarks…
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