2017 April

Taste Some of the Best Custard Puddings at This Specialty Store in Tokyo

Have you ever wondered what custard pudding might taste like if a chef well-versed in French cuisine took a shot at it? At Purin-ya BATON (ぷりん屋BATON), you can taste this mousse-like angelic dessert, perfected by a French chef. Purin-ya BATON p-baton.com/ Located in Okachimachi (御徒町) in Tokyo (東京), Purin-ya BATON is a specialty store that…

Make Your Own Little Bonsai Tree At This Shop in Miyagi Prefecture!

There has been a recent trend on social media for succulents and cute potted plants; they seem to be all over social media sites like Instagram and Tumblr. This miniature potted plant trend has merged with the traditional Japanese bonsai (盆栽) to create easy-to-make and cute miniature bonsai trees! The Shop 1000’s BASE (センズベース), pronounced…

What Is ‘Telework Day’ and How Will It Ease Traffic Congestion in Japan?

Japanese people have a stringent work style. It is very common for employees to work long hours every single day. With many people commuting to work on a daily basis, it puts a heavy burden on traffic conditions. Because of this, a campaign has recently been made to designate July 24 of every year towards…

Go Solo Drinking in These 3 Woman-Friendly Bars in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Japan is an awesome place for female travelers. It is safer and easier to explore than other countries around the world. There’s no need to worry about the people as they are nice and are always willing to help out. If you’re a woman and going on a solo travel to Sapporo (札幌), you can…

The Mythical Couple Who Gave Birth to Japan’s 800+ Shinto Deities

Approximately 90% of the Japanese population are followers of Shintoism (神道), Buddhism (仏教) or both. This can be attributed to the high regards paid by the Japanese towards their ethnic origins as well as the value they put on ancient traditions. Shintoism, in particular, has been popular both in traditional and pop culture thanks to…

Learn the Art of Japanese Home Cooking by Taking Lessons from This Chef in Tokyo

Japanese dishes come in great variety and regional specialties. Preparing authentic Japanese meals require some skills and they are best prepared when one uses traditional recipes. This often requires the help of a person who truly knows how to uniquely craft the dishes the authentic Japanese way. An example of such person is the talented…

Celebrate 100 Years of Japanese Animated Film by Watching the Classics!

Believe it or not, Japanese animation, or more commonly known as anime, already went through a century-long journey! This definitely deserves a celebration, but no, we are not talking about popping champagne and throwing confetti. We will be celebrating it in a different way, but first, let’s learn a little about the history of the…

10 Things to Do in Toyota City, Home of the Beloved Japanese Cars

Around the world, the name Toyota (豊田) is most commonly associated with the wildly famous brand of cars. However, did you know that the car shares its name with a city in Aichi prefecture (愛知県) in central Japan? The birthplace of Toyota cars, the city actually changed its name in the 1950s to match the…

Camp in Style at This New Glamping Facility near Narita International Airport

“Glamping” is a luxury camping style where comfortable and luxurious services are provided in a natural environment. Its popularity is spreading across the world, including Japan. Recently, a new camping facility called THE FARM CAMP 「Villa」 (ザファームキャンプ 「ヴィラ」) opened near Narita International Airport (成田国際空港), which is the perfect location as it gives access to a…

The Top 10 Hot Spring Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at Near Tokyo in 2017

Japan is a country that has perfected a complex blend of tradition and modernity on many levels. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2017, finding a hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese guest house) that reflects both traditional and modern aspects of Japanese culture, history and architecture is one of the best ways…
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