2017 April

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Trick Your Friends with 5 Sweet Surprises From This Restaurant in Saitama!

Are you looking for a Japanese restaurant that is a little bit unusual? How about something that looks like one kind of food but turns out to be something completely different? Look no further than this quirky restaurant, where the meals aren’t quite what they seem! Unusual Food If you were to visit Baigetsudo (菓子工房…

Travel Around Niigata, Japan While Gourmet Dining Aboard These 2 Bus Tours

Joining a bus tour is an economical way of going around Japan. It is available in most cities and can be used for short- or long-distance travels. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can go on tour while wining and dining at the same time? A Japanese bus company called Willer Travel (ウィラートラベル) is…

The 5 Best Ways to Discover the Japanese Country Music Scene

In a small Tokyo (東京) bar, people gather. The music’s loud, the atmosphere lively and the beer is flowing. But this is no ordinary tavern. No suits or cosplay here – just cowboy hats, tight jeans and belt buckles as large as the waist. It looks like Texas and sounds like Texas, but this is…

Experience Virtual Reality at This Event in Shinjuku This Summer 2017!

Nowadays, the trend of virtual reality (VR) devices and games are on the rise. Perhaps in the future, the popularity of VR games will take over the popularity of video games which only utilize controllers. In recent months, we have seen the boom of VR-related businesses, games, and movies in Japan. Virtual reality devices enable…

Check Out This Video of a Japanese Granny Hip-Hop Dancing to Promote Rice!

Rice is a staple food in Japan. It has been cultivated across the country for many years and is synonymous with the general meaning of “meal.” However, the younger generation nowadays is increasingly eating junk food like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ) or McDonald’s (マクドナルド) instead of rice. To promote the benefits of eating rice, Japan’s…

Don’t Miss This Coffee and Cheese Roll Specialty Cafe in Ikebukuro!

Pão de queijo, (ポンデケージョ), or cheese buns, are types of cheese-based buns that originated in Brazil. Their doughy and fluffy texture has made them extremely popular in Japan as Japanese people seem to have a thing for foods that are textured similarly to mochi. There is a pão de queijo specialty bakery in Ikebukuro (池袋)…

7 Things to Do and See in Japan’s Kamakura and Enoshima All in Just One Day

Kamakura (鎌倉) and Enoshima (江の島) are areas in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県) near the sea, popular with tourists and packed with things to do. Here are several things for you to do in these areas, and how to get them all done in one exciting, fun-filled day. 1. Get Up Early and Stroll Kamakura’s Sleepy Streets…

Is It a Sci-Fi Starship? No, It’s One of Tokyo’s Most Unique Temples!

There are many architecturally brilliant buildings all over Japan, ranging from old to modern structures. One of such is the Reiyukai Shakaden (霊友会釈迦殿) temple located in central Tokyo (東京) in proximity to the Tokyo Tower (東京タワー). It is a modern temple built in the shape of a sci-fi starship with a striking black exterior. It…

A Sweet Rice Bowl? Try This Unique Strawberry “Don” at a Cafe in Fukui, Japan!

Donburi (丼), or “don” for short, refers to a rice bowl with various kinds of toppings. Some examples of this are gyudon (牛丼; beef bowl), oyakodon (親子丼; chicken and egg bowl), and katsudon (カツ丼; pork cutlet bowl). But in Fukui Prefecture (福井県), there is a cafe that offers a sweet kind of don! Fukui Prefecture…
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