2018 April

There Is More to Tokyo Than You Think! Explore This Underrated Area of the City!

When planning a trip to Tokyo, most travelers automatically include the popular districts of the city in their itineraries. Places such as Shibuya, well known for Shibuya Crossing; the huge neighborhood of Shinjuku, notorious for its red-light district; Ginza, known for its high-end boutiques; and Akihabara with its innumerable maid cafes and otaku shops, are…

Who Is This Cute Little White Bear Who Often Follows San-X’s Rilakkuma?

Everyone knows Rilakkuma, a popular fictional bear character from the company San-X that can be seen in many Japanese merchandise. But did you know that he is usually accompanied by a smaller, child-like white bear called “Korilakkuma”? She often follows him wherever he goes. Unlike Rilakkuma, she is more playful and loves listening to loud…

Do You Know Where to Find the Longest Instagram-Worthy Snacks in Tokyo?

Finally, the longest food ever is now available in Japan! Thanks to LONG! LONGER!! LONGEST!!!, which has recently opened last March 2018 in Takeshita Street, Harajuku, people in Japan can now buy the “longest” soft cream, tornado potato, churros, and cotton candy. Check it out! Instagram-Worthy Food jp.fotolia.com/ Takeshita Street in Harajuku is famous for…

Love Beer and Food? Don’t Miss These 2 Events in Tokyo This Summer 2018!

Beer is hugely popular in Japan. Local brands such as Asahi and Sapporo transformed it from an exotic foreign beverage to something everyone can afford and enjoy. Nama biru, or draft beer, for instance, is just a couple of hundred yen and can be bought in nearly all izakayas and drinking establishments. Beer is now…

3 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places Where You Can Go “Forest Bathing” in Tokyo

Have you heard of the Japanese practice called “shinrin-yoku”? In English, it is translated to “forest bathing,” which is also known as forest therapy, a form of health care and healing in Japanese medicine. There are many places in Japan where you can forest bathe; even in the bustling area of Tokyo! What exactly is…

6 Must-Visit Spots in Miyajima, Japan’s Island of Gods

An hour away from Hiroshima is Miyajima, an island regarded as the “Island of Gods.” The island is officially named Itsukushima but is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, which means “shrine island.” Aside from the shrines and temples that can be visited, Miyajima also offers beautiful scenery of nature and delectable local cuisine. In…

10 Wonderfully Weird Japanese Festivals to Look Forward to for the Rest of 2018

Because normal festivals are overrated; because life is too short to be doing the same old stuff. Fortunately, Japan’s inventive and unique culture simply knows no bounds! Japanese people find reasons to celebrate the things that are usually taken for granted in Western societies with festivals, or more commonly known as “matsuri.” Since hanami season…

7 Things to Do in Oyama, Japan’s City of Good Fortune

Discover the secrets of a city that brings good fortune. Visit Oyama City (小山市) in Tochigi Prefecture on your next trip to Japan! Out of the 14 cities in Tochigi, Oyama is the second most populous city with a population of 166,000. It became known as the “City of Good Fortune” as it is believed…

Want to Learn About Some of Japan’s Famous Classic Writers? Watch This Anime!

William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald are just some of the most widely acclaimed classic authors. Literature is an essential part of a country’s culture, and Japan is also known for its diverse literary heritage. Unfortunately, people today prefer to watch television or play video games instead of reading books. While…
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