2019 January

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Otome Road- 5 Must-Visit Places in the Paradise for Otaku: Ikebukuro

Otome Road, or “Maiden Road,” is the nickname of a street in Ikebukuro. The 200-meter-long street is filled with shops carrying merchandise targeted towards women, hence the word “otome.” The name was first used in the May 2004 edition of “Puff” magazine. Otome Road has also been called “Fujoshi Street” because most of the anime…

Check Out the 10 Best Gifts You Can Buy in Tokyo in 2019!

Finding and buying Omiyage (souvenirs in Japanese) is just one unmissable aspect of any trip to a new country. During your trip to Japan, you will notice there are a lot of shops where you can buy souvenirs. You may feel a little bit lost with all the choices on offer in those shops. Here…

30 Modern Hotels and Traditional Ryokans in Kyoto for a Gorgeous Stay in 2019

Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in Japan. With its 1600 temples, maintained cultures such as the Japanese tea ceremony, geisha, and kimono, and a huge amount of things to do, it remains as one of the country’s most popular destinations to visit. Many people stop over for a day or two on…

What to Buy in Tokushima in 2019: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Feeling Cold? Here Are 4 Japanese “Flower” Hot Pots Perfect for Winter

As days get colder and colder, what’s the best thing to eat that can provide that much-needed warmth? Look no further than the versatile nabe i.e. hot pot, which can take on a dizzying array of variations in Japan! From the common sukiyaki to the motsunabe (which probably requires a bit of courage to stomach…

Have a Magical Time at the Tokyo Disney Parks With These 11 Tips!

Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland – we all grew up fantasizing about turning into one of those mesmerizing characters. But have you ever imagined how it would be like if Disney’s classics were reborn in the motherland of anime and cosplay, Japan? History and Awards Located in Chiba, Tokyo, the two parks…

Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…
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The Japanese Idol Industry and Its Dark Side

Japan is famous for many things. Seen as a hub of wacky trends and colorful fashions, people associate Japan with innovation and uniqueness. However, there is another part of Japanese entertainment which is something of a phenomenon and now dominates the industry. It is Idol Culture, and it is attracting people both in the country…
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