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Check Out the Exciting Mall and More Soon Opening in Shibuya!

If you have been to Shibuya (渋谷) these past few years, you might have noticed that there are construction efforts taking place at the area around Shibuya Station (渋谷駅). This is because that area is undergoing a large-scale redevelopment as part of the Shibuya renewal plan. One of the transformations of Shibuya includes the opening…

Nine Hours’ First Capsule Hotel Has Opened in Tokyo!

Capsule hotels are becoming more and more popular in Japan every year, and it seems like we won’t see the end of them anytime soon. Another capsule hotel has recently been opened by 9 Hours (ナインアワーズ), and this time it is in Tokyo (東京)! The Capsule Hotel Trend What is the appeal of capsule hotels?…

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…

Which Member of Japanese Band ONE OK ROCK Married Avril Lavigne’s Sister?

A while back, Ryota Kohama (小浜良太), the bassist of the very well-known rock band in Japan called ONE OK ROCK (ワンオクロック), announced in the band’s concert on 18 February 2017 that he actually got married earlier that month. Okay, cool, getting married and keeping it secret from the public until a little later is commonly…

5 Reasons “Air Hanami” Is the New Trend of Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

There is a great reason for spring in Japan being a highly anticipated season that draws huge crowds of locals and foreign visitors: cherry blossom! Nobody can resist the beautiful sight of cherry blossoms, known as “sakura (桜)” in Japanese, while eating dango (団子) or sweet Japanese rice dumplings. It is typical during the sakura…

A Shopping Mall is Opening Soon in Ginza, Featuring Art by Yayoi Kusama!

Have you heard about Ginza Six? It is a new shopping complex which will be opened soon and you really do not want to miss it! The mall will feature art installations by Yayoi Kusama (草間彌生), who is known for her eccentric art style based on her fascination with dots. One of her most recognizable…

Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City

Did you know that there is a bridge that is known as the symbol of Niigata City (新潟市)? The bridge is called Bandai Bridge (萬代橋) and it is the perfect place to picnic, see blooming tulips and even cherry blossoms! Let’s learn more about this historic and beautiful site! Niigata City Niigata City is the…

Love Wasabi? Try Out These 3 Other Spicy Condiments in Japan!

When it comes to spicy condiments in Japanese cuisine, the first thing people may think of is wasabi (わさび). Some people may argue that wasabi is not technically spicy since it does not burn the tongue and throat, but instead, causes a slight stinging sensation in the nose. Nevertheless, wasabi is a favorite condiment among…

Experience Doraemon’s ”Anywhere Door” in Virtual Reality in Tokyo!

How we wish that Doraemon (ドラえもん) existed in the real world! So many of our problems could be so easily resolved. Sadly, this is wishful thinking for now, but all hope is not lost! The incredible technology of our times means that we can experience fantastical worlds through VR (virtual reality) from the comfort of…

Visit Hasami, Japan’s Town of Ceramics, and Join Their Spring Pottery Festival

Hasami (波佐見) is a town in Higashisonogi (東彼杵) District, Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県) that is well known for being among the leading pottery districts in Japan. It has a rich tradition of producing ceramics for more than 400 years. During the Edo (江戸) period, porcelain was first made in Hasami and was initially produced for the…
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