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8 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo’s Hip and Arty Neighbourhood

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

Where Can You Buy the 4 Tastiest Japanese Treats in Tokyo?

When you think of Japanese food people usually think of rice, noodles, or sushi. Sweets rarely come to mind when people unfamiliar with Japan image the cuisine. Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets made of traditional ingredients such as mochi (rice cake) and anko (paste made of azuki red beans). But with so much choice, what…

Make Your Wishes Come True with the Kikkouden Wagashi (Japanese Dessert) Set!

July typically marks the end of the rainy season and the official entry into the sweltering summer season. In the old calendar (kyuureki), July is known as fumizuki or fuzuki which can be written using the same kanji characters i.e. 文月. As to how this name came about, this is said to be related to…

The Tastiest Traditional Japanese Desserts Reinvented With an Ice Cream Twist!

Ice cream has always been a serious business in Japan and its ubiquity is evident not only in the wide array of selections offered in the market such as Pino and Haagen Dazs but also in many of Japan’s delectable culinary delights. In fact, ice cream has been incorporated in many of the country’s traditional…

Catch One of These 3 Eventful Festivals at Mt. Yoshino in Nara

Mt. Yoshino (Yoshinoyama) is a mountain in Nara Prefecture that has been a subject in so many literary writings, and with good reasons: it is a gorgeous spot for cherry blossom viewing. It has also served as an important destination for religious purposes such as pilgrimages and the area continues to attract many foreign people.…

A Guide to Tasty Halal Treats in Japanese Convenience Stores

When in Japan, Muslims have to be cautious when they are looking to buy foods and drinks. But there are many good food and drink products out there in Japan, and nowadays, there is a rise in halal food stalls in Japan like the Siddique Restaurants and Kebab stalls which are ubiquitous in Tokyo. But,…

Flag the Bustling Coffee House and Enjoy the Peaceful Surrounds of a Tranquil Tea House

The ‘Coffee Culture’ of European countries like Italy and France bring to mind images of a busy cafe, the endless clink of teaspoons in white china cups, coffee machines humming and buzzing as they foam hot milk into a smooth froth… a bustling, raucous, animated atmosphere. While this coffee culture has permeated Japan with popular…

Shikamaro-kun Choco-Mochi Sweets: Nara’s Delicious ’Deer Poop’ Souvenirs!

Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my slight obsession with Shikamaro-kun, the oh-so-cute yuru-chara (mascot) of the Nara City Tourist Association. As such, any sort of chocolatey snack with his face on it was a sure sell and I left Nara with a collection of Shikamaro-kun mochi sweets to try. Mochi Author’s…
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Try Japan’s Secret Ingredient that’s Both Healthy and Delicious: Kinako

Japanese cuisine is thought of by many as one of the most unique and delicious cuisines around. Japanese food has become so popular that there are now thousands of Japanese restaurants located all over the world! waifu.jp/ However, there is no doubt that the best way to really experience and enjoy authentic Japanese food is…
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