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Looking to Buy a Yukata for Summer? Check Out These 5 Affordable Places in Japan!

It is almost impossible to walk down Tokyo’s summer festivals and not see Japanese people in their yukata, a traditional Japanese clothing for summer. Yukata is the more casual version of a kimono, made from cotton or synthetic fiber. It is made for all genders and ages. Not only is it perfect for personal wear…

Hunt for Your Perfect Costume at These 8 Cosplay Shops in Tokyo

Another year has started, which means more upcoming opportunities for anime and manga fans to sport their favorite characters’ stunning outfits! Events, such as the Comiket and World Cosplay Summit which are two of the biggest events in Japan, are expected to draw attention from members of the otaku community and therefore, bring out the…

Jinbocho: Time to Chill With a Good Book in Tokyo

Book lovers in Tokyo would go to Tsutaya bookstores or department stores that can easily be found throughout Tokyo. Book aficionados, on the other hand, would head to Jinbocho, situated at a central location only a short train ride away from Tokyo station. Lined with old bookstores that have been around for decades, Jinbocho is…

Shimokitazawa: A Tokyo Town of Fashion and Festivals

One of the trendsetting places for youngsters in Japan is located on the west side of Tokyo. A small town known as “Shimokitazawa,” also called “Shimokita,” is popular among the younger crowd and trendy people. It is well-known for having small independent shops, live houses, bars, cafes and theaters. It has very narrow alleys which…

Stock Up on Books and J-Pop at Book Off and Kinokuniya!

When I had the chance to visit Japan in 2013, I made sure to check out two of Japan’s shops for Japanese popular culture enthusiasts called Book Off and Kinokuniya. Although these are shops targeted to book lovers, Book Off and Kinokuniya are a must stop too for J-Pop fans too! What is Book Off?…

Second-hand Shops “treasures” in Japan

Concept Japanese second-hand shops, or also called “recycle shops” are now becoming a very popular concept. As a visitor, you may think that Japanese lifestyle is quite expensive and not so affordable for everyone. apparel-web.com/ However, when you stay and live in Japan for a while, you will discover some life aspects and concepts that…