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Check Out These 7 Limited Silver Bell-Themed Items Available at Tokyo Station

The Silver Bell (銀の鈴) has been the symbol and meeting spot of Tokyo Station (東京駅) for 50 years. From an age when there were no cell phones, the Silver Bell has helped people come together for generations and has become a symbol for meetings and relationships. Silver Bell flickr.com/ The first bell was put up…

Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo’s Ryogoku District, Home of Sumo Wrestling

Ryogoku (両国) is one of the districts in Sumida (墨田区), Tokyo (東京). Located northeast of the capital, Ryogoku is widely known as a sumo (相撲) town with sumo statues in different fighting positions, handprints and portraits of sumo wrestlers, and large murals adorning its calm and quiet neighborhood. Wandering around is like traveling back in…

The Top 10 Things to Do near Haneda Airport in Ota City, Tokyo

Ota City (大田区) is probably the least known among the 23 special wards of Tokyo (東京). Many foreign tourists do not even know much about it even though it is home to one of the country’s famous international airports namely, Haneda (羽田). In fact, Ota is the largest ward in Tokyo and has many things…

Heading to Fukui? Here Are the Top 7 Souvenirs to Take Home!

When going on a trip, one question that is always at the back of one’s head would be, “What are the best souvenirs to bring back home?” Shopping for souvenirs is an activity that some people may thoroughly enjoy, while some may find stressful and time-consuming; which is why it is particularly helpful if you…

7 Best Shops and Cafes to Get Traditional Japanese Confectionery in Tokyo

Wagashi (和菓子), or traditional Japanese confectionery, has made a name for itself as one of the Japanese food that many tourists would like to try out. With attention to detail not only in the recipes but also in the presentation, it is no wonder that these sweets have captivated people’s taste buds. In this article…

On the Lookout for Japanese Artisanal Products? Drop by TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO

If you are looking for a cute craft store that sells Japan-made objects to add to your daily life or get as a souvenir, try visiting TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO (トーキョーファンタスティック表参道). This shop features products made by craftsmen and artisans from across the country. TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO blog.tokyofantastic.jp/ Located just three minutes away from Omotesando Station…

Top 15 Things to Do in Akihabara, the Home of Japanese Pop Culture

If there’s one thing that Japan is known for overseas aside from sushi (寿司), it’s the otaku (オタク) culture. Not familiar with the word otaku? Think manga (漫画), anime (アニメ), cosplay (コスプレ) and themed cafés. While Tokyo (東京) is most certainly not short of any of this, the number one spot for getting your geek…

Trouble Finding Souvenirs in Japan? Choose the Best Without Wasting Time or Money!

When traveling, many people want to take something special home for their loved ones, or for themselves to remember their journey. However, getting gifts can be costly, time-consuming and stressful because it allows less time to travel and less money for yourself. Though there are many places to buy souvenirs, it can be hard to…

Plan the Perfect Day Trip With These 3 Things to Do in Yokohama’s Chinatown

Planning a trip to Japan is most certainly exciting, especially if it’s your first visit to the country. There are so many things to do and places to go to that you’ll likely have a packed itinerary trying to squeeze everything in. If you’re looking for a day trip from Tokyo (東京), Yokohama (横浜) is…

The Extraordinary Career of Japanese Designer Keisuke Unosawa

Do you recognize the name Keisuke Unosawa (鵜野沢啓祐)? If not, you’re about to find out all about this fascinating man. Unosawa is a creative director and designer who was born in Tokyo in 1964. He worked for Katsumi Komagata (駒形克己) before going freelance in 1987. His success was preceded by numerous rejections but, eventually, his…
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