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koe donuts – an Ethical Donut Shop in Kyoto Designed by Kengo Kuma

Donuts have become a staple in people’s lives as an easy to go-to dessert and meal in one. Due to the dessert’s popularity, there has been a flux of donut specialty shops flooding the streets of every major city worldwide. However, many of these are casual shops focused on convenience and the donut’s image as…

What’s the Deal With Japanese Commercials?

Japanese culture is widely known for introducing the world to various interesting things like manga, geishas, and famous foods such as ramen. But one of the most infamous things in Japanese culture are the advertisements you’ll encounter in the country. Japanese advertisements are well-known for their manic pace, bizarre subject matter, and impressive productions. But…

Take a Journey Through the History of Japanese Advertising

There is no shortage of museums in the Tokyo area. There is practically a museum for every interest. Being someone who studied journalism and strategic communications, I am really interested in advertising and its history. So, the Ad Museum Tokyo was exactly the museum I have been wanting to see. While it is not the…

Have a Manga-Filled Experience at the International Manga Museum!

Many people know about Japan through its creation of manga and the enormous industry that has developed over the 20th century. The manga industry includes a large number of magazines, websites, and even original fan-made manga distributed at events like Comic Market. The International Manga Museum was dedicated in order to preserve the vast history…

The Hottest Japanese Anime Movies this Summer!

When Americans think of animated movies, what comes to mind are the grand animated musicals of Disney or the hilariously animated characters of Illumination. These films are enjoyed around the world by millions of people, but don’t let that obscure the fact that many of these countries produce animation of their own. Japan in particular…
See Neo-futuristic Exhibitions at the Japan Media Arts Festival

See Neo-futuristic Exhibitions at the Japan Media Arts Festival

The 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival just concluded, where the latest in a diverse range of both Japanese and international media arts were given a platform. While festival categories include crowd-pleasing manga and animation, the award-winning art exhibits were equally stimulating and thought-provoking. These exhibits may have passed, but next year the festival will be…

The Best Attractions at Aqua City in Odaiba!

As one of the biggest cities in the world, Tokyo, Japan is home to dozens of shopping centers where visitors can take full advantage of their duty-free status. Odaiba, the reclaimed island inside Tokyo Bay hosts a number of different industries such as shipping, manufacturing, and entertainment. But visitors to this futuristic space will find…

Find Tokyo’s Hot Spots for Extreme Street Fashion

Tokyo is such a fashion-forward city. It leads the world in top-notch street fashion and in completely out of the box, lavish outfits. While I was packing to move here I was trying to pick out the best pieces from my closet and kept looking at Tokyo fashion accounts for inspiration on possible outfits to…

2 Day MUST SEE Kyoto Trip

If you are traveling to Japan, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of things you MUST see. You’ll visit multiple websites that go from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto to Hiroshima to Nara to Hakone to Mt. Fuji and to the many other beautiful sites in Japan. It is a lot of information to…

Experience Japan’s Model Kit Culture at the Gundam Base!

If you’re at all familiar with Japanese pop culture, you probably have heard of or know about Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam, originally a television anime series which aired in 1979, has since grown into a massive franchise spanning various stories across anime, manga, films, and even an upcoming live-action film from Godzilla: King of the…