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2019: Winter Afternoon Tea Edition

Tokyo is a city of many hidden talents, excelling at things people would assume other cities dominated instead. One of the things where Tokyo shines is its luxury hotels’ take on afternoon tea, which puts what other cities around the world offer to shame. Since the menus change each season, here we have the best…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…
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Awesome Souvenir ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

In Japan, it is the general custom to pick up some “omiyage”, or “gifts” for your loved ones whenever you visit a different place. It is somewhat similar in other countries, where we encourage the idea that if you go somewhere, particularly a different country, you should buy some kind of gift for your friends…
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Get to Know the Popular Voice Actor Kaji Yuki and His Works!

Anime is huge in Japan so it’s only natural that seiyus (voice actors) get to be in the limelight too. One of the most popular seiyuus these days is Kaji Yuki. He’s not only a household name in Japan but is also recognized internationally since he voiced characters in worldwide hits such as Shingeki no…

How Many of These 5 Popular Dog Breeds in Japan Have You Seen?

Japan is the land of “kawaii” (cute) things. From clothing to accessories to stationery to even food, “cute” culture is often incorporated to make many quite ordinary items look adorable! Cute animals are also very popular in Japan and there are even TV shows and social media dedicated to hamsters, rabbits, kittens, puppies, and other…

Who Is This Cute Little White Bear Who Often Follows San-X’s Rilakkuma?

Everyone knows Rilakkuma, a popular fictional bear character from the company San-X that can be seen in many Japanese merchandise. But did you know that he is usually accompanied by a smaller, child-like white bear called “Korilakkuma”? She often follows him wherever he goes. Unlike Rilakkuma, she is more playful and loves listening to loud…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

Meet Lulu, the World’s First Living Doll Fashion Model In Japan!

It’s not surprising that the world’s first living doll has come from Japan. Her name is “Lulu Hashimoto,” a body-doll suit made by Hitomi Komaki. Lulu is turning heads in the fashion industry with her airbrushed doll-like joints! She may look a bit creepy but for Hitomi, Lulu is simply a way for women to…

Will Hello Kitty as Wonder Woman Help Promote the Superhero Film in Japan?

Sanrio’s (サンリオ) Hello Kitty (ハローキティ) is known for emulating different characters such as the gun-slinging schoolgirl from the 2016 Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (セーラー服と機関銃) movie or as the iconic robot in Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ), a Japanese super robot manga series. However, for the first time in history, Hello Kitty will be partnering with a…
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