Japanese Skincare: An Interview with Supreme Noi Co.

A skincare brand that has been around for a few years is starting to pick up popularity, here in Tokyo. Supreme Noi is a Japanese beauty and skincare brand that has been around since 2012. It is still a relatively young company compared to many other beauty brands, but it has been gaining more popularity…

The Sewer System Keeping Tokyo Dry

It’s well known that Japan’s population is gradually growing older, as the birth rate falls and the healthcare industry shifts to accommodate the aging population of the country. The country is also experiencing changes in population density, as the population of rural areas decline as people move to large city areas. Tokyo is no exception…

Adjusting To Life In Japan – What I Wish I Knew

Moving to or even visiting Japan sounds exciting. A new country filled with culture, history, and innovation is a perfect place to explore. However, like any other place away from home, it is easy to find the negative in everything out of the norm. As a highly adaptive individual, I did not have many problems…

Cars, Looms, and Robots at the Toyota Museum

When we think of Japan and industry, one of the first images that comes to mind is that of a clean and efficient robot assembly line. We love to think of Japan as a heavily modernized country that has been producing things like this for many years, but this was not always the case. Visitors…

Top 10 Best Food Selections at 7-Eleven

Convenience stores reign supreme in Japan. With at least two on every street, you can’t walk a block without passing by at least one. The convenience stores here are nothing like ones anywhere else in the world, especially not like the ones in the U.S. Here, convenience stores are extremely nice, and have exceptional food.…

hexaRide: An Incredible VR Experience Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

When people hear “VR,” or virtual reality, it doesn’t register much of a reaction. It’s something you might see advertised on TV or on a small poster in a department store. If you are like I was, it’s not something you would ever imagine yourself being interested in. In Japan, however, VR attractions are going…

The Future of Japan’s Arcades Are These Cards

While people are commonly told that Japan is a cash-based economy, this isn’t always true. In various spots around the country, IC cards are utilized for their convenience and value, such as taking the train to get places without needing to buy a ticket for the trip. The case is no different in Japan’s arcades,…

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…

Japan Has a Mascot For Everything – Even Piracy

Everybody knows how large Japan’s entertainment industry is. From blockbuster video games to manga one-shots, you can find a wide range of genres and interests to enjoy in Japanese entertainment. Unfortunately, many of these products are prime targets for theft and piracy. Manga piracy is the most prominent, with entire chapters from popular magazines like…

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…