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Meaning of “Giri Choco”: The Guide to Valentine`s Day and White Day in Japan

It is almost February… time passes by so quickly, isn`t it? In Japan, you can already see how fast things are getting ready for the next exciting event to come: Valentine`s Day; a celebration of romance and love that takes place annually on February 14th in many places around the world. On Valentine`s day, people…

Child Prostitution?!? In Japan?!?!

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…
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The Japanese Old Woman that Raises Ducks: PET or FOOD?! Caring or Animal Cruelty?!

This Monday, on the Japanese TV Show 月曜から夜ふかし(Getsuyou kara Yofukashi), in the Investigation Section, people sent a request to the staff in order to investigate it further. The request was about an Old Woman that has an unusual pet: a duck. The duck always follows the old woman on the streets of Tokyo and seems…

Living in Japan: A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling

In most countries other than Japan, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a certain extent, such as cardboard or food…

How to Stay Safe in Roppongi

Roppongi has grown to become the most diversified district for nightlife in all Tokyo. The mixture of all the luxury apartments surrounding the area, offices, shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, bars, clubs, and a thriving expat community have shaped Roppongi’s character and largely influence how Tokyoites feel about this district. It’s elegant. It’s expensive. It’s entertaining.…

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…