The 24 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo

Japan has never been the best country in terms of restaurants providing vegan and vegetarian options. However, things have slowly started to change. Whether due to health or sustainability issues, vegan food has been getting more attention these days. The rise of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo is surely a welcoming sight to many…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

Matsutake, The Most Expensive Mushroom in Japan

One mushroom highly prized by the Japanese and Chinese is “matsutake.” Japan has had a long love affair with it. However, only few people are able to eat it due to its expensive price. There are times when prices drop a little lower if there’s an optimal amount of rain, and that is probably the…

Engimono: 11 Popular Japanese Good Luck Charms for Your Home

Luck. That single word has come to define what many individuals, groups, and cultures want. There are expressions to wish good luck upon someone, and phrases that attribute one’s achievements to luck. Essentially, people want good luck, and multiple countries and cultures will regard certain items as charms that will bring good fortune to those…

UGH! Mosquitoes!: What Do Japanese People Buy and Do?

Mosquitoes are a constant annoyance associated with Japanese summers. The biggest problem is that in recent years Japan has seen a particularly unwelcome one: the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rachmadi Hardhanang (@rachmadihardhanang) on Dec 7, 2019 at 7:17pm PST The Asian tiger mosquito, originally from…

What is “Kyushoku“? – Ranking the 5 Most Popular Dishes

In Japan, most public elementary and junior high school have Kyushoku, a school lunch provided to all students on every school day. Some schools have their own kitchens and cooks, but most are prepared at Kyshoku centers where cooks and dieticians work, and are immediately delivered to each school to guarantee that meals stay warm.…

5 Easy Ghibli Recipes to Try at Home!

Studio Ghibli’s movie has lots of fantastic dishes, and many fans have been eager to try them. However, while most of the famous dishes like Kiki’s herring pie and Spirited Away’s bizarre food Chihiro’s father ate and many fans have failed to replicate are more difficult to prepare, Ghibli’s movies also have simpler dishes one…

What Are The Differences Between Yukata and Kimono?

It is very easy to recognize the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…

Cheers! 8 Great Beer Gardens in Tokyo – 2020 Edition

Saying goodbye to the long rainy season means that the hot and humid summer has finally come in Japan. Opening a nice, cold beer at home after a hard day of work is needless to say a good treatment for your tired body. But why not doing that outside with perfect appetizers while relaxing in…

Anime Pilgrimage: 10 Different Cities You Can Visit!

Fans tend to go on pilgrimages to see and take photos of places that appeared in their favorite movies or their most beloved TV shows. It is not uncommon to hear of Game of Thrones fans travelling across Europe to find places that brought to life the city of King’s Landing or the walls of…