2016 December

Indulge in Authentic French Cuisine at MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR in Tokyo

Last October 2016, the iconic MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR collaborated with Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi in providing limited edition cocktails served in exquisite Carlo Moretti glasses. Everything that was served was inspired by the vibrant and playful flavors of Italy mixed with a Japanese twist. It was actually something that paid homage to…

Pay Voluntary Tax and Receive a Sword From Japan’s City of Blades!

The Japanese economy has been struggling for several decades now. It has been facing deflation and slow growth. In order to survive, the consumption tax on commodities and goods has been increased. Additionally, there are other kinds of taxes being paid by the citizens to the government such as income tax, enterprise tax, property tax,…

Take a Look at KAT-TUN’s Ten Years as a Johnny’s Idol Group!

KAT-TUN celebrated their 10th year debut anniversary last March 22, 2016. In spite of losing three members, the remaining members celebrated their anniversary by having a live concert called “KAT-TUN 10th Anniversary Live Tour ’10Ks!’” The word “10Ks” is a short term for “thanks.” KAT-TUN wanted to convey their heartfelt thanks to the “Hyphens,” their…

Heading to Yamagata? Here Are 4 Must-Try Activities in the Area!

A place known for its agricultural products, hot springs, rural flair, and natural beauty is Yamagata (山形). It is a large prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Tohoku (東北) region. Historically speaking, the aboriginal Ezo (蝦夷) people are greatly rooted in this place. There are also several major attractions that…

Maruo Falls: A Perfect Pit Stop as You Travel in Kirishima, Japan

When you’re traveling out in the countryside, it’s not uncommon to find yourself driving for hours on end to reach your destination. If your travels take you to Kirishima (霧島) in Kagoshima (鹿児島) Prefecture and you’re in need of a short rest, why not stop off at this pretty little waterfall to take in the…

Check Out GINZA PLACE, the Latest Posh Shopping Complex in Tokyo!

If you’re looking for the best shopping and entertainment district in Japan, Ginza (銀座) is definitely the place to be. Besides featuring the latest brands in fashion, it also boasts stylish boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. And this time, it has recently introduced a new kid on its glitzy block called the GINZA…

9 Things to Do for a Peaceful Day Out in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Fukagawa (深川), an area on the east side of the Sumida River (隅田川) in Tokyo (東京) was home to merchants and the working class during the Edo period. Geographically located on low ground level (reclaimed marshland) and populated by the lower class, it was aptly known as “Low Town.” Today, no parts of Tokyo is…

Appreciate Japanese Art, Nature, and Culture at This Park in Kawasaki

One of the great places to visit in Japan is the Ikuta Ryokuchi Park (生田緑地), a hidden gem in Kawasaki (川崎). It is not just your ordinary park as it is one of the best places to enjoy nature due to its abundant forestry. Check out this park and its different features below! Ikuta Ryokuchi…

Real Life Ninjas? All About Parkour in Japan and Parkour Performer Zen

When it comes to Japanese culture and entertainment, ninjas are just as iconic as samurais. And when a typical moviegoer gets asked how to describe a ninja, he or she might say, “Ninjas always wear black. They move so swiftly when they climb walls, jump on rooftops, infiltrate territories, and assassinate enemies with their special…