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Check Out This Cosplay Photo Studio in Japan That Used to Be a Real School!

Schools are a common setting in Japanese TV shows and anime. In Japan, cosplayers who dress up as school kids may find it difficult to get an authentic-looking school backdrop for their photo shoots. However, there is some good news for enthusiastic cosplayers! An old high school in Kurate (鞍手), Fukuoka (福岡) has been transformed…

On the Hunt for Hard-To-Find Japanese Goods? Try Out These 3 Subscription Boxes!

It is not always easy to get your hands on Japanese goods. From shipping fees to customs fees, the options for buying are limited and other communication problems can leave you feeling intimidated when buying something online from Japan. However, one solution has recently become available – subscription boxes! This revelation has been increasing in…

5 Affordable Places to Stay in Ikebukuro, Tokyo’s Liveliest District!

Ikebukuro (池袋) is located in Toshima Ward (豊島区) in Tokyo, Japan and is a hub for eating, shopping, anime, and business. With that description, it is somehow a mix of the busy, commercial atmosphere of Shinjuku (新宿) and the fun, otaku atmosphere of Akihabara (秋葉原). With so many things that this district has to offer,…

Cosplay and Read Books All Night at This Bookstore Event in Tokyo!

Have you ever dreamed of spending the night at a bookstore and reading all the books you want to read? How about cosplaying the whole night until you get tired? Or are you the person who wants to do both? JUNKUDO (ジュンク堂), a bookstore in Tokyo (東京), will be holding an event this 2017 where…

Your Ultimate Guide to the 11 Best Thrift Shops in Shimokitazawa

In the trendy, low-key neighborhood of Shimokitazawa (下北沢), you can find all sorts of stores and places. On a day when you feel like going on a little exploration, Shimokitazawa’s vintage stores and quaint cafes can keep you occupied. Previously, I have written about the thrift and vintage stores you can visit in Harajuku (原宿).…

Cafe-Hopping in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo: 29 Cafes You Should Visit

Shimokitazawa (下北沢) has been gaining popularity as a hip and trendy neighborhood. With an abundance of shops and cafes, it is very easy to see why this suburb in Setagaya-ku (世田谷区) is being called as the newest must-visit place in Tokyo. It is also popular among the Japanese youth and is one of the top…

Did You Know This Gorgeous Cafe in Kyoto Used to be a Public Bathhouse?

With Kyoto (京都) being one of the biggest cities in Japan, it is rich in history and culture. One of the places in the city that exhibit these qualities is Arashiyama (嵐山). There are many notable tourist spots in this district, like Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋) and Daikakuji Temple (大覚寺), that it is quite easy to…

Taste MATSUNOSUKE’s World-Famous Pies and Pancakes in Tokyo and Kyoto

There is an abundance of cafes in Japan that serve delicious pastries. From pies to cakes to bread, you name it, they have it. MATSUNOSUKE (松之助) is one of those cafes. With three branches across Japan, specifically, one in Tokyo and two in Kyoto, a visit to their cafes should be a must for people…

Visiting Karatsu in Saga? Here Are 15 Amusing Things to Do There

Located in Saga Prefecture (佐賀県) on Kyushu Island (九州), Karatsu (唐津) is a city filled with the beauty of Japanese culture. The city was an important trading port in the past because of its proximity to China and Korea. Karatsu’s name has its origin from the words “kara (唐),” meaning China or continental East Asia,…