By Yuanxil

Takadanobaba: The Vibrant Tokyo

Takadanobaba Station Tokyo has many famous areas, from Shibuya to Shinjuku. But some of the lesser known spots are actually worth a visit even on a short trip to the city. One of them is Takadanobaba, a vibrant college town blessed with rows of ramen places, quirky shops, and youthful energy. Takadanobaba Universities Takadanobaba is…

Japan for thrill seekers: Fuji-Q Highland

If Tokyo Disneyland or Universal Studios Japan is too tame and boring for your tastes, just 1.5h away from Tokyo is the cure for your thrill-seeking addiction: Fuji-Q Highland. Named after the mountain that sits in the backdrop of the theme park on a clear day, Fuji-Q is well known amongst adrenaline junkies for its…

Jazz Cafes: Totally Japanese

Japanese people are open-minded music lovers who readily adapt foreign music cultures into their own. One genre that gained particular traction in Japan is Jazz. Of course, as most foreign imports go, the way people in Japan consumes Jazz in their own country evolves to something unique to their own country. One such example of…

J-POP Girls’ Band vs K-POP Girls’ Band

East Asian girl bands these few recent years are a phenomenon to admire, whether you are a music lover or a business person. For Western audiences, witnessing the gaggles of cute girls in groups of up to 50 people dominating the Asian pop scene can be bemusing or even alarming. Whatever you think of East…

3 Famous Plants and Flowers in Japan, and Where You Can Find Them!

When someone thinks of famous Japanese flowers and plants, perhaps the two things that will probably spring to mind are Sakura (cherry blossoms) and bonsai trees. These two things have become synonymous with Japan, and are famous around the world. However, due to a great climate for plants and flowers throughout Japan, there are many…

The Basement Floor Food Heaven in Japan

Departmental basement floor may quite likely be valet parking in other countries, but in Japan, they are simply food heaven! Departmental stores in Japan usually typically cater to middle to high- end shops, but the basement is a democracy of good food at affordable prices for everyone. Fresh Foods Area Departmental basement floors are typically…

3 famous Japanese plants to see besides Sakura

Cherry blossoms, or Sakura, may be the iconic Japanese flower, but that is not to overlook the other beautiful flowers and plants, that also hold iconic status in Japanese culture. Often the inspiration and subject of songs and poems and other forms of art, Japanese people’s love for simple joys and nature come through in…

Taiyaki: The Legendary Sweet Sea Bream-Shaped Snacks

One iconic Japanese street snack is Taiyaki, which in English literally means grilled sea bream. As the name would not suggest, this snack is a pancake-like snack with a sweet filling. It is not at all fishy in taste or texture. It does, however, look like a fish. In The Past Fish and pancakes may…

The role of Mt. Fuji in Japanese culture

The most stereotypical shot of Japan that you can find is that of Mt. Fuji in the backdrop, peeking through cherry blossom branches. Yet what lends to its kitschy quality is the undeniable beauty of Mt. Fuji itself. With an almost perfectly spherical cone shape, and perpetually snow-capped top, Mt. Fuji has been an important…

Onigiri: Sushi’s poor brother?

Same same but different Onigiri are to Japanese people as what pasta are to Italian people (maybe). They are stuffed rice balls wrapped with nori (seaweed), and the very basic take-out lunch for Japanese people. They come in round, or triangular, or in elongated shapes; their fillings are traditionally salty preserved food such as umeboshi…