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Art Aquarium Nihonbashi 2019: Goldfish and Edo Culture

by Zoria Petkoska Nihonbashi was the heart of Edo, or old Tokyo, where all important roads used to meet. To this day, the area is displaying its Edo heritage through art, design, events, food – both authentic recreations and modern culture twists. Just a stroll around the area reveals elegant tradition-inspired design, with people wearing…
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Surviving Japanese Summer: Tips and Lifesaving Products

  by Zoria Petkoska The unbearable heatwaves are globally getting worse and even before that, Japanese summers have been notorious since forever. Almost every iconic anime or film has a summer scene of people almost melting into the tatami like Dali’s clocks, while cicadas blare in the background. The scene might also have a hardworking…
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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…

How is Anime Made in Japan? Learn from SHIROBAKO!

Binge watching anime as if there’s no tomorrow? Many of us do, loving the distinctive aesthetics and storytelling of Japanese anime. But have you ever wondered how much work goes into a single minute of video material? And who is behind your favourite anime? We have seen many documentaries and behind the scenes footage of…
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Tokyo Swimming Pools to Check Out in 2019: Party, Play or just Relax

Summers get sweltering hot in the concrete jungle that is Tokyo. It gets uncomfortably humid too. One of the best remedies is running off to an island or to the north, but if we’re being realistic – that is not an option for people living and working in Tokyo. It’s also unhelpful advice to travelers…
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Where to Try Japanese Beef Yakiniku BBQ in Tokyo

Yakiniku, also known as Japanese barbecue, is one of several Japanese do-it-yourself collaborative culinary experiences. Just like shabu-shabu hot pot, or okonomiyaki savoury pancakes, you cook your meal on a table in front of you, just as you like it! It’s fun, great for showing off your grilling skills and perfect for gourmands who know…
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Kim Kardashian Kimono Controversy and Conclusion

The internet has been in an uproar recently about a scandal that has everything a good scandal needs: celebrities, fans, history and an international element. If you are confused by the photos of beige form-fitting underwear and what does that have to do with the Japanese traditional kimono – you came to the right place…

Things in Japan that Tourists Hate

Japan is a dream destination attracting people of all ages and walks of life. The attraction is mutual, as Japan’s government is setting a goal of welcoming 40 million tourists in 2020 and 60 million by 2030. However, as in all popular tourist destinations, miscommunications arise, creating discomfort in both locals and visitors. The problems…
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Secret Spots for Coffee Lovers in Harajuku Omotesando area

Coffee is a hug in a mug, a daily companion for many. And coffee lovers wouldn’t want to walk in a coffeeshop for subpar coffee. Especially when travelling, when you need that caffeine boost more than ever, it’s important to find a list of good coffee shops that are also an experience. Now, you probably…
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Matcha Desserts Deluxe 2019

The green powdered tea is one of Japan’s most recognizable products, recently gaining a global popularity for both its taste and its health benefits. From elegant traditional tea ceremonies to cute modern sweets with a matcha twist, matcha has been widely popular in Japan for centuries. The bitter and refreshing tea is prepared fairly simply,…