by Zoria

The Otaku Paradise in the New Shibuya PARCO 2019

by Zoria Petkoska At the beginning of 2019, Tokyoites were surprised and delighted by art from the cult classic Akira appearing on construction fences in Shibuya. The art seemed deliberate, and it was not graffiti, which made otakus even more curious as to who was behind this. This is because graffiti is illegal and very…

5 Lesser-Known but Cool Cafes in Tokyo you Must Visit

Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off,…

Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

People are often impressed and overwhelmed by the manners and politeness of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as trains or buses, things get turned on their head. It’s not hard to see perfectly healthy-looking people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. This happens even in the PRIORITY SEAT…

Okinawa’s Shuri Castle Destroyed in a Fire

*information as of October 31st, 2019, 3 pm Japan time by Zoria Petkoska On October 31st, 2019, Japan woke up to some heartbreaking news – Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s designated national treasures has burnt almost to the ground during the night. The castle had recently completed renovations and…

Apartment hunting in Tokyo? Things to Be Careful About

Trying to find a decent yet affordable apartment to rent is a nightmarish struggle in almost every city. On top of that, when you try and rent an apartment in a foreign country where there’s a language barrier, the whole experience gets even more arduous. Tokyo has its own issues and different rental market rules,…

Autumn Afternoon Tea 2019 – 3 Tokyo Spots Worth the Hype!

by Zoria Petkoska & Martin Danker What’s there not to love about Autumn? The weather finally becomes cooler, all those hellish mosquitoes that tormented people during summer perish, and delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables start bringing a special touch to the local cuisine. Japan loves its seasons and equally loves creating seasonal menus and products to go with…

Typhoon 19 ‘Hagibis’ Aftermath – Damage Reports Updates

Note: these damage reports are true and final at the time of writing this article (October 17th) As typhoon season was ending and Japan was slowly crossing into autumn, a monster storm on the horizon raised concerns as never before in Tokyo. The typhoon no.19, also known as “Hagibis” (meaning “speed” in Tagalog), was considered…

Working in the Nursing Home Care Industry in Japan

One of the industries in Japan that suffers severe labor shortage is the nursing home care sector. It is at the same time a sector that only keeps expanding, with no shortage of customers in the quickly aging nation that is Japan. This translates into many job offers with stable income available for both Japanese…
by Zoria

Things to do in Furano, Hokkaido, in Winter

by Zoria Petkoska The lavender paradise that is Furano lasts all summer, but it’s not like this area is a one-hit-wonder. All of Hokkaido is stunning in winter, with snowy landscapes, cozy hot springs and scrumptious food that never disappoints. And Furano is no different. So here’s what can you do in Furano and the…

Halloween 2019 in Shibuya: New Rules After 2018 Incident

by Zoria Petkoska The spontaneous Halloween bash that has been going on annually for several days around October 31st in Shibuya might never be the same again. The street party is a Tokyo legend, being free in every sense of the word… until now. What happened in Shibuya Halloween 2018? In 2018, according to the…