by Zoria

Japan Vs. Tourists: Bans and Limitations That Impact Tourism

There is a saying with a couple of variations that goes something like “tourists seem to leave their brains at home when they travel”. Many will read this and nod in agreement, as tourists everywhere are often seen disoriented, bumbling, fumbling, miming, breaking social rules and norms, and some even breaking laws! The bigger the…

Can You Still Visit the Recently Burned Down Shuri Castle in Okinawa?

On the morning of October 31st 2019 Japan found out that the beloved landmark of Naha, Okinawa, Shuri castle had burned down. The damage is huge, and although there are many donations and government support, it will take years and years to restore Shuri Castle to its full glory. by Zoria Petkoska (more about the…

Kumamoto’s Hidden Gems: Top 10 Travel Spots in Uki, Uto & Misato

The beautiful off the beaten path Uki area near Kumamoto city in Kyushu is the true embodiment of the Japanese concept of ‘satoyama’ – nature at its most authentic and beautiful self. From stunning nature landscapes and phenomena, to rich history and culture, and even unique photo spots you can hardly believe are real –…

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…