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Matsutake, The Most Expensive Mushroom in Japan

One mushroom highly prized by the Japanese and Chinese is “matsutake.” Japan has had a long love affair with it. However, only few people are able to eat it due to its expensive price. There are times when prices drop a little lower if there’s an optimal amount of rain, and that is probably the…

5 Essential Utensils for Cooking Japanese Food

So you moved to a new land, got yourself a swanky pad, and are going to get to cooking some delicious grub of the land of the rising sun. You may need to stock your kitchen up on the essential ingredients, but you also need some utensils and kitchen goods! jp.fotolia.com/ Get your Japanese kitchen…

5 Things You Can Make in a Rice-Cooker Apart from Plain Rice!

A bread-maker makes bread, and ice-cream machine makes ice-cream, but a rice cooker… now tat is no one-trick-pony. When I bought my first rice cooker, I was concerned that I was using up a considerable chunk of my kitchen space on a contraption that basically only boils a bit of rice. But after several years…

50 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo’s Hip and Arty Neighbourhood, in 2020

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just a 15-minute train…

77 Things to Do in Ikebukuro to Make the Most of Your Visit to Tokyo in 2019!

If you come to Tokyo, classic, must-see spots like the famous Shibuya’s scramble crossing which is crossed by thousands of people an hour, Harajuku’s colorful shops with unique and sometimes strange fashions, and Shinjuku’s busy streets including the notorious red light district will likely be high on your list of places to go. However, did…

100 Things to Do in Okinawa, the Beach Island Paradise of Japan, in 2019

Okinawa is a gorgeous collection of islands around 400 miles south of mainland Japan. It boasts sandy white beaches, glamorous hotel resorts, and fun activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming with marine animals. It is also home to several sightseeing spots such as gardens and castles, making the group of islands a worthwhile visit…

100 Things to Do in Shibuya, Tokyo’s Fashionable Metropolis, in 2019

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s main districts, home to countless department stores, restaurants, clubs, love hotels, and karaoke parlors. If you visit Tokyo, spending time in Shibuya is a definite must-see place! Although partying and shopping are great choices, they aren’t the only things to do. Here are 100 things to do in Shibuya, one…

30 Things to Do in Tsukiji, Home to the Biggest Fish Market in the World, in 2019

Head south of Tokyo Station and the chic Ginza district towards Tokyo Bay and you will arrive in a small area called Tsukiji. This neighbourhood, easily accessible from either Tsukiji Station or Tsukijishijo Station on the metro, is most famous as the home of Tsukiji Market, the world’s largest fish market. With its proximity to…