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Tokyo’s Best Natural Parks and Gardens

For a large and modern city, it might come as a surprise to find that Tokyo is actually blessed with some wonderfully natural parks. Of course, people often visit Ueno park with its zoo, museums and sakura trees, yet beyond this well-healed park, are some beautifully structured and calming gardens that can rival even those…

Hatsumode: The First Shrine Visit of the New Year

Japanese New Year holidays usually start from December 29 and go until January 3, but depending on the year and one’s job it can start as early ad December 27th and go until January 8th. During this time, people are busy cleaning their houses in the osoji ritual before New Year, making or buying osechi…

3 stunning sunrise spots in Tohoku

Japan is often called the land of the rising sun, but where should you go to witness the sun rise over this beautiful land? For those of us travelling to Japan we have probably seen a sunrise whilst struggling with jet lag, from our hotel room or the airport. Even from the plane window! However,…

Wildlife Spotting in Japan

The natural beauty of Japan is not something that immediately springs to the minds of many. Instead, we conjure up the image of the busy streets and shopping modernity of Tokyo, and not the mountain ranges, fresh streams and open forest. And yet, the landscape of Japan boasts all these things and more. For its…

Things to See and Do in Yokohama: Past, Present & Future

Who knew a small sleepy fishing village of the Edo period would one day become the legendary “Port of Yokohama”? Yokohama is the port that opened Japan to the world about 165 years back when the fleet of US naval warships arrived at the Honshu coast of Japan forcing the end of its long isolation.…

20 ‘Japanglish’ Words That Can Be Useful To Know and Confusing If You Don’t

Just as how you use the word “anime” as you talk with your friends about Pokemon, or say the word, “sushi” when you come across a Japanese restaurant in your hometown, the Japanese also have their fair share of borrowing words from other languages. As English is an international language, the Japanese throughout the years…

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,…

Inokashira Zoo – Tokyo’s Smaller Charming Zoo within a Park

Kichijoji – an area west of Tokyo, just next to Suginami-ku, has the reputation of being one of the most popular Tokyo neighbourhoods to live in. It has been topping the charts for years now, either being no.1 or in top 3 and it’s easy to see why. It’s not as pricey or busy as…

Would you dare to eat these weird Japanese foods?

When it comes to food, Japan always scores high – both in refined dishes and tasty street foods and the so-called B-Gourmet. From the ancestral sushi to the all-popular ramen, Japan is a foodie paradise. However, hidden in the dark, there are some foods, each stranger than each other, that you have probably never experienced.…