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100 Things to Do in Ginza, the Most Glamorous and Stylish District in Tokyo, in 2019!

Located in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, Ginza is one of the city’s most famous upmarket shopping and entertainment districts. Within its boundary are many department stores, high-end boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, clubs – anything you could possibly want! On weekend afternoons from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (until 6:00pm from April to September), Ginza’s main shopping street,…

Top 99 Things to Do in Akihabara, the Home of Japanese Pop Culture, in 2019

If there’s one thing that Japan is known for overseas aside from sushi, it’s the otaku culture. Not familiar with the word otaku? Think manga, anime, cosplay, and themed cafés. While Tokyo is most certainly not short of any of this, the number one spot for getting your geek on is hands down Akihabara. In…

Thinking of Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 4 Reasons You Should Do It!

Are you thinking about studying abroad in Japan? Well, there are many fabulous and unique things that you will experience in the country. I’m Japanese, but I have met and made friends with many international students in Japan. I also worked for a Japanese language school to support international students. I have studied abroad twice…

On a Budget? Try These 5 Affordable and Delicious Foods in Japan!

If someone mentions Japanese food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Sushi (寿司) and ramen (ラーメン) have already gained substantial popularity in some countries. Right now, I live in a European city where I can eat them at many Japanese restaurants. But, sometimes, I do miss the taste of Japanese food available only…

Want Gourmet Meals but on a Budget? Try These 4 Restaurants in Tokyo

High-quality delicious food is not rare in Japan. You can find it almost anywhere. Different cities offer varieties of dining experiences ideal for gourmet enthusiasts. These are often frequented by gastronomes and food journalists who enjoy world-class cuisines and food tours. However, if you’re looking for the best places to eat gourmet food on a…

Check These 2 Places in Tokyo for Unique Christmas Meals This 2016

Have you made any plans on what you are going to do this coming Christmas 2016? If you happen to be in Tokyo (東京), there are many illuminations to check out, nice Christmas dinners offered at restaurants to savor, and plenty of fun activities which you can engage in. However, if you want to do…

Mr Kanso: Weird and Tasty Canned Food to Compliment Good Japanese Beer!

Who knew that a bar that only sold canned food could be so popular? There are many canned food bars in Japan, but the most prominent of them all is Mr. Kanso with many branches spanning all over Japan. Mr. Kanso is the oldest canned food bar in Japan and was opened in 2002. The…

Be Adventurous and Try These 3 Very Japanese Dishes Made with Squid!

Japan, despite being a relatively small country, is abundant with marine resources. Seafood plays a large role in the Japanese diet, and it is a common staple dish both at home and at different food establishments. Squid is one common seafood ingredient in Japan, with a variety of ways it can be served. Not everyone…

Kushikura Honten: Splash Out at a Fancy Izakaya in the Heart of Kyoto

What does the word ‘izakaya’ mean to you? For me, it conjures up an image of seedy backstreets, smoke congregating in wisps and billows around blinking street signs, salarymen in beer-stained business suits with cigarette-stained fingers gripping wooden sticks of skewered meat. An izakaya is a haven for the jabbering rabble – a noisy, alcohol-fuelled…