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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition to Visit in Osaka

With the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, the series experienced a “rebirth”. A new manga serialization and anime series were announced, and many merchandise were released, such as figures, ichiban kuji and even café collaborations. It seems like Cardcaptor Sakura is everywhere again these days. And it’s not even surprising why Cardcaptor Sakura is still…
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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…

Child Prostitution?!? In Japan?!?!

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

The Morbid World of Oshima Teru

After months of spending your limited free time stressfully looking for the perfect place to live, you end up finding a 1LDK apartment in coveted Chiyoda ward. It’s a dream property. An apartment of that size in the heart of Tokyo is rarely available, and much less at the price that is being offered to…

The Future of Japanese Tea: Sayama Tea Blends and Tea Culture in Japan

This year, in November, I was lucky enough to participate in an event organized by Pony Canyon (PoniCan), quite a famous name here in Japan and recognized overseas, as well. The spotlight of the event was Sayama Tea(狭山茶/ Sayama Cha) and me and my coworker even got to taste various blends in the second half…
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Try the Jumbo Gyoza Challenge at Kagurazaka Hanten!

Japanese food is, no doubt, one of the best in the world. Most of their food are known to consist of health-boosting minerals that supports a healthy digestive tract. However, have you ever thought about enjoying Japanese food through a challenge? A popular shop in Tokyo called Kagurazaka Hanten is serving jumbo gyoza for free…

Visit These 3 New Instagram-Worthy Spots in Shinjuku!

Nowadays, many people share their lives on social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook and Instagram, if you are planning to visit Tokyo, and would like to take some beautiful photos to share on the internet, here are some recommendation to you! Shinjuku is located at the middle of Tokyo city, with convenient transportation network and…

JENESYS 2.0: How to be a Japanese Cultural Ambassador?

As a goodwill ambassador appointed for JENESYS 2.0 last September 2013, I was tasked to spread Japanese culture in my own country through my very own ways. As soon as I found out that the Japan embassy in the Philippines is looking for candidates for JENESYS 2.0, I immediately sent out my application. I presented…
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