Friday, September 20, 2019

Discover Drinking Alleys In Japan (I) : The “Yamanote Yokochos”

Yokocho in Japanese literally means “side alley” and usually refers to a small, winding smoky lane that leads you into another realm of Tokyo where grit rules over grids. While popular as tourist spots today,...

Shichiken: A Traditional Sake Brewery With Modern Ideas

A brewery that is a world of its own Yamanashi Prefecture Hokoto City's Hakushu area might be famous for Suntory's Hakushu Whiskey, but did you know that it is also home to long-established sake brewery, Shichiken? WAttention...

Let’s Talk Subculture Vol. 9 KAWAII MONSTER CAFE

  Explore the fascinating world of Japan’s subcultures with insights from the inside Beyond Kawaii From the moment you are swallowed by Mr. Ten thousand Chopsticks, or Choppy, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s mascot character which’s mouth functions as...

An online shop with a Café?

Popular online retailer Rakuten has a Café in Shibuya. Besides serving food and drinks that are popular on the site's main retailing webpage "Rakuten Ichiba", the staff can give you information about anything on...

Cafe Crawl: Kotori Cafe

Tweet along with Kotori Café’s adorable staff How about some chitchatting with cute birds at Kotori Café (literally meaning Small birds Café) in Omotesando? This café is a parrot’s answer (or is it just mimicking?) to...

No Beef with Kobe: Eat, See, Enjoy!

I took a day trip with K-san (unnamed for privacy) to Kobe during my week-long Japan vacation. We took the direct JR line (around 50 minutes) from our Osaka accommodation to Kobe’s central station,...

Cool Summer Treks Around Tokyo (1): Kamikochi in Nagano Prefecture

With the mercury rising in the concrete jungle of Tokyo, it’s definitely time to drop a few degrees Celsius by taking a hike somewhere in the lush, green hills of Japan. And while the average...

Fun Dining in Ikebukuro

Game for a Japan-only dining experience?

Yummy Yaesu Depachika Walkabout

The next time you have some time to spare before your next train or Shinkansen ride at the Tokyo Station - and have already explored most of the Tokyo Station Ichibangai - why not...
Tennozu Isle

Tokyo Bayside Story: Kita-Shinagawa and Tennozu Isle

A historic checkpoint station in a modern, stunning coastal setting Back in the Edo period (1603-1868), Kita-Shinagawa thrived as a shukuba, or checkpoint station, on the Tokaido, one of the five ancient roads that connected Tokyo...