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Tenjin Matsuri: Osaka’s Festival of Fire and Water

If you are in Osaka tomorrow, you can catch this rare scene of a women-only contingent carrying a 200kg mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. This is the lead up to Osaka's...

Restaurant Review: Shinjuku Nakamuraya Manna

A curry love story Any lover of authentic curry in Japan would have heard of Nakamuraya in Shinjuku, but not all may be aware of the true love story behind the blend of Indian spice...

Replica Weapon Warehouse For The Cosplay Warrior

Though the endless rows of swords along the walls might make you think the owners here are preparing for the next samurai revolution, make no mistake – this fake weapon store is for real. Hidden...

Restaurant Review: Kiraku

THE Shibuya Ramen With more than 100 ramen shops originating from all over the country, Shibuya is like a giant noodle spider web. Hidden in the middle of this maze stands Kiraku, a ramen shop that has captured the...

Onsen Oasis: Dogo Onsen

Get spirited away at one of Japan's oldest hot springs At Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, you soak in the historic atmosphere just as much as the hot spring itself. While Matsuyama as a...

A nostalgic ride in a modern city

Don't lose track on Tokyo Toden's last streetcar Until the late sixties, Tokyo Toden was one of the most complicated streetcar networks in the world. Streetcar tracks could be seen anywhere in the city much like...

Spicy Ramen Walker: Shibuya

WAttention Tokyo’s editor Tor Ching Li went to three popular ramen restaurants and demanded the spiciest they had to offer to gauge how spicy Tokyo’s ramen is to the Singaporean palate. Moukotanmen Nakamoto 蒙古タンメン中本 Serving up...

Café Crawl: Meikyoku Kissa Lion

A sip of Showa in modern Shibuya Step inside Meikyoku Kissa Lion, and for a moment you might think you’ve mistakenly entered a church or an aged music theatre. But at this 89-year old iconic...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Eat The Eel Day

Just surviving on somen, shaved ice or salad when your appetite is suppressed by the hot and humid Japanese summer is bound to leave one listless - which is why the Japanese believe in...

Nostalgic Pottering in Yanesen Part 2

Shitamachi roaming by bicycle Last time we left off at the Nennekoya. Get on your Tokyo bike as it's time to potter on! (For part 1, see "Nostalgic Pottering in Yanasen Part 1") Nezu Shrine With a history of...