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Serving up Style: Fiendishly Delicious Canned Food Recipes!

Of the many trends to sweep Japan in recent years, one of the more curious is a love of all things canned. From $100 shark fins to whole loaves of …

Recipes

Cup Noodle Ranking! Japan's Top 3 Cup Noodle Favorites Announced

For daily life in Japan, the convenience store is indispensable, offering a rich assortment of goods and all sorts of convenient services. In May …

7-Eleven

First time in Tokyo? Here's your easy guide to exploring the Shibuya and Harajuku area!

Shibuya and Harajuku, where the young converge. The streets that constantly give rise to new trends are a must-see if you want to experience young …

Japan

Perfect Balance of Chocolate and Plum Liquor: You'll Love the Brand-New “KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-ume” - Japan’s Popular KitKat Sensation!

Japanese food is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and the world is in the tight, tasty grip of a Japanese food boom! Spirits such …

Asia Travel

Ramune & More - The Top 10 Original Japanese Drinks!

Looking for a nice, refreshing drink can be its very own adventure when sightseeing in Japan. As you scour convenience store aisles and examine the …

Asia Travel

Beyond the Guidebook - 5 Expats Talk Tokyo's Best Neighborhoods for Visitors to Stay In!

In the great, widespread concrete jungle of Tokyo, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors to choose an area or neighborhood to stay in. Here, …

Café

Japan's Solo Barbecue Trend: "Hitori Yakiniku" - From 30¢ per Piece!?

"Hitori Yakiniku Misono" is a barbecue restaurant located in Ikebukuro (Tokyo's western side) that follows the intriguing concept of barbecuing …

The 10 Must-Try Snacks at Japan’s 7-Eleven Convenience Stores

Japan’s convenience stores are amazing in many ways and as you travel, you’ll find yourself stopping by on more than one occasion. One of the most …

7-Eleven

Simple Tasty Japanese Recipes: Napolitan-style Rice Bowl!

Craving Japanese food but making sushi at home is just too much of a hassle right now? Follow star chef Ryuta Kijima into a world of casual Japanese …

Recipes

Japan's Pokémon Café Serving Up Fun & Festive Dishes For Halloween!

Japan's largest Pokémon Center opened its doors earlier this year on Tokyo's east side, with the first permanent (and adorable) Pokémon Café inside! …

Asia Travel

How to eat sushi: Answers to 6 questions you were always wondering (but too afraid to ask)!

There seem to be a lot of rumors and misconceptions around the “proper” way to eat sushi.<p>1. How to Eat Sushi: Chopsticks or Fingers?<p>First of all, it …

Soysauce

[2017] Let's Go See Momiji: the Best Autumn Leaf Spots in and around Tokyo

The Japanese autumn and its many different colors is a magnificent sight to behold. Also called 'momiji' or 'koyo' in Japanese, autumn leaf viewing …

Japan's got an app for your appetite?! Giant touchscreen magic: Japan's most advanced coinless vending machine is pretty much like you'd expect

Apple may have just unveiled a trio of new iPhones, but Japan is well acquainted with a different sense of screen magic: the touchscreen vending …

Acquainted

Exploring one of Tokyo's most scenic neighborhoods: Shibamata

Shibamata is a nostalgic part of Tokyo, reminiscent of a townscape of the olden days. This town will make you feel like you've fallen through a crack …

Relationships

Visiting the National Diet Building in Tokyo: Take a Peek at Japan’s Government with a Free Tour!

As with other capital cities, Tokyo has a variety of impressive government buildings that are open to the public. Tokyo’s National Diet Building …

Japan

Tokyo's Free Sightseeing Buses - Explore the City, the Comfortable Way!

Tokyo is a massive city; while sightseeing is incredibly fun and there's much to discover, your feet are going to hurt at some point. Here's where …

Japan

What to wear while traveling in Japan? Here's what to pack for every season!

Tokyo boasts a warm, humid climate with four distinct seasons. Winter is cold, temperatures may fall below the freezing point, while summer has a lot …

Global Warming

Column: What’s the Story behind the Facemasks Worn by Japanese?

The way people try to prevent colds varies from country and region. What may seem obvious to Japanese as a way to prevent colds may seem odd to …

Immune System

Column: Why Do Japanese People Apologize So Much?

A lot of people know about the Japanese word sumimasen, meaning “sorry,” even though they don’t speak the language. It’s not an exaggeration to say …

Japan

How to Eat Sushi Like a Local: 5 Unofficial Sushi Rules According to Japanese!

In Japan, sushi is a thoroughly casual food, but even here high-class sushi restaurants are on the rise. While conveyor belt restaurants are still …

Canned Food Mania: Taste Testing 5 of Japan’s Most Popular Offerings

Japan is a country that seemingly prides itself on its eccentricity. With countless numbers of fanatical subcultures, if you can imagine it, it most …

Oysters

Snacks Ranking: Japan’s Top 3 Convenience Store Snacks, Crowned by 7-Eleven’s Popularity Ranking!

From world-class “omotenashi” hospitality to various convenient services, Japanese convenience stores are praised all around the world. The biggest …

7-Eleven

First Time Visiting Tokyo? 10 Tips for How not to Look Like a Tourist during Your Stay in Japan!

With rich culture, delicious cuisine and a beautiful language, Japan is unlike any other destination you’ll visit. And while the major tourist …

How to Get from Narita Airport (NRT) to Tokyo: Buses, Trains, and Taxis for Everybody!

Contrary to what you might imagine, Narita International Airport - one of Tokyo's two main airports - is actually located somewhat outside Tokyo's …

Japan

Check out Japan's 3 quirky sightseeing trains to Mt. Fuji!

Hello, everybody! My name is Atsumi Furuya and today, I’m taking you on a trip on the Fuji Express Line! There are three unique tourist trains for us …

Trains

Anime fan? You'll want to check out the Tokyo Tower One Piece Theme Park!

Opened in March 2015, One Piece Tower is the first large-scale One Piece theme park, with nine different attractions across four floors, each based …

Anime

10 Tokyo Cultural Experiences to Get to Know Japan First-Hand

Every year, around 24 million people from all over the world visit Japan to explore the country and its rich and fascinating culture, a number that …

Japan

Where to Eat Sushi in Tokyo? 3 of Live Japan's Recommended Spots!

Sushi originated during the Edo period, and is a famous Japanese cuisine loved throughout the world. There are many sushi restaurants in Tokyo that …

Japan

Get Your Bento On! Tokyo Station’s Top 5 Recommended Station Lunches

Tokyo Station is the hub for several JR lines leading into Tokyo city as well as Shinkansen trains that will carry you all the way north or south of …

Japan

Beyond the Guidebook - 5 Expats Share Their Favorite Secret Spots in Tokyo!

Tokyo endlessly remains a mysterious city even for those who have lived here their entire lives. Every crevice seems to hold a hidden treasure, some …

Japan