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2019.02.22 NEW
Yozakura: 3 Unique Ways to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms at Night
The joy and grandeur of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) doesn't end when the sun sets. Thanks to “yozakura,” the custom of viewing cherry blossoms at
2019.02.15
Sky Circus Sunshine 60: Exploring Ikebukuro’s Historic Observation Deck
Tokyo is constantly evolving. Its towering office buildings and mixed-use skyscrapers are embroiled in a constant game of one-upmanship. With each new
2019.02.15
How to Order Sake - Know the Measurements
Have you ever been asked in a restaurant whether you wanted a “shaku” or “ichigo”? Have you ever worried about getting too much (or too little) to dri
2019.02.13
【INTERVIEW】The job of Rickshaw Driver: from Guiding People to Changing People’s Lives
For a long time, I ignored that the rickshaw was actually a Japanese invention! This old profession still subsists today in a newer form in Japan: the
2019.02.08
Ninja Shinjuku: Lunch in the Depths of a Ninja Hideout
Deep in Nishi-shinjuku, tucked away among countless restaurants, electronics stores, and neon-signed restaurants, lies a gateway to one of the most se
2019.02.07
Island Burgers in Shinjuku: It all Started with a Palm-Tree Pick
“Why did you choose the name Island Burgers?” I asked the store manager “When you stick the palm-tree pick on top of the bun, it looks like an island
2019.02.01
Tokyo One Piece Tower: Discover a Pirate’s Life in Central Tokyo
Pirates have sieged Tokyo Tower! What may sound startling to some is a dream come true for fans of One Piece, the long-running, mega-popular manga and
2019.02.01
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park: Nature and Hiking at Tokyo’s Doorstep
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, located just West of Tokyo, is a vast recreational area for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Although hiking is
2019.01.28
How to Celebrate Setsubun on February 3rd
Setsubun is a day when Japanese people cast evil away from their homes. Read on to know how to do it like a local!
2019.01.28
Planning for Cherry Blossoms: Tips for 3 of Tokyo's Hanami Hot Spots
It's never too early to start planning hanami parties (or planning a trip to Japan to experience them). Cherry blossom forecasts start popping up as e
2019.01.23
Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku: Co-Creating New Styles of Beer
The craft beer market is booming in Japan right now, and there are a multitude of craft beer bars to choose from in Tokyo, serving both local and over
2019.01.18
The Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck: One of Tokyo’s Best-Kept Secrets
As regular Tadaima Japan readers well know, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers free access to two of the best observation decks in Toky
2019.01.11
Perspectives to Consider for Your First (or Next) Trip to Japan
As the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) boldly reminds us, Japan is a place of “endless discovery.” Japan is one of the few countries in the
2019.01.11
Kanae, an Arakicho Izakaya where Wishes can Come True
“So has your wish come true?” I asked Yoko, the owner of Kanae ”Well, partly” she admitted “I had wished to open my own place so that part has come tr
2019.01.09
Mission Shopping: Buying Stuff in Japan for Friends Back Home
I was talking with a friend visiting Japan about her travel plans, when she said that one day was reserved for “mission shopping”. “Mission shopping?”

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