Best Places for a Night Out


04/12/2014 Writter: Hideki Motosue
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How retro and exotic is that! ”Asakusa Chika-gai” is the oldest underground mall in Japan.

asakusa chikagai

The underground mall that opened 50 years ago has lots of quirky shops. “Asakusa Chika-gai” (literally, Asakusa underground mall) was opened in 1955. It has not been renovated for many years, and recently has been showing it’s age. Rain can often be seen leaking through crevices adding to the entertainment of the atmosphere. There are a variety of shops ranging from Chinese food to Thai food, Vietnamese food, Ramen, and even fortune telling and a hairdresser, all together generating a kind of nostalgic Asian atmosphere. How about getting a haircut for 700 yen? There are many “quirky” shops in the underground mall that might intrigue your curiosity. Among these shops […]

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Had a cool journey to the Akagi Shrine, and then over to the BABEL BAR in Shinjuku with the movie director, Mr.Michihito Fujii!

Had a cool journey to the Akagi Shrine, and then over to the BABEL BAR in Shinjuku with the movie director, Mr.Michihito Fujii!

“Toco Toco T.V.,” a French T.V. Program that introduces Japanese culture! Toco Toco T.V. is a French television program where Japanese guests introduce their favorite places in Japan. Tadaima Japan is collaborating with Toco Toco T.V. and will pick up some of their programs from now on. Today, we will introduce Akagi Shrine located in Kagurazaka, Tokyo with the film director Mr.Michihito Fujii! We will also introduce the BABEL BAR in Shinjuku. Mr. Fujii introduced Kagurazaka. “I’ve lived here for 6 years no and this is my favorite neighborhood in Tokyo.” Kagurazaka, in Tokyo can be easily accessed from Shinjuku station and Tokyo station. This area is famous for having […]

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Try out a public bath in Kagurazaka, a geisha district in Tokyo

Feel the nostalgia from the Edo period Kagurazaka is part of Shinjuku district, in the middle of Tokyo. Naturally, you’ll find many large chain stores along the streets, but when you’ll walk down the narrow, paved back streets, you’ll experience the atmosphere from the Edo period, when Kagurazaka was a red light district. At the peak of the Meiji era(1868~1912), there were over 700 geisha working at local tea houses (ochaya). Today, there are still many expensive Japanese restaurants and historic spots. Some geisha houses still discretely survive in the back alleys. ※Geisha:Geisha are commonly mistaken as prostitutes. Actually, geisha are entertainers: they sing, dance, have friendly conversations, and provide hospitality and […]

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Vowz Bar: Spirits for the Spirit

Tokyo is famous for its themed restaurants and bars. From ninjas to zombies, this city offers up dining experiences beyond your wildest dreams (or nightmares).
Vowz Bar, however, is much more than a bar with a theme—it’s owned and operated by actual Buddhist monks. In addition to an eclectic selection of colorful drinks and “light snacks based on Zen cuisine,” Vowz Bar also offers many of the same services you’d find at your local temple or shrine.
Read on to learn more about the fascinating and seemingly contradictory nature of what is certainly one of Tokyo’s most unique nightlife experiences.

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“The Umeda Sky Building” is popular among families during the day and couples at night.

The beautiful scenery from the Umeda Sky building

The Umeda Sky Building, chosen as one of the top 20 buildings around the world. This 173-meter-high skyscraper was built in 1993. In 2008, it was chosen as one of the top 20 buildings around the world by the British publication, Dorking Kindersely. The Parthenon, Sagrada, Familia, and Colosseum were others that were chosen. The Umeda Sky Building is composed of two towers; tower east and tower west, which are connected by a circular hanging garden. After 2008, the number of visitors increased from 60, 000 to 410,000. Getting to the observation tower is also fun! To get to the 35th floor, take an elevator from the 3rd floor in […]

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Let’s go and see the mysterious O-torii gate floating on the sea at night! : Illumination at Itsukushima Jinja Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine night view

Let’s hang out at Itsukushima Shrine at night after dinner. If you are staying overnight in Miyajima, I’d recommend seeing Itsukushima Shrine at night! At noon When we saw O-torii at low tide, there were a lot of people, but if you come here at night, it’s a little less busy. It’s hard to believe the silence and you can only hear the sound of the waves. We headed to Itsukushima Shrine after dinner to see the illumination. The mysterious O-Torii gate is a must see! Walking during night time at Itsukushima Shrine and witnessing it’s illuminated O-Torii is beautiful. The light reflects on the surface of the sea and […]

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Good Okinawan food comes with great sake and a show! Chinuman, the Okinawan restaurant is a must visit.

Chinuman entrance

Taste fresh seafood and Okinawa’s best sake! Okinawan restaurant, Chinuman is a chain restaurant that is open at 8 locations in Okinawa. The entrance is already emitting Okinawa’s vibrant vibes that will excite you even more. Their recommendation is fresh sashimi that is affordable with good quality. Other than that, Okinawa’s regular culinary pork rafutee, Goya-chanpuru, and Beniimo-croquett are also very popular. These are the ‘must things to try’ when visiting Okinawa. The selection of sake is also one of their specialties, with so many kinds of Awamori gathered from all over Okinawa, they go well with the traditional Okinawa dish, Goya-chanpuruu (stir fried eggs and bitter Okinawan vegetables). It’s […]

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Enjoy Japanese street food at “Ameyoko”, a popular destination in Ueno.“Hama-chan”

Ueno Ameyoko

What’s Ameyoko? Let me tell you a bit about Ameyoko. It’s a shopping street that is about 400m long. There are clothing, sporting goods, fish, gold items, and many other things sold here. It’s crowded with many people, including foreign tourists. I’m so into Ameyoko and come here to drink at least once a week. Please try to find me. LOL! I introduce you to one of my favorites, Hama-chan!   Hama-chan is always crowded! The menu on the wall is all written in Japanese, so it might be difficult to read. Don’t worry, an English menu is also available. It’s better to know what’s good when you want to […]

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If you want to enjoy tasty sake and seasonal food, eat at “Sorakyu”! (Hiroshima)

A plate of assorted sashimi

Enjoy seasonal food! The first thing I’d like to tell you about Sorakyu is that all the dishes are very delicious! Each dish uses seasonal ingredients, all of which are very appealing! We visited during the summer, so we immediately ordered edamame. The best item on the menu was the corn tempura. The corn smelled so delicious and tasted so sweet that I had to order a second serving! This plate of assorted sashimi made me happy! Each fish has a different texture and taste; one can be chunky and another can be soft. Some fish smell like the sea in your mouth when you bite into them. This cool […]

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Sexy and grand! A report on a pole dance competition.

The venue

Pole dancing is popular in Japan as entertainment and as a sport! I have participated in the past and remember the days when I used to excite the audience. I will introduce pole dancing as a sport. Many men and children participate in the sport, because it involves many tricks. Even though it’s a relatively new sport, there are about a million people in the world, with about 10 thousand people from Japan, who practice this sport. There are more than 50 events held around the world. Your opponent will be chosen based on a ballot system The skilled pole dancers are judged by their performances from their videos and […]

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