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Pimp Your Desk for the New Year

With 2015 fading into the distance, many of us want to give 2016 some competitive edge. Sometimes a physical shift can have an enormous impact...

By Juliette Olah
February 10, 2016 | Living

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Manage Your Weight and Promote Health with Oolong Tea

Despite all the advertisements for pills and potions in Japan citing strange sounding ingredients for weight loss, it is not often that I am intrigued...

By Luisa Heenan
February 9, 2016 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

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Winter Warmers: Stay Snug in the Cold

Brace yourself. The cold is coming, and here in Japan it’s approaching at warp speed. Being from a place where the sun shines pretty much...

By Juliette Olah
February 5, 2016 | Style

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The Stunning Beaches of Shimane Prefecture

Although the tourism agencies do a fantastic job of marketing Okinawa as Japan’s top beach destination, it’s not always necessary to get off the mainland...

By Suzanne Bhagan
February 4, 2016 | Travel

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Five Top Japanese Beauty Products to Try in February

Tokyo’s cold and dry winter is in full force in February, so this month I was all about finding products to soothe, moisturize and smooth...

By Alisa Kerr
February 2, 2016 | Health & Beauty

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Bombay Bazar, Daikanyama: Not Just Organic Curry

Like many Tokyo areas, the hip and trendy Daikanyama neighborhood—located between Ebisu and Shibuya—is a hotspot not only for shopping, but also for eclectic cafes...

By Linda Haberberger
February 1, 2016 | Food & Drink

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A Family Adventure in the Paradise of Palau

It was our usual holiday prep: while throughout the year other friends (even the ones without kids) fine-tuned carefully planned itineraries to exotic locations, poring...

By Emily Paine
January 30, 2016 | Mamas, Travel

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Preparing to Enter a Japanese Elementary School

Although the new Japanese school year doesn’t begin until April, there’s a lot to get ready before the entrance ceremony. There’s that heavy-looking elementary-school backpack...

By Kirsty Kawano
January 29, 2016 | Mamas

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Party Like a Celebrity at the Black Card Cabaret

If you've ever wondered what's like to attend an Oscars afterparty, now is your chance to find out. Following a hugely successful "night at Gatsby's...

By The Savvy Team
January 28, 2016 | Living

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Japan

I’m sure you’ve all heard the rumors about the unique way Valentine’s Day is celebrated here in Japan. And this article may confirm your suspicions...

By Ai Faithy Perez
January 27, 2016 | Living

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Inspiration and Empowerment at WELL Japan’s Annual Retreat

For over 20 years WELL (Women Educators and Language Learners) has been holding a women-only annual weekend retreat just outside of Tokyo. WELL is an...

By Harumi Gondo
January 26, 2016 | Health & Beauty, Living