Joanna Pearce

Joanna first came to Japan in 1998 to spend a year as an exchange student at Kitakyushu University and was delighted to move to Tokyo in 2012 with her husband. A serial expatriate, she is a freelance writer and a meditation teacher who has been living in Asia since 2007. She recently had her first baby in Tokyo and loves exploring with her daughter!

Articles By Joanna

10 Things to Do in Tokyo Before Your Baby Arrives

Tokyo is full of fabulous experiences for women enjoying all stages of life, but once your little bundle of joy arrives you will find yourself...

May 18, 2016 | Families

Hidden Harajuku: Exploring the Back Streets

Harajuku is famous for being the vibrant neon epicenter of youth fashion and kitsch crepes. However, if you venture a little further into the back...

April 20, 2016 | Lifestyle

K-Pop, Kimchi and Cosmetics in Tokyo’s Korean Town

Venture one stop north of Shinjuku on the Yamanote line to Shin Okubo and you will find yourself in Korea town. In recent years, South...

March 17, 2016 | Lifestyle

The Savvy Guide to Shibuya 109

The iconic Shibuya 109 shopping mall, nicknamed “marukyu,” lies at the heart of Shibuya’s fashion culture. It is situated alongside the famous scramble crossing and...

November 6, 2015 | Fashion

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland

Hello Kitty is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is loved by children across the globe. Just a 30-minute train ride away from Shinjuku...

October 23, 2015 | Families

Five Meditation Tips for Busy Tokyoites

Amongst the pulsing neon lights and the frantic pace of city life in Tokyo, it can be hard to find the zen that Japan introduced...

September 8, 2015 | Health & Beauty

Dine with Alice in Shibuya’s Very Own Wonderland

Stepping into the Alice in a Dancing Land restaurant in Shibuya is like riding a merry-go-round of delight. You will be greeted by one of...

July 27, 2015 | Food & Drink

The Magic of Mos Burger

MOS Burger is the second largest fast-food chain in Japan and holds a special place in the heart of many people. The founder, Satoshi Sakurada,...

July 13, 2015 | Food & Drink

A Beginner’s Guide to Harajuku’s Lolita Fashion

The world of a Japanese Lolita girl is an alluring and yet mysterious one. For those of us with an interest in finding out more...

July 3, 2015 | Fashion

Pom Pom Purin Cafe, Harajuku

Pom Pom Purin is the lovable golden retriever character brought to us by Sanrio. He is never seen without his signature brown beret, and he...

June 29, 2015 | Food & Drink

Kurokawa Hot Spring Village, Kyushu

The charming hot spring village of Kurokawa in Kyushu is such a gem that I had a dilemma about whether or not I wanted to...

February 12, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Meditate on Your Noodles at Ichiran Ramen

As a language student in Fukuoka prefecture in the 1990s, one of my regular hangouts was a discreet noodle bar called Ichiran Ramen. It was...

January 23, 2015 | Food & Drink

Smoothie Stands for Moms on the Run

When you are out exploring Tokyo with a little one it can be tough to find time to eat lunch and even harder to find...

November 19, 2014 | Families, Food & Drink

Five of Our Favorite Japanese Baby Products

As we all know, Japanese companies make some fantastic products that not only make our lives easier, but often have a very unique "kawaii" factor...

October 30, 2014 | Families

Cha Cha no Ma Tea Room, Harajuku

Tucked away on a lane behind the popular Cat Street shopping area in Harajuku is an enticing Japanese tea room called Cha Cha No Ma,...

October 13, 2014 | Food & Drink

Colorful Gifts and Clothes at Sou Sou, Aoyama

If you are looking for unusual Japanese gifts with a modern twist then you will love the Sou Sou boutique. Sou Sou (which means “yes,...

October 9, 2014 | Families, Fashion, Lifestyle

Five Baby-Friendly Tokyo Cafes

If you are tired of frequenting the big coffee shop chains with your baby and are looking for somewhere new to quench your thirst and...

July 24, 2014 | Families, Food & Drink