Brighten Your Winter with Indoor Gardening

We're fortunate in Tokyo that our winters are not as gray and dreary as they can be in some other parts of the world, but...

By Kelly Wetherille
January 23, 2014 | Lifestyle

Nicolai Bergmann’s Aoyama Flagship

The large, modern Nicolai Bergmann complex in Minami Aoyama is the brand’s flagship store and showcases the very best in the popular florist's signature contemporary...

By Alisa Kerr
January 15, 2014 | Food & Drink, Lifestyle

Recycling Clothes in Tokyo

Until relatively recently, used clothes in Japan have had one fate: burnable garbage. If you’re from a country with a collection bin and a few...

By Sandra Barron
January 1, 2014 | Lifestyle

Kanji Cheat Sheet: Microwave Ovens

Have you ever scorched meat while trying to defrost it in your Japanese microwave? Or left a liquid in so long that it bubbled over...

By Elisabeth Lambert
December 27, 2013 | Lifestyle

100 Yen Shop Craft: Snowflake Paintings

Even the savviest and most resourceful parents can struggle to find ways of entertaining kids over the school holidays. Here's a foolproof winter craft idea...

By Kelly Wetherille
December 26, 2013 | Families, Lifestyle

Shop for Art at The Container in Nakameguro

If you’re looking for something a little different this holiday season, I recommend stopping by The Container in Nakameguro. Literally a shipping container converted into...

By Mio Coxon
December 25, 2013 | Lifestyle

Furoshiki Lessons Make Wrapping a Snap

The Japanese may not have invented the art of wrapping, but they have certainly perfected it. When you swaddle your gift in a furoshiki, the...

By Sandra Barron
December 18, 2013 | Lifestyle

Event Report: Savvy Tokyo Launch Party

After being a part of Tokyo's virtual landscape for a few months, Savvy had its official launch party on December 5 at Mercedes-Benz Connection. It...

By The Savvy Team
December 9, 2013 | Lifestyle

Qlocktwo Timepieces Come to Tokyo

Qlocktwo, an award-winning series of clocks and watches, has made its first entry into the Japanese market. While digital clocks were originally designed to make...

By Kelly Wetherille
December 4, 2013 | Lifestyle

Robot Restaurant, Kabukicho

By now, pretty much everyone has heard of the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, but not necessarily everyone has seen the place firsthand. If you're one...

By Kelly Wetherille
November 29, 2013 | Food & Drink, Lifestyle

Three of Tokyo’s Best Winter Illuminations

In Japan, you know Christmas is getting closer when illumination displays and festivals start lighting up the country. While some illuminations are now massive events...

By Elisabeth Lambert
November 29, 2013 | Lifestyle

Tokyo Midtown Christmas with the Kids

The holiday season is here and the lights are shining brightly. From tree-lined streets draped in twinkling décor to Christmas themed markets, Tokyo is filled...

By Chanyn Kirtman
November 28, 2013 | Families, Lifestyle

100 Yen Shop Craft: Holiday Wreath

As Western holidays become ever more popular in Japan, so too increases the merchandise geared toward such holidays. But even though Christmas trees and ornaments,...

By Kelly Wetherille
November 27, 2013 | Lifestyle

The World’s First Fashion Film Festival Comes to Tokyo

Paris-based fashion critic and video journalist Diane Pernet is bringing her international film festival—the world's first to focus solely on fashion—to Tokyo this weekend. Since...

By The Savvy Team
November 26, 2013 | Lifestyle

Easy Japanese for Going to the Doctor

In our last article we studied some Japanese for emergency health issues. In this issue, you’ll learn some useful phrases and vocabulary for visiting a...

By Asuka Naito
November 20, 2013 | Lifestyle

Swedish Christmas Bazaar 2013

SWEA is a worldwide non-profit organization for Swedish or Swedish-speaking women, and each year its Japan branch holds a Christmas bazaar where guests can enjoy...

By The Savvy Team
November 20, 2013 | Lifestyle

TELL’s 18th Annual Connoisseurs’ Auction

There is literally no end to the number of ways in which you can spend money on dining, drinking and entertainment in Tokyo, but if...

By The Savvy Team
November 14, 2013 | Lifestyle

Kanji Cheat Sheet: Temperature Control

Now that the mercury has started to drop, do you know how to switch your air conditioning unit to heating mode for the winter? Or...

By Elisabeth Lambert
November 6, 2013 | Lifestyle