The Savvy 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s box-ticking time—aunt Mary, check! Colleagues, check! Best friend’s brother’s cousin’s partner...geez—it all gets complicated pretty quickly. To help you find your way, here are...

By Juliette Olah
December 9, 2015 | Lifestyle

CPCM: Japan’s Craft and Culture Shop

A new hot spot has opened its doors in Jingumae. CPCM, or Crafts and Permaculture Country Mall, is a concept store filled with curated artisan...

By Chanyn Kirtman
December 4, 2015 | Fashion, Lifestyle

Immerse Yourself in Real Japan at Mihonoseki

According to Hideki Yukawa, Japan’s first Nobel laureate, Mihonoseki is one of the few places in the island nation where you can find “the roots...

By Suzanne Bhagan
December 3, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

See Tokyo with an Underground Mystery Game

If you ever wanted to be Sherlock when you were a child, this is your chance. The Underground Mysteries by Scrap Corporation is a treasure...

By Ai Faithy Perez
December 2, 2015 | Lifestyle

All You Need to Know About Christmas Shopping in Tokyo

It’s started. Halloween has come and gone and Christmas decorations and signs went up almost overnight, like Santa Clause was coming to town early. My...

By Ai Faithy Perez
November 26, 2015 | Lifestyle

15 Festive Christmas Concerts in Tokyo This Season

With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to start planning ahead for some special events this year. After working hard...

By Alexandra Homma
November 18, 2015 | Lifestyle

Swedish Christmas Bazaar 2015

With the holiday season fast approaching, it's time to get in the festive spirit, and what better way to do it than with a traditional...

By The Savvy Team
November 11, 2015 | Lifestyle

TELL’s 20th Annual Connoisseurs’ Auction

This year marks the 20th anniversary of TELL's largest fundraising activity and one of Tokyo's premiere wine events. It is the perfect opportunity to stock...

By The Savvy Team
November 11, 2015 | Lifestyle

Five Essential Urban Escapes in Tokyo

Ahh Tokyo. We love you for your maze of wondrous food, shopping, entertainment, politeness and efficiency, but sometimes city dwellers just need a break. The...

By Juliette Olah
November 4, 2015 | Lifestyle

A World Renowned Pottery Festival in Tochigi

One of Japan’s great festivals takes place this weekend, and it's a must-visit for lovers of crafts and ceramics. From Saturday, October 31 through Wednesday,...

By Cheryl White
October 29, 2015 | Lifestyle

Understated Elegance at Kimono Photo Studio Wa

Kimonos have to be my absolute favorite element of Japanese culture (that and toe socks, but that’s a less glamorous facet). Perhaps it’s my love...

By Juliette Olah
October 28, 2015 | Lifestyle

Unique Holiday Shopping at the TAC International Bazaar

November is just around the corner, which means the holidays will be here before we can say "bounenkai." Don't get stuck criss-crossing the city in...

By The Savvy Team
October 28, 2015 | Lifestyle

The Complicated Rituals of Japanese Funerals

Last month, I wrote “Pay Attention to the ‘Emergency’ Kanji,” in which my darling partner mistook the “let the parcel man in” button for the...

By Ai Faithy Perez
October 21, 2015 | Lifestyle

Go Back in Time at Nihon Minkaen

It’s hard to believe that a short 30-minute train journey from Shinjuku station can take you so far back in time. Kawasaki’s Nihon Minkaen is...

By Cheryl White
October 15, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Artisan Shops and a Hammock Cafe at 2k540

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is an unusually named shopping precinct located fittingly 2.54 kilometers from Tokyo Station. This method of measuring distances out of Tokyo was...

By Cheryl White
October 7, 2015 | Food & Drink, Lifestyle

Exploring Nishi Kasai, Tokyo’s Little India

Visions of Bollywood dancers, swirling saris and the wafting aromas of spices filled my head as I trekked across town to discover the enclave of...

By Cheryl White
September 30, 2015 | Lifestyle

Event Report: Savvy Wine Seminar and Party

Together with Le Cordon Bleu Japan and MHD Moët Hennessy Diageo, Savvy hosted a wonderful wine event on Friday, September 18. Master of Wine Annette...

By The Savvy Team
September 28, 2015 | Lifestyle

Daikanyama Photo Fair 2015

One of Tokyo's biggest photography events of the year is back this week, with 20 galleries showing works at venues all across Daikanyama. In addition...

By The Savvy Team
September 23, 2015 | Lifestyle