Celebrate New Year’s in Japan Like a Local

Every New Year season in Japan, you will hear people say “akemashite omedeto gozaimasu” (明けましておめでとうございます, literally, opening congratulations). It’s a mouthful to say, but thankfully...

By Ai Faithy Perez
December 30, 2015 | Art & Culture, Lifestyle

Five Simple Tips for a Heavenly Night’s Sleep

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s past midnight, you’re lying in bed, physically exhausted, nowhere near close to sleeping. Your mind rehearses tomorrow’s long to-do list while...

By Alexandra Hongo
December 29, 2015 | Health & Beauty

Tokyo’s Top Five Cafes for Book Lovers

Sometimes nothing can replace the luxury of spending an afternoon in the company of a good book and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Luckily,...

By Alexandra Hongo
December 28, 2015 | Food & Drink

The Top Five Winter Shoe Trends of 2015

With the cold season starting a little later in Japan than other parts of the world, many of us may still be looking for the...

By Linda Haberberger
December 25, 2015 | Fashion

Healthy Food and Free Play at Organic Cafe Lulu

Located just a three-minute walk from Kiba station on the Tozai line, Organic Cafe Lulu is what the Japanese call an "oyako" cafe, meaning it...

By Harumi Gondo
December 24, 2015 | Families, Food & Drink

Izumo, the Land of the Gods

In addition to the castle town of Matsue, the San’in region is home to many of Japan’s founding myths. Shimane Prefecture, in particular, has a...

By Suzanne Bhagan
December 24, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Shopping at Setagaya Boroichi, Tokyo’s Largest Flea Market

Shopping at posh department stores in Tokyo certainly has its cool vibe, but if you’re in search of something old and gold that won’t cost...

By Alexandra Hongo
December 23, 2015 | Lifestyle

Work up a Sweat at Bion Hot Yoga Studio

With the deep of winter fast approaching, staying warm is undoubtedly on top of everyone's list and if you're a yoga fan, you can't go...

By Bonnie Waycott
December 22, 2015 | Health & Beauty

Le Pain Quotidien: A Taste of Belgium in Tokyo

On the first floor of Tokyo's Opera City is a delightful classy establishment perfect for those wanting to eat something light before or after concerts...

By Bonnie Waycott
December 21, 2015 | Food & Drink

Easy Tips for Traveling in Style and Comfort

For many people, the end-of-year and new-year season signifies more than just sparkly lights, festive decorations, family functions, gift shopping, and insane amounts of food....

By Kelly Wetherille
December 18, 2015 | Fashion

Using Entertainment to Teach English to Kids in Japan

If you are a parent in Japan who wants your child to grow up with a global understanding and the ability to converse in English,...

By Harumi Gondo
December 17, 2015 | Families