Pimp Your Desk for the New Year

With the beginning of the new year, most of us want to give it some competitive edge. Sometimes a physical shift can have an enormous...

By Juliette Olah
February 10, 2016 | Lifestyle

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

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 | Fashion

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 | Adventures, Lifestyle

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

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

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 | Families

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 | Families

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 | Lifestyle

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, Lifestyle

L’Occitane Cafe, Shibuya: An Organic Treat for the Senses

Standing at the scramble crosswalk outside Shibuya station, it's easy to feel at the center of the earth, as thousands of people pass you by...

By Bonnie Waycott
January 25, 2016 | Food & Drink

Go Back to Work in Style

Right, time to put the champagne flutes down and dust off your laptop bag. It may be time to hit the desk again, but hey,...

By Juliette Olah
January 22, 2016 | Fashion