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

Snow Fitness in Japan

Each winter when the temperatures drop, some people jump for joy, as it means one vital thing—the ski slopes are open! Japan has some of...

By Luisa Heenan
December 31, 2013 | Health & Beauty

Recipe: Kuri Kinton

Kuri Kinton is a traditional Japanese New Year's food (osechi) made from sweet potato and chestnuts. Each osechi dish has a symbolic meaning, and Japanese...

By Mari Nameshida
December 30, 2013 | Food & Drink

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

Rescue Your Dry Winter Skin

Got dry skin? You are not alone. These beautiful Tokyo winter days are notoriously tough on skin, leaving it dry and dull. Here are some...

By Alisa Kerr
December 24, 2013 | Health & Beauty

Recipe: Healthy White Christmas

This is a delicious, healthy version of White Christmas that is not only gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free, but is filled with...

By Luisa Heenan
December 23, 2013 | Food & Drink

Bondi Cafe, Minami Azabu

While there is no shortage of great places to eat around Hiroo, when I am on the go with kids and a stroller, many are...

By Dinasha Cellura
December 20, 2013 | Food & Drink

Alice and Olivia’s New Omotesando Flagship

When one considers the cutesy yet quirky personal style of Alice and Olivia's founder and designer Stacey Bendet, it's hard to believe the brand hasn't...

By The Savvy Team
December 20, 2013 | Fashion

What a Year!

It has been quite a year for Savvy, and we can hardly believe it’s almost over! Thanks to everyone for your support as we’re starting...

By savvyAdmin
December 19, 2013 | Newsletter post

Zusso Kids Makes Children’s Haircuts Fun

Taking toddlers for haircuts can be only slightly less traumatic than trips to the doctor or dentist, especially when, as with my little boy’s salon...

By Philomena Keet
December 19, 2013 | Families

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

Buying Natural and Organic Foods in Japan

More and more, our foods and personal products are becoming tainted with strange ingredients and preservatives, which are difficult to pronounce even in English. Throw...

By Luisa Heenan
December 17, 2013 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Does Single Equal Unhappy?

Are single people destined to be unhappy? It's less a question than a statement in a media landscape awash with the hyper-feminist or sexually free...

By For Empowering Women
December 17, 2013 | Lifestyle, Women's Issues

Recipe: Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

This is one of the best go-to dinners. The ingredients are readily available in Japan, plus it's easy, healthy and most importantly, tasty! My husband...

By Luisa Heenan
December 16, 2013 | Food & Drink

Hugo Boss’ New Omotesando Men’s Store

Tokyo's suave and stylish men now have a new shopping destination, right in the center of the action on Omotesando. At the end of November,...

By The Savvy Team
December 13, 2013 | Fashion

Christmas Dinner in Tokyo

All across Tokyo, the holiday season is in full swing, with illuminations, Christmas trees and inflatable snowmen at every turn. If you’ll be spending Christmas...

By The Savvy Team
December 13, 2013 | Food & Drink