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 | Art & Culture

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

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland

Hello Kitty is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is loved by children across the globe. Just a 30-minute train ride away from Shinjuku...

By Joanna Pearce
October 23, 2015 | Families

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

Free Classes and Special Offers at Kspace

All Savvy Tokyo readers can enjoy one free parent and child class at KSpace, with no obligation to join any programs. Plus, the school is...

By The Savvy Team
October 21, 2015 | Uncategorized

This Video Teaches You Japanese Girls’ Makeup Secrets

Shiseido recently released the video below on its YouTube channel, with the caption in Japanese saying, "the makeup secrets of high school girls." The video...

By The Savvy Team
October 20, 2015 | Health & Beauty

Tokyo Fashion Week Spring 2016: Part 3

The spring 2016 edition of Tokyo's fashion week wrapped on Saturday, with the last two days featuring everything from edgy street-meets-athletic wear to kimonos styled...

By The Savvy Team
October 19, 2015 | Fashion

Tokyo Fashion Week Spring 2016: Part 2

Tokyo's spring 2016 fashion week continues, with the middle two days bringing dark romanticism, Victorian influences, gorgeous draping, monotone simplicity, edgy menswear, and retro safari-inspired...

By The Savvy Team
October 16, 2015 | Fashion

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

Tokyo Fashion Week Spring 2016: Part 1

After opening with a show by New York-based menswear designer Todd Snyder, the spring season of Tokyo fashion week was off. From elegant lace dresses...

By The Savvy Team
October 14, 2015 | Fashion

A French Afternoon Tea Fit for Gustave Eiffel

Afternoon tea is a very civilized ritual which has been almost forgotten in our busy world. Fortunately, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Roppongi has resurrected...

By Cheryl White
October 12, 2015 | Food & Drink

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 | Art & Culture, Lifestyle