Dining out in Tokyo Post Coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Starting with the State of Emergency that went into effect for Tokyo and surrounding areas at the beginning of April, many restaurants went into a "takeout and delivery only" mode along with drastic cuts in hours and menus. Now that Japan has started reopening, many are in a hurry to...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour: Western Tokyo’s “backcountry”

By Jason Gatewood

I’ll be the first to admit that 2020 has not been kind to we who like to explore, trek, and wander outdoors. We’ve all become more adept at video conferencing apps, picking out the most stylish face coverings, and knowing which restaurants in our area. But nothing can replace the...[ Click to read more ]

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Beaches Around Tokyo

Jun 27, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

As the summer heat rises it’s tempting to retire to your air-conditioned room with your necktie fan on full blast. However, with Japan being an island nation we are completely surrounded by the sea, and thus, beaches. So get out from that darkened room and head for the coast. Beaches...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Summer Yukata in Tokyo

Jun 20, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

  If you have ever been to a summer fireworks festival around Tokyo you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going on. Well, summer festivals are a time when Japanese and foreigners alike can wear yukata, a summer, and informal variant of the famous kimono. What...[ Click to read more ]

Soul Food House in Azabujuban

May 28, 2020 By Admin

Soul Food House, located in Tokyo's Azabujuban neighborhood, about 3 minutes from Azabu Juban Station, is the real deal.  Mississippi and Georgia natives LaTonya and David Whitaker can cook, seriously well, so if you are looking for like home Southern, Creole, and Cajun food, or soul food; this is it....[ Click to read more ]

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Tourist spots to reopen with social distancing measures around Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

With the last of Japan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency measures lifted May 26, many of Tokyo’s tourist attractions, shopping centers, and amusement districts are starting to spring back to life, but what you will find upon closer inspection will be very different from a few months ago for the time...[ Click to read more ]

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Second Harvest Japan: Food for all People

May 19, 2020 By Admin

In Japan there are up to 8 million tons of food loss in Japan every year, while one in six lives below the poverty line. As the only registered food bank in Japan, since 2002 Second Harvest Japan has been turning 'mottanai' (waste) into 'arigatou' (thanks) by redistributing food waste...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiking Around Tokyo

Apr 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Tokyo is a metropolis, but you do not have to go that far from downtown to find mountains. Of course the most famous is Mt. Fuji (which you can read more about here), but it's not the only mountain in the region. Here we will have a look at a...[ Click to read more ]

The Best Burgers in Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

This list is not exhaustive; the sheer size and amount of places opening, closing, and existing in Greater Tokyo demands an army of greasy, cheesy, burger-loving writers to file addendums weekly to keep the list accurate. With all that on offer, I can only humbly offer my own opinion of...[ Click to read more ]

Things to do in Tokyo during Rainy Season

Apr 26, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

We’ve braved yet another cold winter, sat out under the pink trees during hanami season, and seen it warm up steadily with our minds starting to look towards the barbecues, beach trips, and bon ordori festivals of summer. But we have to get through three or so weeks of dreary,...[ Click to read more ]