Getting To Know You – Nagoya Station Area of Meieki

Oct 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

For years, though the city center in name, the area around Nagoya Station was considered to a poor relation to the shopping district of Sakae. However, over the past decade there has been dramatic investment in the Meieki (a Japanese abbreviation of 'Nagoya Station') area, and today it is an...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour: Jimbocho Books District in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you’ve been hanging around Tokyo (or following our Let’s Tour Tokyo series) long enough, you’ll have no doubt found there’s a pattern with a lot of neighborhoods in the central part of the city in that they sometimes specialize in some form of commerce or government. Harajuku and Omotesando is...[ Click to read more ]

Find Your Halloween Costume in Tokyo

Sep 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

Halloween is rapidly approaching so get your costume soon because leaving your costume to the last minute and dressing as "an axe murderer, because they look just like you and me" isn't as clever as you think it is.  Halloween was not really "a thing" in Japan previously, but recently...[ Click to read more ]

Find your Halloween Costume in Nagoya

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Halloween is rapidly approaching, and we want to remind you that leaving your costume to the last minute, and dressing "as yourself" or "an axe murderer, because they look just like you and me," isn't as clever as you think it is.  Get your costume on in Nagoya!  Halloween was not...[ Click to read more ]

Going Potty over the Setomono Matsuri

Aug 20, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Although Japan has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world, with earthenwares being created as early as the Jōmon period (10,000–300 BCE), as a heavily wooded country most domestic utensils in Japan were usually made of either natural or lacquered wood. This all changed when Katō Shirōzaemon, the...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Shop in Kobe

Jul 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is something of a shopper's paradise with an array of shopping centers and high streets that are mostly within walking distance of each other. Its long history as a popular destination for tourists has allowed retail businesses to thrive. Whether looking for the latest fashion brands, the newest electronic...[ Click to read more ]

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Cool Biz – What is it, and Where Can You Get It?

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

The summer has felt upon us for some time now, with the thermostat rising as quickly as the humidity, and although officially the season does not begin until June 22, for many businesses summer started from the end of the Golden Week holiday. That is because the first day of...[ Click to read more ]

Shopping Online in Japan – Internet Shopping!

May 19, 2019 By Ray Proper

You are not going to get complaints from me about living in Japan. I am generally happy here, but still, I prefer to use products and eat foods from my own country in a lot of cases; decent peanut butter, for example. Maybe in your case, Vegemite? There are lots...[ Click to read more ]

Japan National Correctional Facilities Exhibition in Tokyo

Apr 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Spending a weekend in jail is probably not at the top of most people’s list, but if you’ve had a passing thought about what a Japanese prison is like, then just like everything else in JapanLand, there’s a festival for it. Called Correctional Exhibitions (矯正展), they give a chance for...[ Click to read more ]

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Things to do in Tokyo For Golden Week 2019

Apr 15, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Golden week is the longest public holiday period in Japan, and many residents make a trip abroad, or to a tourist area like Kyoto over the break.  Trains and airports can be crowded, and the traffic into any area worth a visit is going to be heavy at best, standstill...[ Click to read more ]