English language bookshops in Tokyo

Oct 14, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

With the advent of e-readers and smartphones, getting your hands on English language literature in Japan isn’t the challenge it once was. However, whether the book you are looking for isn’t available online, or you just like the feel and smell of turning pages, sometimes you just have to hold...[ Click to read more ]

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Antique Shopping in Nagoya

Jan 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

Like antiques? Whether you are in Japan for a short stay or here for the long haul, you may be interested in purchasing some Japanese-style antique furniture or other knickknack to take home with you. If you are in the market, you are in the right place. Antiques are in...[ Click to read more ]

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Japanese Food Shopping 101

Aug 13, 2013 By First Admin

One thing about coming to a country where the main language is not English, you're either tied to the food that you can read or recognize, or you have to learn to read a certain amount of packaging to avoid sugaring your coffee with baking soda! For instance, did you...[ Click to read more ]

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Finding Western Medicines in Japan

Apr 02, 2013 By Ray Proper

Visitors and residents of Japan from overseas often comment that Japanese drugs are ineffective.  Whether because the dosage is wrong, or they have not been prescribed what they were hoping for; the common refrain is a plea for medicines from home.  Many people will import over the counter medicines in...[ Click to read more ]

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Funky Cool Specialty Bookstores in Tokyo

Mar 19, 2013 By Ray Proper

Another addition to our series on cool neighborhoods in Tokyo; Jinbocho!   Do you have a thirst for books about avant-garde art movements? Insect taxonomy? Early modern maps? Forgotten children's literature? Obscure occult sects? There are specialty stores in Tokyo devoted solely to these topics, but what's amazing is that...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Tokyo: Costco Kawasaki by Public Transit

Feb 11, 2013 By Jason Gatewood

Costco is one of America's big warehouse shopping clubs where you pay an annual membership fee to be able to buy 24 rolls of toilet paper at a time or a 10 liter jug of olive oil. All the bulk buy jokes aside, Costco is a very convenient place to...[ Click to read more ]

Ceramics Shopping at the Cera Mall

Nov 12, 2012 By First Admin

The "Cera Mall" is a wholesale pottery shopping park in Tokoname City, on the Chita Peninsula. The area is famous for pottery, and you will find every local variety represented at the Cera Mall; which is the largest outlet in both scale and variety on the Chita Peninsula for ceramics....[ Click to read more ]

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The Case for (Back) Home Cookin’

Oct 15, 2012 By Jason Gatewood

[caption id="attachment_3178" align="aligncenter" width="300"] National Azabu is the most well-known import supermarket in Tokyo[/caption] So you've come to Japan and are expecting it to be a place where Japanese cuisine reigns supreme; where perhaps even school kids eat sushi in their school lunches and every meal includes miso soup and...[ Click to read more ]

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100 Yen Stores in Nagoya – Not “cheap,” CHEAP!

Sep 29, 2012 By Ray Proper

Back home you might not shop at what we in the US refer to as “dollar stores,” or stores where everything is priced at 1 US dollar, because they are generally associated with poor quality goods, but this is not the case in Japan. 100 yen stores offer a wide...[ Click to read more ]

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Flea and Farmer’s Markets in Nagoya

Sep 14, 2012 By Ray Proper

Flea Market at Osu Kannon Temple Osu Kannon Temple was moved to its current location by the very late and very great Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The main temple on the site today was reconstructed in 1970. The Flea Market at Osu Kannon is held rain or shine on the...[ Click to read more ]

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