Tokyo Metropolis

Tokyo Whiskey Bars

Jun 14, 2013 By Ray Proper

Japanese distiller aims to revolutionize whiskey drinking, focus on new generation of drinkers. Suntory's sales soar after rolling out "highballs",  or whiskey with a slug of soda in a pint...[ Click to read more ]

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What is car-sharing and how does it work in Japan?

May 14, 2013 By Jason Gatewood

Yesterday, your author embarked upon one of the biggest experiments of his life in Japan: I joined a "Car-Share club". Actually, it's not that big a deal for me; I...[ Click to read more ]

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...[ Click to read more ]

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Let’s Tour the Metropolis: Shimo-Kitazawa

Mar 14, 2013 By Jason Gatewood

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210"] Shutter artists in Shimokitazawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] This is the first in a series of articles that will introduce some of the neighborhoods that make up...[ Click to read more ]

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Kanamara Matsuri: Festival of the Steel Phallus in Kawasaki

Mar 06, 2013 By Jason Gatewood

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kanamara matsuri procession (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Japan is known for a lot of things-- good food, great electronics, reliable autos, wonderful scenery, and complex traditions  and...[ 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...[ Click to read more ]

Who is The H&R Group?

Dec 12, 2012 By Ray Proper

At The H&R Group K.K., we are professionals at helping people. The H&R Group K.K provides a range of mobility-related services designed to support assignees to Japan, their families and...[ Click to read more ]

How to travel to a relaxing hot springs resort… Without the travel part!

Dec 04, 2012 By Jason Gatewood

It's no secret that Japan is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. But this is also a good thing when you take one of the country's most...[ Click to read more ]

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

Nov 12, 2012 By Jason Gatewood

Whether you only know about ramen in its instant, cup-o-noodles variety, or are a true aficionado who can tell the difference between shoyu and tonkotsu based ramen by smell alone,...[ Click to read more ]

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National Azabu Tokyo

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...[ Click to read more ]

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