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As Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo S/S 2019 came to a close on October 23, we look back at a few of our favorite trends spotted on the runways. Mainly held in Shibuya Hikarie…

Something strange is going on. While we’re all switching our spring/summer wardrobes over to autumn/winter, some of Japan’s sakura trees have fast forwarded to spring 2019 and are already starting to bloom.…

Address: 5-4 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0041 Website: antenna-america.com    Tel: 04-5315-5228

Noge has long been known as the cheap drinking area of Yokohama – hole-in-the-wall bars adorn the main road, with even smaller drinking places along the river. Noge West End sprung out of Una casa de Gubi Gubi El Nubichnom, possibly Japan’s smallest craft beer bar since Thrash Zone moved to a larger location. Noge West End focuses on pairing Japanese craft beer, and also the upcoming cider industry, with a Japanese menu that focuses on fresh fish and vegetables. Address: 2-16 Miyagawacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 243-0003 Website: facebook.com/NogeWestEnd    Tel: 04-5231-0133

TDM 1874, or to give it it’s full name of Ten Days Market 1874 (a translation of the local train station Tokaichiba), opened in 2016 and is the latest opening in a local alcohol enterprise that started out in 1874. Sakaguchiya had long been supplying sake, wine, and beer to local restaurants before opening the brewpub TDM 1874. Consisting of the brewery, bar space, and a kitchen, there is also a bottle shop where you can buy beers, wines, and sakes to take home with you. Address: 835-1 Tokaichibacho, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 226-0025 Website: sakaguchiya.co.jp/shop Tel: 04-5985-4955

The Craftsman chain, with other branches in Tokyo and Tohoku, focuses on different cuisines, with the Yokohama branch’s menu being based on Mexican-Italian food. Combine that with a lineup that many bars would be envious of, with beers from Japan, the USA, the UK, and others on tap, and you have an interesting combination ahead of you. With almost 30 taps encompassing a variety of styles, from lagers to stouts, there is something for everyone at some of the cheapest prices in Yokohama. Craftsman also promotes beer from the breweries in the Yokohama area, and also Kanagawa. Address: 2-16-4 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 221-0835 Website: craftsman-craftbeer-yokohama.com    Tel: 050-7542-6189

Address: 2-10-7 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, 221-0835 Website: beerdrinkinginternational.com    Tel: 04-5514-9947

BentoYa, or “Lunch Box place” in English, is a cooking class that blends authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine with vegetarianism. Meeting at a Washocook Cooking Certificate class, the owners of BentoYa shared the same beliefs about making vegetarian bentos for health and humanitarian purposes, all while remaining incredibly delicious. Attracting foreigners all over the world, you can comfortably follow the class in English and immerse yourself in traditional bento-making culture. Master how to make the iconic tamagoyaki, or fried egg rolls, which uses its specially made rectangular frying pan, or learn about vegan alternatives such as the vegan karaage which uses textured soy protein. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat lover, you will surely find an interesting skill to add to your daily meals. Address: 2-2, Yotsuya, Chiyoda-ku, 160-0004 Website: facebook.com/bentoyacooking Tel: 080-9340-0648