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The Olympics have already come and gone as the peak of summer starts to give way to the beginnings of autumn. It has been a somewhat muted August as we move into…

Living in central Tokyo, it can sometimes be easy to forget that Japan is not just an endless metropolis full of bright lights, flashing neon signs and convenience stores. I for one…

The Olympics has finished and the state of emergency is still with us, yet this hasn’t dampened Ikebukuro’s spirit. There are some great dining options and places to see in the region despite…

Ikebukuro and its surrounding neighborhoods are often overlooked for some of Tokyo’s more popular hubs — yes, I’m looking at you Shibuya and Shinjuku. In spite of this, Ikebukuro is home to…

While many cities around the world can claim to be places where there is “something for everyone,” Tokyo is certainly a city where that is not an empty boast. The city is teeming…

It runs from Ogikubo in the west of Tokyo before looping through the beating heart of the city. It then hooks its way back to the north and ends in Ikebukuro. Of course,…

The name Ikebukuro no doubt conjures up many images in the mind of Tokyoites. The big and brash area at the northern tip of the Yamanote loop line has a reputation as a…

For many in Tokyo, the idea of traveling to the distant corners of the country during the summer Obon and Silver Week holidays has sadly become something of a distant memory. The measures that have…