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Taylor Stewart

Taylor Stewart was born and raised in Tokyo. She is an undergrad at Vassar College studying, to her parents' disappointment, English and Art History. Knows all the types of Greco-Roman columns.

Articles by Taylor

As you may have heard – or alarmingly noticed during a grocery run – Japan recently introduced a mandatory surcharge for plastic bags. From Family Mart to the supermarket, you now have…

Despite being born a female, Takamasa “Sky” Kobayashi entered middle school officially recognized as a boy. This was not only a milestone in Kobayashi’s life, but one for Japan. The recognition of…

Anyone who’s visited Tokyo has seen it: the feeble trash can, hardly holding up, meant to hold PET bottles but brimming with other sundry convenience-store plastics. A coffee cup perched on top…

As the scorching hot Japanese summer days are fast approaching, our appetite naturally shifts to foods that can help us cool down: cold soups, salads, fresh fruit, vegetables — ice cream. But…

Though the city has returned to its old rhythm, face masks remain pretty much ubiquitous. As we get more used to leaving the house with a mask, it’s not surprising that retailers…

It is pretty much the symbol of summer in Japan: a busy street peppered with yukata, lined with bamboo trees and a rainbow of paper. Tanabata, usually celebrated on July 7, is the preeminent…

Disneyland may have opened to the cheers of antsy visitors (no fireworks yet, though) – but to get uniquely Japanese and kid-friendly merchandise in your hands, you need not look farther than…

While Zoom is becoming a staple of Japanese offices, the analog activities of journaling and planning are still very much in vogue in Japan, with several stores dedicating a good portion of…