After the New Year’s celebrations comes another national holiday in Japan: “Seijin no Hi” or Coming of Age Day. Held every second Monday in January, this day celebrates those who have turned…

Happy New Year! This week, most workers in Japan go back to work and companies prepare to tackle the next quarter. As the city slowly settles back into its usual hustle and…

This year was wild. As 2021 draws to a close, Christmas and New Year celebrations are in full swing. Below are some of our favorite illuminations (perfect for a Christmas date) and…

Proposals are unique to each individual. They should reflect each other’s tastes, likes and comfort levels. Not everyone will enjoy a showy flash mob or, on the contrary, an off-hand suggestion in…

The other day, our daughter Hana lost two teeth and we needed money. Quick. By the break of dawn at the very latest. “Do you have dollars?” my wife asked. I thought:…

Christmas celebrations are in full swing. Keep your eyes peeled for holiday-themed events such as Shibuya Scramble’s Xmas. For those who enjoy arts and crafts, look out for workshops such as making your…

There are plenty of places and things to do in Nakano and Koenji this coming holiday season that are bound to ignite our Christmas spirit. Whether that’s shopping the season sales at…

When one foreign official recently had the gall to call Japan’s new border policies “flexible,” I presumed he had taken leave of his senses. Rather, the “eased” rules have saddled hopeful arrivals…

Christmas may not be a public holiday in Japan, but the country more than makes up for it by dedicating the entire month of December to it. The last month of the…

In the first weekend of December, Tokyo becomes illuminated and beautifully festive. Enjoy Tokyo’s Christmas illuminations, from Roppongi to Oshiage or check out the winter shows of select art galleries. Alternatively, join…

A visit to the most prominent shrines and temples of Tokyo, from Meiji to Sensoji, is high on the agenda of most who arrive in the city for the first time. They…

This week is Tokyo: Get one last taste of autumn at some of the afternoon teas around the city, pop by Koki Arts for their latest exhibition featuring artist Evan Nesbit or get excited…