Shinagawa International School (SIS) is an IB PYP-accredited school situated within a walking distance to Shinagawa Seaside station. The school offers preschool classes (ages 3 and 4), primary school (K-G6), and middle school class G7 (2020-2021 Academic Year). Shinagawa International School is fortunate to have teachers and students from over 30 different nationalities which form a great mixture of different experiences and cultures and results in the formation of a multicultural and diverse learning community. SIS celebrates its diversity not only in regular class activities but also by hosting an International Children’s Festival every year. Teachers design learning activities that empower students’ academic achievement and personal passion for life-long learning. Social development is a high priority at SIS, and its mixed age group After-School Program activities promote interaction among children of different ages. All lessons, activities, and school events are designed based on students’ cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. SIS’s unique cultural features are respected and celebrated in order to encourage understanding and appreciation of diversity. The result is a challenging, non-discriminatory learning environment which is responsive to the needs of its learners. Additional Information Age: Ages 3-15 Area: Shinagawa (Tokyo) Number of Students: 160 (Sep 2020) Number of Teachers and Staff: 30+ Student Nationalities: 30+ Facilities: Early Learning Center (3-4 years old), Kindergarten, Primary / Middle School Classes, Music Room, Art Room, Library, Gym Address: 4-8-8 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0002 Tel: +81-(0)3-6433-1531 / Fax:+81-(0)3-6433-1532 Website: Twitter: @shinagawaIS Facebook: Shinagawa International School – Tokyo

The web magazine "Nihonmono,"  launched by Hidetoshi Nakata, will be published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The online magazine provides information on the world-class Japanese "good things" and their creators. In addition, the online store, Nihonmono Store, also launched on September 15. Here you can find where you can find special gems selected from all over Japan. "Nihonmono" means manufacturing producers such as farmers, craftsmen and sake breweries from all 47 prefectures of Japan, which Hidetoshi Nakata started in 2009. The content also covers inns, restaurants, scenic spots, shrines and temples, etc. The web magazine can also be used as a guidebook when traveling in Japan. And at the online Nihonmono Store, you can purchase special goods that have been carefully selected from the approximately 2,000 places that Hidetoshi Nakata actually visited.

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The Nezu Museum is home to a collection of approximately 7,400 works. This includes seven National Treasures, 87 Important Cultural Properties, and 94 Important Art Objects covering a wide range of genres from Japanese screens and sculptures to paintings and ceramics. The museum is also known for its garden and field of violets, a popular attraction in the spring. How Much: ¥1,300 for museum exhibition (includes garden access) Address: 6-5- 1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku Website: Tel: 03-3400-2536

Enjoy an instructor lead painting session complete with wine and snacks. Come relax with your friendly group of instructors in either English or Japanese, with new events and collaborations added weekly. All you need to think about is where you will hang your masterpiece. How Much: From ¥2,000 Address: 7-2 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku Website:

Sakamichi Brewing recognizes that the journey is just as important as the destination. Before the first sip of delicious craft beer, there is a process that requires patience, craftsmanship, hard work, and attention to detail. Sakamichi Brewing is dedicated to brewing the finest beer in western Tokyo with ecologically responsible brewing methods and locally sourced organic ingredients whenever possible with the goal to create a modern and welcoming space in Tachikawa. Address: 103, 2 Chome-39-4 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa Website:

Tokyo Piano School’s mission is to offer affordable private piano lessons in Tokyo for adults and kids from beginner to advanced through personalized one-on-one sessions at their studio or at domicile. Tokyo Piano School helps guide and foster students in a range of different musical styles including: classical, pop, jazz and musical theatre. They also prepare students for university and conservatory entrance auditions, music school exams, ABRSM exams, PTNA exams, recitals, and competitions. All potential students receive a discounted trial lesson to evaluate their current musical level, and to discuss goals and future piano aspirations. How Much: Starting from ¥3,000 Address:  6 Chome-8-29 Roppongi, Minato-ku Website: Tel: 070-4455-4748

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Kirishima Shuzo is a distillery in Miyazaki Prefecture whose first ever shochu back in 1916 was a satsuma imo (sweet potato) one made with black koji. Kirishima kept with tradition and continued this line of black koji shochu, which grew into their now nationally recognized Kuro Kirishima. At Kirishima Shuzo, they use 100 percent Japan-grown sweet potatoes, Japan-grown rice and pure Kirishima groundwater (from 100m underground). There are no hard rules on shochu drinking style – enjoy it on the rocks, mizuwari (with water), oyuwari (with hot water) or sparkling water. Best of all, shochu is a healthy choice that's low in calories and contains no purines (there are also gluten-free versions available). No wonder Kirishima’s tipples were served at the Academy Award’s Governors Ball for three straight years since 2018 – after being introduced by Wolfgang Puck. Price: Kuro Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,016 (tax incl.) Shiro Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,016 (tax incl.) Aka Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,293 (tax incl.) Website:

From its original sapphire-tinted cocktails to its azure lighting, Eagle Tokyo Blue lives up to its cerulean name. This underground oasis is one of Japan's largest gay bars and is a hubbub of activity every night of the week. Weekends proffer special events with go-go dancers, drag queen shows and DJs. Address: B1F & 1F Casa Verde, 2-11-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Website:    Tel: 03-6876-8450

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Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. has upgraded the ingredients and recipes for their onigiri – or Japanese rice balls – that are on sale from February 25, 2020. Seven-Eleven Japan improved the rice milling method by adapting low temperature rice milling, which disperses the pressure applied to rice and brings out the savory taste and umami. By improving the seal of the film package, the seaweed's crispiness is maintained longer than before. The renewed package also has English titles, which makes non-Japanese readers easier to recognize the fillings. Some of the fillings have also improved. The “Tuna & Mayonnaise” uses high quality eggs that are produced through specific breeding methods for Seven-eleven products, and the “Grilled Cured Red Salmon” uses red salmon aged by the traditional Yamazuke process. The procedure of making the onigiri is based on the concept of “Onigiri made by mother,” and aims to reproduce the taste of the hand-rolled onigiri. Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. will also focus more on sustainability and develop packaging made of paper in the near future. Website:

Situated in economic hub Otemachi only a few minutes from the Imperial Palace, Hoshinoya Tokyo is uniquely created as a Japanese ryokan reminiscent of a tower, embodying the company's 100-year expertise in the business. Relax in a tatami-floored room equipped with an onsen bath and indulge in seasonal cuisine. While an experience like this is more common in the countryside, Hoshinoya Tokyo brings the best of Japanese hospitality to the heart of the capital. Feature image courtesy of Hoshino Resorts. Address: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku Website: Tel: 050-3786-1144

Located at the back of Ginza Six, Murase Cheese & Wine offers a wide selection of wines carefully selected by the owner and imported from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Oregon and Washington. Pairing the wine, you can order between cheese or cheese-based dishes as well as simple dishes put together with organic vegetables and pure ingredients. For groups of 4 or more, reservation is recommended. Address: 6-12-15 Ginza, Chuo City Website: Tel: 03-3575-9100

Jackpot Ebisu welcomes anyone and everyone, from solo customers looking for hearty food and company to large parties celebrating special occasions. They have a multicultural food and drinks menu ranging from the classic Japanese lemon sour to anchovy fried potatoes. Address: 1−13−2, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Website: Tel: 050-3184-4920