The rainy season is forecasted to wrap up soon with sunshine and blue skies set to take over. Boasting beautiful coastlines and lush greenery, Chiba Prefecture is a great destination for a summer vacation from…

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…

The Japanese proverb “Nana korobi ya oki” which roughly translates as “fall down seven times, get up eight,” reflects the Japanese spirit and how we should learn from victory, but learn even more from a…

Museum entrance fees in Tokyo can be quite pricey, but you can equally enjoy eclectic flavors of art for free inside some of Tokyo’s luxury hotels. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in Meguro, The…

As we enter July, the rainy season will slowly give way to summer sunshine. During this season, Kamakura and the area of Shonan offer exciting summer activities. The coast is full of beaches,…

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, the Ig Nobel Prize is given each year to ten offbeat, weird, or surprising scientific achievements “that first make people laugh and then make them think.” In…

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,…

While Chiba may be conceived merely as a commuter’s town for Tokyo, actually, the prefecture is teeming with sleek hotels, restaurants, entertainment and astounding nature that cannot be found anywhere else in…

It’s safe to say that Tokyo is no longer the new kid on the block when it comes to coffee. The metropolis now boasts some of the top-notch café (and baristas) virtually…

I think it’s fair to say, even if we are being charitable, that the Olympic campaign has become a sinking ship with nobody aboard willing to acknowledge it. It’s like the folks…

Even under a state of emergency, there is much to look forward to in Shimokitazawa with an array of new establishments set to open. Here’s what’s new in the area this month,…

One of the most popular neighborhoods outside the central 23 wards of Tokyo, Kichijoji is most well-known for the delightful Inokashira Park and its grid of drinking alleys called Harmonica Yokocho. The latter is a…