November means one thing in Tokyo: Christmas. Without having to wait for the pesky Thanksgiving holiday or the annual mayhem of Black Friday or the birth of baby Jesus, Tokyo has the luxury…

Now that Halloween hangovers have subsided take a cool autumn respite and broaden your horizons with the soul-rejuvenating Culture Day holiday on November 3. Originally celebrated as the birth of Emperor Meiji, the…

In a city like Tokyo a good night’s sleep is critical. Dealing with the constant rush requires strength, an almost religious level of calm, and preferably a solid eight hours of rest…

To understand the soul of Japan, perhaps there is no better place to start than in the kitchen. From the centuries-old refinement of kaiseki cuisine to comfort foods like tempura, ramen, and…

In the opening episode of anime director Masaaki Yuasa’s 10-part Netflix series Devilman Crybaby, ravers are slashed with a knife to lure in demons with their blood, and a frenetic slaughter ensues.…

The peaceful gondola ride from Keio Yomiuru Land station drops passengers into a glittering world of magic and light. While typically a winter activity, from this month the entire theme park is cast…

As an engineer straps me into a driving simulator and asks me not to touch any wires – it is still a prototype – I am reminded that the Tokyo Game Show…

In the breathtaking final scene of John Ford’s classic Western “The Searchers” a bone-weary John Wayne watches settlers rejoice in the triumphant return of his niece Debbie before he limps off into the sunset,…

Combine old-school atmosphere with contemporary cuts at these Tokyo barber shops… Mr. Brothers Cut Club, Harajuku & Nakameguro This barber has a classic old-school feel and is the epitome of cool, drawing hipsters…

  The Autumnal Equinox holiday, meant to celebrate the fall harvest, and the Japanese moon-viewing tradition known as Tsukimi both fall on Monday. While enjoying a day off, take a gander up…

There’s nothing like wearing a yukata to feel the full force of a summer festival, or a kimono when walking under a canopy of bright red autumn leaves. However, moving around can…

It seems like months since Japan’s last national holiday, but really it’s only been 33 days. We are going to kick things up a notch in honor of this Monday’s “Respect for the Aged Day”…