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…

Japanese sake is taking the world by storm. Yet, even though many people drink it, it remains a misunderstood drink. You may know your dry wine from your sweet wine, but what…

June is set to be a calm and relaxing month with delicious food and philosophical art exhibitions as well as some some shisha. Many events are carrying on from last month, including Virtual Shibuya…

Tokyo Weekender's guide to the best events, activities and things to do in the city

Here’s an interesting fact: According to two independent international surveys released in May, Japan ranked sixth (out of 190) in a list of the most desirable countries to emigrate to, while landing at 54th (out…

Foreign luxury brand boutiques are not a rare sight in Tokyo. Both Omotesando and Ginza have been referred to as the Champs-Élysées of Asia due to the sheer number of luxury brand boutiques one…

Japan is no stranger to acronyms and abbreviations. After all, they are the ones who came up with “Pokémon,” which is an acronym of poketto monsutaa (pocket monsters), and “karaoke,” from kara…

From the opening of their first shop in Tokyo in 1998, Uniqlo now has more than 2,200 stores in 25 different countries and regions. Tokyo residents don’t have to look far for…

In a world fraught with uncertainty, in a global culture plagued by anxiety, people are craving calm and finding it in eclectic meditative practices. It’s not all obnoxious apps and fake gurus,…

The history of public transport in Japan is closely linked to Yokohama. The 1872 train line connecting the city to Tokyo was the first step on a journey towards the country becoming…

Plans have been unceremoniously canceled this Golden Week to the horror of those looking forward to a much-needed trip or anticipated festival. There is still a silver lining or two: Music concerts…