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December 30, 2016

How to Do Hatsumode in Tokyo

A guide to experiencing the first Shinto shrine visit of the year.

June 21, 2016

A Non-Gamer’s Mission in Akihabara

In search of the mythical pee game

June 12, 2016

How To Buy TOHO Cinemas Discount Tickets

Watching movies in Japan can be pricey but if you plan in advance, you can find good deals on discount tickets.

March 10, 2016

All In A Name: Hanbaga vs Hanbagu

If you are in the mood for a succulent ground beef patty, do you seek a ハンバーガー or ハンバーグ?

February 9, 2016

The Cool Insider’s Tokyo Day Trip

What do you do if you have friends/family visiting Tokyo and you want to show them some Japanese “omotenashi” but…

December 25, 2015

Tokyo Likes to Mueve Mueve

Whether you are an experienced Salsa dancer or just starting out, you can “Mueve Mueve” through the city.

September 25, 2015

A Thousand Ways to Yuba

As a proud carnivore could my appetite really be satisfied with “tofu skin”?

September 15, 2015

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

The story represents the cycle of human experience

September 3, 2015

Faith in Omakase

In Japan, the concept of letting the chef decide what you should eat is called “Omakase”. Restaurant patrons put their faith in the “expert” and trust that he/she would choose the freshest ingredients and prepare them in the finest way.

August 22, 2015

4 Options for Cheap Eats in Japan

Like anywhere in the world, if you eat like a local, you don’t need to spend a lot. The trick in Tokyo? Eat these Japanese “fast foods”

July 22, 2015

Speak Japanese? Speak Korean, too!

Learn the following words, and you’ve got them down for both languages.

July 17, 2015

100 Yen Store Beauty Guide

100 Yen Stores offer some of my favorite beauty products, not just because of price, but also quality.

May 22, 2015

Group Feasting at Nabezo

A convenient place to feast on great Japanese food that is enhanced by a large party!

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