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The Plum Season! images

The Plum Season!

June and July is the season of the "plum rain" in Japan. The start of the season is much expected and advertised by the weather report. The plum rain front has reached Okinawa... they say with a very dark voice. And suddenly, it pours cats and dogs in Tokyo. There is no plum-rain in Hokkaido. W…(646 words)

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Claire

What Japan is proud of - Craftsmanship! : Japanese Watches images

What Japan is proud of - Craftsmanship! : Japanese Watches

I had an opportunity to visit the Museum and as a SEIKO watch fan, had a very good time there. Here is the highlights of the Exhibit for those who cannot make it here. Those who visit Tokyo and have time, I highly recommend to visit this place. Note also that it is close to other popular tourist…(188 words)

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KIH

What Japan is proud of - Craftsmanship! : Japanese Watches II images

What Japan is proud of - Craftsmanship! : Japanese Watches II

Part 1 - Evolution of the "Timepieces"1st Floor mainly focuses on the evolution of the timepieces.(1) The Start of Time MeasurementEquatorial Sundial made in Qing Dynasty, China (see photo)Chomon points the Polaris, and it casts the shadow on the dial parallel to the equator. Hour ma…(527 words)

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KIH

Buying a Used or New Car in Tokyo japan images

Buying a Used or New Car in Tokyo japan

When arriving in Tokyo or other areas of japan you may be wanting to buy a used car. Be ready for the advertised price not to be the final price. Depending on the length of registration, taxes, dealer fees etc there could be as much as 400,000 yen extra on top of the listed price to get the car …(246 words)

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Mick Lay

Diver City Tokyo, Odaiba images

Diver City Tokyo, Odaiba

Diver City Tokyo in Odaiba is one of the newest shopping mall in Tokyo, its full of fashion shops and amusements, and there you got to see the 18m tall gigantic Gundam too!http://www.divercity-tokyo.com/en/(38 words)

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cwljwc

Cheap and unique Japanese snacks images

Cheap and unique Japanese snacks

If you are left with some extra change at the end of your trip and are lost what to do with it, go to any one of the thousands of convenient stores in Japan. You will find many "local" snacks there and you can pick and choose to take back home for your friends and family. I recommend buying snacks …(104 words)

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GenS

Village Vanguard images

Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard is a cool chain of trinket shops in Tokyo, as well as other areas of Japan. They sell everything from plastic models, to squirtguns, to snacks. And there is also a lot of books. One thing that is pretty popular in Japan among young people is elaborate keychain set ups.Chain wal…(129 words)

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KurtisW

The "Kuji" for prizes images

The "Kuji" for prizes

Takarakuji basically means a lottery, with random chances at getting a prize. The most common and commercial one is the national money lottery, and tickets are usually sold at small booths near train stations, or out in front of large grocery stores.However, often called "Kuji" for short, many …(153 words)

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KurtisW

Asakusa is good place to buy Japanese things from Tokyo images

Asakusa is good place to buy Japanese things from Tokyo

Asakusa is well known place for the tourist. It is fun to go shopping and eating in Asakusa as well.There are many shops in Asakusa and lots of shops sells Edokomono.Edokomono means Tokyo traditional small peace of hand crafts.My favorite shop is "sukeroku助六" in Nakamise Street( when you g…(85 words)

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yukorose

What is a good souvenir for children? images

What is a good souvenir for children?

Big soft toys! Japan has tons of soft toys that come in many shapes and cute characters. I would recommend you to visit one of the game centers and try out their UFO catchers. In some places like Round One, Namco etc, you can ask the staff how to efficiently win it or place it where you can easily …(78 words)

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lucaslim

When Shopping in Japan Live as the Japanese Do images

When Shopping in Japan Live as the Japanese Do

Shopping in Japan can be a dream. The stores are beautiful and the shopkeepers are very civilized and unaggressive. One thing to remember is that when the staff say "Irashaimase" it basically means welcome and is a set phrase at every establishment. They are just welcoming you and not being pushy i…(113 words)

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Deep Harajuku Feature images

Deep Harajuku Feature

It's been covered on this site and many otehrs, but Harajuku is the absolute number one area for the typical Japanese fashion scene. Although mostly pertaining to girls' fashion, stylish menswear is also abundant.This site provides some fantastic first-hand, up-close and personal features of th…(78 words)

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KurtisW

Japanese Vending Machines: Next Generation images

Japanese Vending Machines: Next Generation

Have you seen the new generation of vending machines in Japan? The new touchscreen ones are smart and connected. They watch people and target them by showing commercials, news, recommendations, and special offers.You can identify these new machines easily, they have a huge touchscreen and a cam…(156 words)

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David

Golden Week in Japan? images

Golden Week in Japan?

Listen to the latest podcast where I speak with Japan Today editor Chris Betros, Kelly Wetherille, editor in chief for Savvy Tokyo, and Steve Kim, founder of the Cinco De Mayo Festival being held in Tokyo and Osaka to hear about some fun things to do during Golden Week. Here are some examples!S…(154 words)

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Kong

"ip.horn" iPhone Speaker images

"ip.horn" iPhone Speaker

The ip.horn speaker is an extremely rare item, currently sold only at a number of events in held in Japan. The manufacturer prefers to remain anonymous, because the craftsmen make the ip.horn in their spare time, outside of regular company business. Nonetheless, the company, which makes wood prod…(550 words)

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mikekato

Bouncy Skirts the Newest Tokyo Fashion Trend images

Bouncy Skirts the Newest Tokyo Fashion Trend

And, as for fashion, how about these new bouncy-wouncy skirts I spotted in the display window at Issey Miyake in Omotesando?!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShCPRlwQeYQ&feature=youtu.beIt is as if your skirt or blouse was on a trampoline! We understand that Issey Miyake is all about the move…(185 words)

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Kong

Souvenir ideas for your home images

Souvenir ideas for your home

As a college student, when I return to Japan, I look for things that are Japanesque and remind me of home. This summer, I bought room-decoration items that have brightened up my room. These are some of my tips on where to buy Japanese souvenirs to add that Japanese-touch to your home. 1. Go to …(175 words)

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RieS

Quality Jewlery- Nozomi Project images

Quality Jewlery- Nozomi Project

If you are looking for beautiful gifts that can also help in the rebuilding of a broken community in Japan, the Nozomi project is a great place to shop.The Nozomi project is based in Ishinomaki, Tohoku. Nozomi means "Hope" which is perfect for this company as it helps rebuild the lives of peopl…(273 words)

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jjwalsh

Japan’s Farmers Markets images

Japan’s Farmers Markets

Since the onset of the notion of people bringing their consumable goods together in one area for others to sample, enjoy, and obtain, they were unknowingly creating the concept of markets as we know them today. What might come to mind when I say the word market are smartly lined shelves, refrigerat…(321 words)

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Alex

2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN: shopping under the Yamanote line images

2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN: shopping under the Yamanote line

There is a hidden street under the Yamanote line tracks near Ueno's Ameyoko Shotengai between Okachimachi and Akihabara. Follow the elevated JR train tracks to 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN and you will find a quiet place filled with the best handcrafted Japanese goods.There are about 50 small stores and w…(155 words)

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David

Custom Order Event for Pocket Tool with Genuine Urushi Edomoji images

Custom Order Event for Pocket Tool with Genuine Urushi Edomoji

Victorinox Japan Inc. (headquartered in Minato-ku Tokyo; Representative Executive Officer: Mamiko Tanaka) will hold the “Custom Order Event for Swiss Army Knives with Genuine Urushi Edomoji” for two days on Friday and Saturday, August 28 & 29 at the Victorinox Store Ginza. The event will feature Un…(263 words)

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TOMOKO

Taking the Benefits of Onsen Home images

Taking the Benefits of Onsen Home

I’m a sucker for a good gift shop. Before most every trip, one of the first things I’m researching online is what the best local souvenirs are to take home from a destination. When it comes to Kusatsu Onsen, one of the best ways to remember the experience is to take home some of the unique skincare…(409 words)

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Petra

Souvenirs from Japan images

Souvenirs from Japan

Gachapon capsule toys make ideal souvenirs"Gachapon, coin operated vending machines, are ubiquitous in Japan. Unlike their downscale cousins in the US, which usually dispense stale candy or cheap plastic gadgets, gachapon figurines can be collectors items. The variety is endless, and changes co…(387 words)

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DeepJapan

Hakuhinkan toy park images

Hakuhinkan toy park

I recommend Hakuhinkan Toy Park in GInza, which many pop stars like Michael Jackson visited for shopping.http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/guide_en.html(25 words)

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There's something special about the Disney stores in Japan images

There's something special about the Disney stores in Japan

There is something about the Disney stores in Japan that make you think as though you’re really in Disneyland. The workers are so ebullient and the atmosphere is magical. What makes the experience at the Disney stores better are the products that they have, which you cannot find anywhere else in th…(106 words)

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RieS

Must take a purikura! images

Must take a purikura!

In Japan, there is a big arcade culture, perhaps because of the variety of machines from Mario Kart to air hockey to UFO catchers. However, my favorite destination is the purikura or the print club machines. This is a machine in which you go in, take photos of yourself with different poses and back…(164 words)

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RieS

Go to Yurindo! images

Go to Yurindo!

I always go to Yurindo when looking for English books. Yurindo is a chain book store that is present everywhere in Japan, usually near big stations. The one in Yokohama station has a relatively good selection of English books. The books range from well-known classics to popular books that were rece…(120 words)

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RieS

Kimono for you to wear or for souvenir? images

Kimono for you to wear or for souvenir?

Traditional Kimono is wide range of the price.If you would like to buy traditional Kimono for you to wear, you can go to the department store such as Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihongobashi or Shinjyuku Takashimaya Department store. The most of Department store have a Kimono shop and the…(150 words)

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yukorose

Looking for cool second-hand clothes? Visit Shimokitazawa! images

Looking for cool second-hand clothes? Visit Shimokitazawa!

Hello! Its Mido :)In Japan, there are many second-hand apparel shops. As you have seen, girls & boys in Tokyo are very on-time fashioned, with high-end brands. So, when the season is off, you will most probably be able to find them at a second-hand shops or flea markets.You will be able to f…(101 words)

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Mido

Food, Drinks, Utilities- Restrooms - convenience stores is a small world in itself.. images

Food, Drinks, Utilities- Restrooms - convenience stores is a small world in itself..

Convenience stores will store the following - 1. Food - salad boxes, ready to eat bento box (pasta/curry etc) (mostly non-vegetarian), fruits (banana, apple, oranges), Curd, Diet biscuits, nuts, chips, chocolates, chewing gum, cup ramen noodles, soups, french fries or chicken nuggets (ready to ea…(287 words)

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suku

Amazing Shopping Stores in Tokyo, Japan images

Amazing Shopping Stores in Tokyo, Japan

Since Shibuya's newest shopping Oasis, Hikarie, is located immediately above the Shibuya Station on the Ginza, Hanzomon and other lines, I happened to walk up into the amazing structure the other day. I was taken immediately by the high ceilinged/airy feel of the building and I could tell there was…(146 words)

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Try Jiro Ramen images

Try Jiro Ramen

Jiro ramen is a famous ramen restaurant chain that only exists in the Tokyo area. Most foreigners don't find it because it's not really advertised and the chefs don't usually speak English. If you feel brave, you can try it on your own or have a Japanese person accompany you. it is some of the best…(91 words)

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KurtisW

Harajuku is the place to go images

Harajuku is the place to go

Recently, I went to Harajuku's Takeshita Dori to do some shopping. This is probably one of the hottest spots for Gyaru, where even some of the store employees have the Gyaru make-up and fashion. As the stores are aimed for young Japanese girls, the prices are also reasonable and many stores often h…(134 words)

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RieS

TIROL Chocolate 20 yen each images

TIROL Chocolate 20 yen each

You should go to a Japanese convenience store and buy TIROL chocolate for your friends! TIROL chocolate is very famous and I bet almost everybody knows. Originally they were introduced to the market 40 years ago and for the time being, they were sold at 10 yen each so that even little childre…(117 words)

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EmiOnishi

Large parks in Tokyo images

Large parks in Tokyo

Many large parks in Tokyo such as Shinjuku Central Park, Yoyogi Park, Komazawa Olympic Park have regular flea markets throughout the year.Japan has in some cases a binary culture in terms of used items. In general, and you will hear many Japanese and foreigners alike claim this, Japanese LOVE n…(167 words)

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KurtisW

Try Asakusa by Kaminarimon images

Try Asakusa by Kaminarimon

There are numerous kimono stores along the shopping avenue directly behind Kaminarimon in Asakusa. They have kimonos of varying quality available. If you're looking for a proper, traditional Kimono, expect to spend a few thousand dollars. If you're looking for something more affordable, there are o…(47 words)

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KurtisW

See if You Like Shochu images

See if You Like Shochu

Of the varieties of alcohol in Japan, Shochu is the most common hard liquor that is often drank on its own and is mixed in a variety of drinks. It's strength is typically in the 15-20% range and comes has a wide variety of brands to try. It tastes like sour plums. Even if you don't like it on its o…(87 words)

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KurtisW

Give them the Gift of Language images

Give them the Gift of Language

While toys and trinkets are fine gifts for children, consider buying your child a book about learning Japanese. Many of these can come in the form of picture books that teach them simple vocabulary, such as counting in Japanese or how to say their favorite toys in Japanese. If they become intereste…(133 words)

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KurtisW

Daiso is SO da BOMB! images

Daiso is SO da BOMB!

Back home the dollar store is home to outdated, tacky t-shirts, plastic plates and expired candy and food. In Japan, however, the hyaku-en shop, or Daiso, is a mecca of high-quality goods and great Japanese souvenirs.Plates, bowls, mugs and cups that would cost 10 times as much in your home cou…(188 words)

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Nate

Not everything costs 100 yen images

Not everything costs 100 yen

Some items in the stores cost more than 100 yen so pay attention to the price tags. There are some items that go for up to 600 yen or so. With the tax hike, all goods are at least 108 yen at this time and may rise in the future with additional tax increases.(54 words)

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Kenji