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10 Best Japanese Beauty Products

10 Best Japanese Beauty Products

When it comes to beauty products, Korean brands may be stealing the spotlight these days. WIth Snail mucus and egg yolk products going viral, it’s hard to deny Korea’s strong presence in the beauty industry. But let’s take a look at its neighbor Japan. In case you didn’t know, Japan…read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Edamame(枝豆)

A Beginner's Guide to Edamame(枝豆)

Not sure what edamame is? In short, they’re the green beans that are served as appetizers at your favorite Japanese izakaya and that “magical” up-and-coming vegetable you’re friend won’t stop raving about. Edamame is a young soybean that is harvested before the beans become hard and mature. I’m sure we’ve…read more

Compelling Novels by Haruki Murakami You Really Should Read

Compelling Novels by Haruki Murakami You Really Should Read

Each year, I reach a point where I’m desperately craving for a Murakami fix. For me, reading a Murakami novel is similar to the experience of eating caviar. It’s a rare delicacy you savor, indulge in, appreciate and long for going through the same process all over again. The most…read more

Noh – A Story Behind the Mask

Noh – A Story Behind the Mask

Do you like classical plays like Shakespeare and Hamlet or do you prefer modern dramas like musicals? Although old plays might seem boring and stagnant at times, you will find that it carries deep meanings, and that the same essence of what constitutes a “good” play can be seen in…read more

A Japanese sushi restaurant had a huge success, taking advantage of Big Data technology!

A Japanese sushi restaurant had a huge success, taking advantage of Big Data technology!

Have you ever been to a traditional Sushi restaurant in Japan? There are lots of people who love fresh raw fish all over the world, and who’d love to visit Japan and have a real sushi experience. When you enter a sushi restaurant you might be little nervous because you…read more

Six Reasons to Go to Don Quijote Store

Six Reasons to Go to Don Quijote Store

Where do think is the most popular place in Tokyo? Akihabara is the one, Shibuya is also very famous for foreigners, but how about “Don Quijote Store”? Apparently, Don Quijote Store is the ‘must-visit’ place for foreign people. In the shop, you will hear many different foreign languages, as so…read more

4 Temples in Tokyo Where You Can Practice Zen(禅) Meditation

4 Temples in Tokyo Where You Can Practice Zen(禅) Meditation

The modern lifestyle comes with enormous stress. The evolution of technology has enabled us to be constantly connected with our peers and co-workers 24/7. Do you look at work documents on your phone during your commute? Do you respond to emails to your boss after-hours because you feel obligated? Or…read more

5 Things to Buy at MUJI

5 Things to Buy at MUJI

It’s not hard to become obsessed with MUJI. MUJI is short for Mujirushi Ryouhin which means no brand, quality goods in Japanese. The Japanese brand has mastered the art of creating well-designed, high-quality goods, all with a minimalist flair. Unlike other retail stores, they don’t flaunt colors or logos on…read more

10 Places in Tokyo That Serve Amazing Shrimp Tempura

10 Places in Tokyo That Serve Amazing Shrimp Tempura

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that tempura is one of the most recognized Japanese dishes in the world. Whether you’re in Berlin or Melbourne, it’s not so difficult to come across a plate of tempura. In the past, I’ve overheard tourists saying “I don’t want to get tempura…read more

3 Trendy Japanese Sneaker Brand You Need to Know

3 Trendys Japanese Sneaker Brand You Need to Know

If you think you’re not a sneaker person, now may be a good time to reconsider. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that sneakers have become prevalent over the past couple of years. Gone are the days when they were only preserved for gym bunnies. Sneakers…read more