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The New Symbol of Entertainment in Shibuya – Shop, Dine, & Play at Hikarie

New kid on the block Shibuya Hikarie is a relatively new shopping complex completed in April 2012. The building has 34 floors including a theatre at the top, the Tokyu Theatre Orb, as well as several galleries and restaurants. The building itself is connected to Shibuya station underground as well as by a walkway on the second floor and is just a five minute walk from the famous Shibuya scramble. Access to Hikarie is easy from many different subway and train lines. Seen as a new symbol of Entertainment in Shibuya, and providing attractions that reach for a broader audience than the usual youth of Shibuya, Hikarie expands the vision

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Autumn Limited Edition Food Goodies in Japan

As the season changes to Autumn, clothing stores start to stock their stores will all sorts of new seasonal wear. Sure, when the season changes the weather changes and you definitely need warmer clothing, but there is also something to be said about a different atmosphere. When summer turns to autumn in Tokyo the leaves start to fall, it becomes colder, sometimes a little rainy, and everyone wants to bundle up. To commemorate this seasonal change as well as some of the holidays and traditions in Japan, many fast food chains, restaurants, and cafes release a limited time seasonal menu. McDonald’s Tsukimi Burgers: Let’s start with McDonald’s. McDonald’s has their

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Bread in Japan Part 1

Japan is a paradise for food lovers. With sushi made from fish caught on the same day, crispy tempura, handmade udon, and even Pikachu themed curry rice will keep your belly full longer than your stay in Japan. That being said, don’t miss out on the Japanese bread experience! If you want to get a taste of Japan, be sure to try these baked concoctions that have become a staple in Japanese food culture. Anpan Anpan. When thinking about traditional Japanese sweets (called wagashi – 和菓子), sweetened red bean paste is as ubiquitous as it gets. So it is not surprising that one of the most ubiquitous Japanese breads is filled with

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The Almighty Japanese Convenience Stores

Obviously from the name, you know that a convenience store is meant to be a convenient spot to get all your basic necessities. A convenience store will not get any more convenient than the ones in Japan. They have almost everything you need in one stop! First and foremost, the convenience stores in Japan have food, notebooks, hygiene items, magazines, and many more of the “basics” you would usually need for daily living. Convenience Store Brands The great thing about the convenience stores in Japan is that they have their own brand which offer a line of foods that are a lot cheaper than the other brand name stuff. For example,

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Neighborhood Guide: Ueno

Ueno, found in the Taito ward of Tokyo is famous for having many attractions. The large park, Ueno-onshi-koen, is made up of the area adjacent to Ueno station which has several museums, a small amusement park, and a concert hall. The park is also known for having the famous Ueno zoo. The area below the station is home to a famous flea market named “Ameyokocho”, full of street food and old-style shopping and culture. Ueno is a part of the Shintamachi, or low city district, providing an old town Hatmosphere free from large buildings, and considered to be a more affordable area in Tokyo with food and shopping being relatively

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Japanese Tea Ceremony 101

Depending on where you’re from, tea may not be something that takes a lot of importance in your daily life. In Japan, tea is a big part of daily life. There are dozens of different types of bottled tea and it goes well with any kind of Japanese meals. Not only does it have such a precedent in everyday life, but it also has a deep history in Japanese culture. History and Spiritual Aspects One of the most elegant and cultural aspect of tea in Japan is the tea ceremony (cha no yu) or the way of tea (sado). The ceremony and tea itself was first introduced to Japan from China. From

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Like 1,000 mirrors: Cafe Culture in Tokyo

In their transformation of Edo into a metropolis, incorporating cafe culture was the Tokyo masters coup de grâce. It gave creatives and bohemians somewhere to hang out, and led to the budding of new social norms. Right from the start, they had the impulse that it would not be enough to mimic what they were doing in Europe: no, better to take the idea and make it Tokyo. Whilst a thousand cafes filled with iron and white tablecloths is charming in a city of cathedrals, this city is made of visions of the future. Tokyo inspiration Proprietors exploit space, natural light, furnishings and music merely to reflect the character of

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7 of the Most Essential Japanese Vending Machine Beverages to Quench Your Thirst With

Anywhere you go in Japan, you can bet that you will find a vending machine stocked with ready-to-drink bottled and canned beverages somewhere in the area. Known as the jidohanbaiki or jihanki in short, these machines have become a part of the landscape of this country. While you can find a wide array of lists on the internet about the quirky and unusual products sold on these machines, here is a list of the teiban (‘classics’) of the Japanese brands which have withstood the test of time and fads, and are definitely here to stay.

Neighborhood Guide: Azabu Juban

Azabu Juban (麻布十番) is a district in the Minato ward of Tokyo and is perhaps one of the most famous old town shopping areas in the city. With the area dotted with many foreign embassies, the Juban district is a curious mix of the Edo shitamachi (old downtown) vibes with multi-cultural influences from the district’s large foreign expat community. Read on for a brief history of the area as well as our guide on the most recommended spots in Azabu Juban!

4 Mouthwatering Tokyo Eats You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

In case you didn’t know already, Tokyo is a heaven for food lovers—however, you may be robbing yourself of the complete foodie experience if you’re only sticking to trying the textbook examples of the Japanese cuisine known to the world. Sure, sushi and ramen are great, but you must know that Tokyo has so much more to offer to satisfy your taste buds. Here is a list of four delicious Japanese eats you must try in Tokyo which you may have never heard of—but they are sure to become the newest additions to your all-time favorite dishes.