Culture/History | Travel

History of Yutenji temple

Feels like the entire world is under the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic; but we saw beautiful cherry blossoms this past Spring in the Yutenji temple area like we have seen many times in the past. Located not too far from the Yutenji station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, the temple of the Pure […]

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Food/Drink

Demae Sushi

If you are in Japan, a lot of Sushi restaurants deliver fresh sushi to your home with just a phone call in advance. Most of the time, the sushi comes in a Japanese Jubako box, a special lacquered food box similar to Bento boxes. These days, if you are in central parts of Tokyo, you […]

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Goods

Stationary

Stationery is very popular with Japanese people, especially erasable ballpoint pens flew off the shelves when they were first introduced, and are still a popular Japanese stationery item. Masking tape that you can write on is also popular, which is also used for wrapping presents and gifts, decorating your greeting cards and other items. Stickers […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Yukata

What is Yukata? Yukata is a traditional casual wear mostly worn in the summer and usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, which is different from Kimonos. In old days, Yukata was worn by people after taking a bath to cool down like we still do when we go to Onsen, a hot spring. You […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Factory & Labo Kanno Coffee

Coffee Shop near Gakugei-daigaku station “Kanno Coffee” is a coffee shop located about a 12-minute walk from the Gakugei-daigaku station on Tokyu-Toyoko Line. It looks like a coffee factory outside (and indeed, there is a coffee factory inside the building) but inside the shop has a very warm, comfortable atmosphere with wooden furniture. The owner […]

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Culture/History

Strange habit in Japan on the Escalator

Rules for public places Have you ever been urged by strangers to walk up or down faster while standing on the escalator? If so, please don’t be surprised as it is our habit to keep one side of the escalator open so that people who are in rush can walk faster on the escalator. Especially […]

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Cosmetics in Japanese pharmacies – Part 2

There are a few more items that I would recommend which can be purchased at a drugstore or pharmacy in Japan. CANMAKE: This brand sells cute, cheap, and high-quality makeup products mostly at drugstores in Japan. My favorite item from this brand is Lasting Multi Eyebase which makes the color of your eye makeup look […]

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Culture/History

Blood Types

You may have heard of it but Japanese people care about blood types. Why do Japanese people care so much about blood types? There is no one answer to it but lots of Japanese people believe in blood type horoscopes, which divide people into personalities based on blood types. People started believing in the qualities […]

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Goods

Cosmetics in Japanese pharmacies – Part 1

Have you been to a pharmacy or drugstore in Japan? It is a fun place to do some shopping as a variety of things are sold in the drugstore, including cosmetics, medicine, and other household goods. Today, I’d like to introduce some cheap cosmetic brands that are worth more than the price in the pharmacy […]

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Culture/History

Do Japanese people speak poor English?

Is it difficult to survive in English while traveling in Japan? It really depends on where you go in Japan, but in general, you may encounter difficulties to some extent if you only speak English while traveling in Japan. Especially, if you are outside of central parts of Tokyo you may want to do some […]

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