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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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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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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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 | Food/Drink

Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu

History of the restaurant Today I’d like to introduce one restaurant that serves food and drinks that incorporate Japanese tea as ingredients. The restaurant serves a wide range of Japanese tea such as Green tea, Barley tea, Hojicha, Matcha, etc. The restaurant opened in 2014 as a main dining of Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten which […]

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Food/Drink | Travel

Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu

If you are in Tokyo and want to see Japanese drum (“Taiko”) show while enjoying good Japanese Izakaya food, then please try Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu. It is a chain of restaurants with more than ten locations in Tokyo. You may have already heard about the restaurant as the restaurant was the model location for a fighting […]

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Nezu museum

Where is Nezu museum? The Nezu museum is located close to Omotesando Station, one of Tokyo’s most trendy and fashionable area in Tokyo. With beautiful Japanese garden right next to the museum, the place is truly an urban oasis in Tokyo. The first owner of the museum was Kaichiro Nezu, president of the Tobu railway […]

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Tsubaki (“Camellia”)

Tsubaki, Camellia, is written in Kanji (“Chinese character”) by using the letter meaning “Tree” and “Spring”. Tsubaki is mentioned in Japanese folklore such as Yaobikuni, Tsubaki no Otome, and Oga no Tsubaki, and also, it is treated as a tree sacred to a deity at temples/shrines in Japan which is one of the reasons why […]

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Yakatabune Boat Cruises

What is Yakatabune? Yakatabune is a unique Japanese-style wooden tour boat which is good for sightseeing as you can see quite a few famous spots in Tokyo from the boat while sailing along the river. Yakatabune is normally not that big and has over the centuries hosted dinner parties where guests can mingle and socialize […]

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Travel

Shibuya Scramble Square

Shibuya Scramble Square is a large-scale complex and the tallest building in Shibuya which opened in November 2019. If you want to look over the famous Shibuya crossing (like a picture below), Shibuya Sky, an observation area on the 47th floor of the building rising 229 meters above the city of Shibuya, is the best […]

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