Not so long ago I took you on a foodie’s tour of Japan’s three major Chinatowns—and after all that delicious food it is time for a new cross-cultural experience right here in Japan. We are heading for the home (away from home) of kimchi, K-pop and cheap cosmetics: Koreatown!
Asakusa, one of the most popular tourist areas in Tokyo, boasts many kinds of small shops and stands that offer small snacks and sweets throughout the area. Visiting sights there will surely be better if combined with sampling local food, but with so many options, how to chose? Here are the 4 must-eats in Asakusa for satiating your sweet tooth.
Plum blossom season is here, so what better time to share one of our favorite spots to see some pink-petaled beauties. And that spot is Ikegami Plum Garden in Tokyo’s Ota Ward—home to over 370 plum trees, made up of 30 unique varieties. The garden measures about 8,000 square meters, and was originally an artist’s studio before it became someone’s home and later was granted to the ward to be opened as a public space.
Of the numerous cute Japanese souvenirs for cat enthusiasts, there would be nothing more memorable than a self-made maneki-neko, or lucky cat. Café Nekoemon in one of northern Tokyo’s traditional districts, Yanaka, offers the opportunity to make your very own maneki-neko accompanied by a cute paw-shaped biscuit and a drink of your choice.
For most foodies, a trip to Japan includes a long list of different kinds of dishes to try out. But after you have visited dozens of restaurants, depachika (department store food halls) and of course the Tsukiji market, you might want to know where the cooks get their equipment to prepare those tasty wonders.
Retreating into the mountains, surrounded by nature, and solely devoting yourself to meditation and self-reflection. Sounds like a dream? Well, a temple stay offers you just that, plus a taste of traditional Japan.
It is that time of the year where gamers “Press start” for the ultimate gaming event in Japan!
This might sound like a very strange question for many people, but have you ever fished in the heart of a metropolis, right between all the skyscrapers and business districts?
With a unique technique called “vintage sold by weight” from Paris you can get amazing value on brand clothing and accessories by shopping at a Kilo Shops.
Some time ago I wrote an article on Japan’s natural arts featuring amongst others the art of bonsai.