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Kungyokudo Incense: Modernity Meets Tradition in Tokyo

While shopping in Japan, there is a huge range of souvenirs to choose from. For something traditional yet different, might I suggest incense from Kungyokudo, the oldest incense company in Japan. This company's high-quality incense comes in affordable price points and makes...

Soothing Summer Wind Chimes from Shinohara Furin

Shopping in Tokyo? Head to Shinohara Furin Honpo for some traditional glass wind chimes. Originally thought to ward off evil spirits, furin wind chimes can be made of glass or iron, and take the form of a bell of varied shapes which flutters gently...

Traditional Japanese Crafts in Osaka: Tenugui make great summer souvenirs

Osaka's "Nakani" shop creates the patterns on the tenugui hand towels using a technique called “chusen,” which is said to have been invented in Osaka in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Often just a simple...

Super Tamade! Osaka’s Balls-Out Supermarket Experience.

The first visit to any Japanese supermarket is always exciting. The abundance of the same foods you pay a fortune for back home; more varieties of mayonnaise than you can count. And... are those... tentacles? However, Osaka prefecture...

Strolling Through Yesteryear: Exploring Yanaka Ginza

After an early morning photo shoot at Nezu Shrine, I make my way to Yanaka Ginza, the traditional shopping street at the core of the Yanaka neighbourhood. Soft sunlight kisses my face as I navigate the residential...

Nawate dori: Matsumoto’s Charming Frog Street

A visit to the mountain city of Matsumoto wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Nawate Street. Just 10 minutes’ walk from Matsumoto Castle, the quaint Nawate-dori looks as though it’s been plucked from the pages of...

Exploring Cosplay Shops in Tokyo. Destination: Akihabara.

Many a Tokyo guidebook will suggest a visit to the neighbourhood of Akihabara. A bright, loud spot for electronics, idol groups, maid cafes and manga, it’s one of the best places to get acquainted with Japanese pop culture. Akihabara also happens to...

Japanese Summer Accessories to Keep You Cool All Season Long

Summer is a great time for travel, but summers in Japan, with soaring temperatures and high humidity, are no joke. Luckily, there are a number of cooling items available to keep you chilled and fresh all summer long. I made a trip...

Sampling, Shopping and Snacking at Tokyu Food Show

Food lovers, prepare yourselves for one of the most dangerous foodie activities in Shibuya. It’s not sushi, it’s not renowned international fare, it’s not impossibly kawaii sweets—it’s all of the above and then some. Nestled beneath Shibuya Station, Tokyu Food Show is...

Harajuku LUSH: Eye Candy and Exclusive Products

For a nation that adores bathing and kawaii things so much, it’s no surprise LUSH has taken off in Japan. (Just don’t try to drop one of these sparkly bath bombs into the public onsen—they’re strictly for home use!) With over 80...

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