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Article by LaShawn Toyoda

How to Tell Your Japanese Company You’re Pregnant

Announcing your pregnancy shouldn’t be something scary, but sometimes it is. Many women worry about telling their company that they’re expecting, because they fear that they’ll receive a negative reaction. I certainly felt that way when I found out I was pregnant shortly after accepting a new job.

Article by Lynnie Lim

Go Super Saiyan over cakes and coffee! Dragon Ball Cafe and Diner in Osaka

To say that Dragon Ball has a 'cult following' is probably to do it an injustice. For more than thirty years now Goku and friends have captured the imaginations

Article by Sherilyn Siy

Spa by the Lake: Miyazawako Onsen

There is an easy, rejuvenating getaway from the city just a little over an an hour away from Ikebukuro. It is difficult to believe that Lake Miyazawa is an arti

Article by Jennifer Weiss

4 Fun & Unusual Winter Activities

Winter wonderland Japan! Who would have guessed that besides temples and sushi, this country also boasts an active winter scene with mountains of snow? The Nor

Article by Mike B

Top-Food at Low Prices: Your Guide to Japan's Cheap Michelin Star Restaurants

I have spent more than half my life in Japan now, and one thing I have always appreciated is the attention to detail that comes with food here.  No, here, food

Article by Johanna Forsberg

Surviving Winters in Japan– The Drugstore Way

Keep your skin moisture in this Winter.

Article by Julia Lai

Eat with Goku at Cafe & Diner

The Popular Dragon Ball series is back in a yummy and also fashionable form.Sorry this time you won't be seeing Goku is his Saiyan forms but you can enjoy a nic

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Article by Fran Japani

Pregnant in Japan

So you're pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) and in Japan. Likely terrified of overcoming the language barriers and cultural differences, hopefully this

Article by Kristin Lagman

Sumida Aquarium

The Sumida Aquarium is located under the Tokyo Skytree. Having seen the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa and the Kaiyukan in Osaka, we wondered what an aquarium in

Article by Margaret Iuchi

OUR FIRST OFFLINE EVENT! JOURNEY ACROSS JAPAN AFTERPARTY

Read what went down at our first ever offline event: Tokyo Creative x Abroad in Japan's Journey Across Japan afterparty

Article by Tokyo Creative

Orbi Osaka & the Redhorse OSAKA WHEEL

Most people might flock to Universal Studios when they come to Osaka, but there’s a new player in town called Orbi. Located in the popular LaLaport EXPOCITY sho

Article by Ben White

Odaiba's Retro Video Game Arcade

Note: I have covered this arcade partially in a video I created for YouTube if you wish to see it in motion:[VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQqu9-L98rg&

Article by Kerstin Yamane

10 Things to see in Hakodate

If you hear about Hokkaido you will mostly think about the beautiful nature, good food and its biggest city Sapporo. But there is a second big city south of Hok

Article by Tokyo Creative

The Best Time to Travel to Osaka

Osaka has four distinctive seasons, all of which are suitable for traveling all throughout the year. Spring and autumn, however, are the peak seasons. In s

Article by Steven Chua

Uji: Not just a famous name on your green tea

It's common to associate Uji City with just green tea when one brings up it's name. Being one of the earliest site for tea cultivation in Japan, you could also

Article by Morgain Le Fae

Fuji Rock Festival

All Good Things come in Threes 536a4e2c77114.jpg 532.54 KB via escapismmagazine.com I could have been going all three days, but I went only on Friday and Sunday

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Studying an Online Kansai Dialect - Student Interview

Find out what it's like to study a Kansai dialect course online with Kendall!

Article by Tokyo Creative

Five tried-and-true ways to learn Japanese

With so many ways to learn Japanese, how do you know which one will work for you? In our article, we give you our top 5 ways!

Article by Kyle Bondoc

How to make Bento Boxes like a Japanese Supermarket

In Japanese convenience stores, you often see a lot of affordable prepackaged meals in a box-like format. If you’re in the mood to recreate this in the comfort of your own kitchen, here are some tips and suggestions to get you started

Article by Geraldine Mills

12 Crucial Things You Should Never Do When You Travel to Japan

Japan is one of the most visited countries in Asia and it’s for a plethora of reasons — number one of which is being home to probably the most delicious food on the planet. Here are 12 crucial things that you should never do when visiting the land of the rising sun.

Article by LaShawn Toyoda

How to Tell Your Japanese Company You’re Pregnant

Announcing your pregnancy shouldn’t be something scary, but sometimes it is. Many women worry about telling their company that they’re expecting, because they fear that they’ll receive a negative reaction. I certainly felt that way when I found out I was pregnant shortly after accepting a new job.

Article by Elise Meng

2019 Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Japan

2020 is your year to finally get yourself to Japan... and this is how you do it.

Article by Elise Meng

The Koji Kraze you need to get on board with

One major health trend coming out of Japan that we can get on board with is mold– specifically, we’re loving a rice mold called Koji. Already a favorite ingredient to some of the world’s leading chefs like David Chang, René Redzepi, and Jonathon Sawyer, Koji is the old-but-new ingredient to spice up your cooking processes.

Article by Elise Meng

Kick off your OIta Experience!

With the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2020 inching nearer and nearer, the small city of Oita is secretly packing some heat among its narrow streets. Now, at Tokyo Creative, we already have a wide range of favorite places in Oita already (see here or here), but since this was our first time doing a mini-team trip, we’re excited to add more to our list of favorite places to recommend.

Article by Jon Mulligan

Escape the City to the beautiful Seaside Town of Nishi-Izu

A coastal town located in the Shizuoka-Kanto area of Japan, Nishi-Izu is known for fresh seafood and its outstanding natural beauty. It really is a must-visit for any outdoor adventurer or travel-buff.

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Saga

Saga has a natural beauty that inspires. It is one of the few prefectures that has two different ocean borders: The Sea of Genkai on the north and on its south

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Kyoto

Kyoto is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Japan. The historical city is home to iconic landmarks such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkaku-ji and the Fushimi-inari shrine.

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Shizuoka

Majestic Mount Fuji, rolling hills of green tea plantations, and the gorgeous coastline of the Izu Peninsula give Shizuoka a rich character that makes it a grea

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Chiba

Chiba Prefecture is just next door to the megalopolis of Tokyo, it's a special place with a long history. Chiba has abundant farm land, historic temples, tradit

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Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is on the westernmost tip of Honshu, and because of its proximity, historically it has been an important center of cultural exchange with the Korean P

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Nara

A cradle of traditional Japanese history and culture, Nara breathes the spirit of Yamato - the Japanese nation. Formerly known as “Heijyokyo", Nara was the firs

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki prefecture is on the southeastern side of Kyushu and is known for its majestic mountains and rugged coastal scenery. Surfing has grown in popularity he

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Ishikawa

Ishikawa prefecture is a small, thin prefecture on the western coast of the Honshu island, next to the Sea of Japan. It is closer to Tokyo than Kyoto, making it

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Kochi

Kochi, on Shikoku Island, is quite rural. In fact, 85% of the prefecture is covered in forests. This lush, green area is perfect for adventurers and is famous f