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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 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 Debby Kuo

Sakaiminato Trip

Abour Sakaiminato:Sakaiminato is a city located at the tip of the Yumigahama peninsula, and the whole area is about 28 square kilometers. Due to its advantageo

Article by Reona Sasaki

Tokyo's Korea Town: Shin-Okubo

If you go to certain areas in Japan, you can find melting pots of culture. Shin-Okubo is one of those areas, known to be Japan’s Korea town.  Shin-Okubo used to

Article by Rob W

Tokyo (1): Akihabara, the electric town.

My 3-day trip to Tokyo was a real adventure!In the next days, I will show you a few impressions from my trip and give you some advices for your Tokyo trip. Aki

Article by Johanna Forsberg

Surviving Winters in Japan– The Drugstore Way

So, winter in Japan might sound amazing. Pretty snow landscapes, warming hotpots and all those holiday decorations. But winter here is cold, and I am talking re

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AnimeJapan (Tokyo International Anime Fair)

Tokyo International Anime Fair Circa March 2013The first time I experienced AnimeJapan was in 2013, back when it was still named the Tokyo International Anime

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Japan's hottest accessory trends for fall

Japan is a country that is always incredibly on trend when it comes to fashion. Accessories are included in this, and as the seasons change so do people's perce

Article by Julia Lai

BLACKPINK X SHIBUYA109

Attention Shibuya!!!! , do you know  that BLACKPINK is in your area~If your a fan of Blackpink, kpop and love shopping.YG's BLACKPINK is doing a collaboration w

Article by Mike B

A Manga Fan's Mecca

Heading to Kyoto or already there?  Want to see or experience something other than shrines, temples, or other aspects of pre-modern culture?Tucked away in the c

Article by Sherilyn Siy

The ONE App That Will Make Your Life in Japan So Much Easier

My daughter entered first grade at a Japanese elementary school April this year and since then, I have been swimming in circulars or what they call purinto. She

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Five 60s Kansai Folk Songs That Changed Japan

You may know Kyoto for its golden pavilion, its temple balconies overlooking verdant glades of Momiji maple, rock gardens that look like oceans. But do you know its central role in the history of Japan’s folk music culture?

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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.

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Kanagawa

Kanagawa is a dynamic part of the greater Tokyo area. The capital city, Yokohama, features the famous Chinatown district, a port area with dining and shopping p

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Osaka

As the second largest city in Japan, Osaka is often compared to the capital city Tokyo—both popular travelling destinations in Japan. But some would venture to

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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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Hiroshima

The traditional center of the Chugoku region of Japan, and home to over 2.8 million people, Hiroshima is famous and infamous in its history and major sights. Hi

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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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Wakayama

Koyasan (Mount Koya) is the heart and soul of Wakayama Prefecture. Koyasan is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the year 885

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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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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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Fukui

Fukui is a small prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. When you explore this beautiful area you can see gorgeous rocky coastlines and beaches, taste fres