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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 Barbara Buchanan

All you need to know... Sado Island

Shaped like a wonky yo-yo floating in the sea off the west of Honshu, Sado Island is a place of drama. Centuries ago, the island was somewhere you were not expe

Article by Christie L

A day at Kamogawa Sea World

[INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/p/BXwXf82loO4/] Kamogawa Sea World is located at Kamogawa, Chiba. If you happen to love sea creatures and are completely fine w

Article by Chian Ying

Best souvenir to give yourself from Japan

Japan , also known as 'The land of the rising sun' has fascinated millions of people around the world with its long history which are retained until now, amazin

Article by Frank C

Lost in Akihabara Literally

Hello and welcome back again to another episode of "to be frankie"! apologies for the break again. Life has been quite hectic! Today we will be looking at Akiha

Article by Donna Rhae

The Wonderful and Weird World of Japanese Museums

IntroductionIf you're like me the word "museum" is simply another term for "bored out of your mind" and "sore feet". Most museums I've visited in the states hav

Article by Tokyo Creative

Shizuoka For The First Time

Shizuoka Prefecture, located between Tokyo and Osaka, boasts of laying claim to the more picturesque side of Mt Fuji, historical hot springs and attractions, cl

Article by Emma Parker

The Hidden Depths of Bonsai

My latest voyage of discovery with Tokyo Creative led me into the fascinating and complex Japanese art of creating ancient forests less than a metre high, known to the w

Article by Mike B

Understanding Shinto: Part I, Cleansing before entering

IMG_2445.JPG 2.5 MBCertainly, any traveler to Japan is bound to visit at least one shrine during their sojourn.  Whether it's the giant Meiji Shrine in the hea

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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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Mie

While often overlooked due to its more popular neighbors like Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Mie prefecture offers a unique cultural experience for those who visit. B

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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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Niigata

Niigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centurie

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Tokyo

Tokyo is all about contrasts. Its irresistible charm comes from the clash between its cutting-edge style and traditional culture. From the organized chaos of [S

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Kagoshima

Lush and tropical, Kagoshima Prefecture inhabits the southernmost part of Kyushu and includes a string of islands stretching to Taiwan. The most famous of these

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Miyagi

Miyagi is on the Pacific coast in the Tohoku Region. It’s castle-town capital, Sendai City, has a long history which you can experience in many interesting muse

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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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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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Hokkaido

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves majestic forests, clear blue lakes, pillowy powder snow, and amazing, farm-fresh food, Hokkaido is an absolute dream