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Japan’s Hippest Island | Only in Japan

It was a bit disconcerting, being led to a bench in a pitch-black room and being told to sit there, wait, and let my eyes adjust until I could see. So I sat there for five minutes, maybe ten, worrying I’d be the first person in the history of this room who failed to see…

5 Urban Agriculture Initiatives in Tokyo

Farmer's Market in Tokyo

By Ann-Maree   While it may have started off as a bit of a faddish trend, the rise in the number of farmer’s markets and green innovations like Imera’s soil-less “hydromembrane” has accompanied a resurgence of interest in the potential of urban agriculture and farming. Trying to come up with innovative ways to both promote and supply…

Back to School With Ramen

By Adam Liaw Noodle soups have been around in China for thousands of years, but they only became popular in Japan in the late 19th century, after a Sino-Japanese friendship treaty brought with it a wave of Chinese immigrants. Despite its relatively short history, Japanese ramen occupies a place in the country’s national cuisine that…

Earliest ever cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Japan’s prettiest national pastime of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, has got off to its earliest start ever. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced the beginning of cherry blossom, or ‘sakura,’ season over the weekend. The declaration came after the agency’s designated index tree at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine showed the first flowers in bloom on Saturday,…

Life at Japan from 1868-1926

by vintageeveryday in Photos Photographs of Japan from the Meiji and Taisho Periods (1868-1926) have captivated viewers around the world since they were first circulated. One photographer in particular captured Japanese life so beautifully that his work has been seen by countless people all across the globe. Until very recently, though, his name was virtually…

Having a rice bowl of whitebait and pink shrimps

Whitebaits and pink shrimps on a rice in a bowl with miso soup for ¥1,000

  Driving for a long hours could be stressful, but there are many so called Parking Areas on Japanese Expressways where you could relax for a coffee or have some light meal. To be honest, it wasn’t really a place to eat but that’s changing these days and the new facilities are serving better food…