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Add Some Zen (And Kawaii) To Your Life With These 10 Items From Japan!

Ikebukuro Household Goods Stores

Tokyu Hands is the place to go for made in Japan products that add just the right touch to your home and everyday lifestyle. Tokyu Hands is a DIY home improvement retailer located near hub train stations like Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. There are even a few overseas locations as well. Each floor is chartered by genre and as you explore you can’t help but get excited as your eyes dart from item to item. Tokyu Hands’ motto is “hints for everyday living,” and the items found at the store add a bit a joy to your daily routine while being practical and functional. Let’s take a look at 10 items found at Tokyo Hands that are sure to find their way into your suitcase as souvenirs.

Inside Japan's Maid Cafés: Our Unique Experience at Classic Maid Café Mai:lish! (Video)

Akihabara Other Cafes and Sweets

Come join Live Japan with me as we visit Café Mai:lish, a small and homely maid café located on the outskirts of Akihabara, about 8 minutes from JR Akihabara Station and 3 minutes from Suehirocho Station.

Kamakura Hotels: 3 Comfortable Guest Houses for Every Budget!

Kamakura Youth Hostels

Kamakura and its Giant Buddha and scenic traditional townscape is a popular sightseeing spot with convenient, quick access from Tokyo. It makes for an excellent day trip, but if you really want to discover everything that Kamakura has to offer, you’ll have to stay the night. What might put a lot of people off as unnecessarily expensive at first can actually be a reasonable, fun way to enhance your trip! We found Kamakura’s 3 best little-known guest houses that are fit for every budget.

Ushiku Daibutsu Guide: Visiting The World's Tallest Buddha in Ibaraki

Ibaraki Suburbs Landmarks

In the world of Japanese architecture, attention and praise is most often given to those with the longest history; and understandably so. Buildings such as Horyu-ji; the oldest wooden structure in the world, and Kinkaku-ji; the stunning golden temple of Kyoto, are just as much works of art as they are functional spaces. Though often overlooked by visitors and native Japanese alike, a more modern architectural marvel, the Ushiku Daibutsu in Ibaraki, is the Guinness Book world record holder for the tallest bronze Buddha statue in the world. At 120 meters high, it is three times taller than the Statue of Liberty, and ranked as the fourth tallest statue in the world. For those wanting to add something both incredible and off the beaten path to their Japan itinerary, give the Ushiku Daibutsu a closer look.

Guide to Japanese Cooking Terms: Vocabulary related to all sorts of cooking - from aburi to nama!

Tokyo Station

Washoku [Japanese food] is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural property, and is a Japanese cuisine that attracts attention from around the world. Whether you're on a trip, or at a place meeting with colleagues or friends, there are plenty of opportunities for eating. For that reason we have selected some basic Japanese vocabulary that is commonly used for Japanese cuisine and at eating establishments. We will introduce useful words that you should know, such as for seasonal foods, cooking methods, and sushi shop terminology.

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