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[MOVIE] Traditional Comedy in Japan - Kyogen

Shibuya Noh

I wasn’t much of a musical or drama fan while living in the States, but ever since coming to Japan, I can’t seem to get enough of Japanese performances and theater. Kabuki, which is frequently painted on Japanese souvenirs and known around the world, is one of the most popular Japanese theatrical performances. However, I did not know until recently that many kinds of plays have been present for hundreds of years in Japan. One of them is Kyogen (a type of Noh comedic performance). It has a history of over 600 years within Japanese tradition and even registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Fortunately, I was given the chance to see a Kyogen play at the Cerulean Tower Noh Theater in Shibuya. Cast: Manzo Nomura, Thane Camus, etc.

Recommended Even for Beginners: Tokyo's Four Most Stylish Sake Bars

Ginza Bars & Pubs

Sake, Japanese rice wine, has a rather dedicated fandom not only in Japan, but all over the world. A lot of people who have never tried it imagine sake sampling as a somewhat difficult endeavor, but in the last years, there have sprung up quite a lot of beginner-friendly sake bars all around Tokyo. We've chosen the four most stylish ones to make your sake experience a perfect one!

Ika, Uni, Ebi: 10 Japanese Must-Try Seafood Varieties

Seafood

Japan is famous for a lot of things, and seafood is definitely one of them. Surrounded by bountiful oceans in every direction, Japanese cuisine has brought forth amazing seafood creations, both modern and traditional. Sushi, while undoubtedly the famous one, is but one dish of many Japanese seafood specialties – but what exactly goes into these dishes? What do Japanese fishermen generally have in their nets and what tasty marine treats await on seafood restaurants’ menus all over Japan? Here are 10 Japanese must-try seafood varieties, for gourmets and beginners!

Wake Up with Bread: Tokyo's Very Best Hotel Breakfast Buffets

Tokyo Station Buffets

There's hardly anything better than waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread, which is precisely why we've skimmed Tokyo to find the very best, luxurious hotel breakfast buffet experience for you! Whether you like it sweet or savory, these hotels will let you kick back and relax over an amazing breakfast.

[MOVIE] How To Do Karaoke in Japan

Karaoke

Karaoke is one of Japan’s most beloved pastimes. On your next visit to Japan you’ll surely want to join in on the fun. You may have practiced your favorite song countless times in front of your bedroom mirror, but actually participating in karaoke in Japan can be a bit of a challenge. Even you don’t know a ‘kyokumei’ from a ‘kashumei,’ have no worries; we have all you need to navigate a karaoke box–you’ll be a pro in no time!

[MOVIE] Sightseeing Taxi: Tour Tokyo the Easy Way!

Odaiba Ride Around Japan

Tokyo is not always an easy city to visit, especially for first-timers. Even if the transportation system is known to be one of the best in the world, it usually takes some time to get used to it. And for those who already have a car license, driving in a foreign country can be a stressful experience. To make things smoother for travelers, I highly recommend a private car and a driver for a few hours, or a couple of days, and do sightseeing at your own pace.

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