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[MOVIE] From Tuna to Sushi: Visiting the Tuna Cutting Show in Tokyo's Tsukiji Market

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The tuna cutting show is an event performed right in front of your eyes. An entire gigantic tuna is cut into parts such as otoro, known in English as fatty tuna, and chu-toro, semi-fatty tuna which is the delicious part that ends up as sushi on your plate. The fish used in the cutting show is freshly delivered, freshly cut, and freshly prepared. The fish isn't frozen once from the time it is caught until the moment it is ready to be eaten as sushi or sashimi. Savoring raw tuna at its freshest is a delight, especially after having witnessed how the massive fish is cut and prepared. A gourmet event such as this one is rare to come by, even for Japanese standards – so let’s take a closer look.

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!

10 Things in Akihabara That will even Amaze Otaku


Located in Tokyo, Akihabara is considered a prime destination for otaku (anime culture enthusiasts) and casual tourists alike. Known also by its nicknames “Akiba” and “Electric Town,” Akihabara is a truly unique district with an atmosphere and character all its own, beloved throughout the world for its large selection of electronics, games, and anime-related culture. We at LIVE JAPAN must admit that we are quite the otaku ourselves! As avid gamers and anime fans, we were certainly no strangers to Akihabara culture. However, there are some things about Akiba that never cease to amaze, no matter how many times we visit. From exciting game centers to kawaii maid cafes, let’s take a look at ten things in Akihabara that you have to see to believe!

Perfect for a Classy Evening: The Three Best Bars with the Authentic Ginza Feel

Ginza Bars & Pubs

A bar dipped in warm light, the sound of a cocktail shaker in the background, and a nice glass of delicious whisky in your hand - this is the general image that pops into people's mind when talking about "going out in Ginza". For decades, the area has had a reputation for being upscale and classy, the perfect place to go to enjoy good spirits as well as laid-back conversations on a high level. We've found the three bars that represent this image best.

[MOVIE] How To Do Karaoke in Japan


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] DRUM TAO’S MANGEKYO – a Kaleidoscope of Taiko Drums

Shinagawa Shows

Japan’s traditional drums, taiko, conquered video games, modern pop music, and stages all over the world alike. Ranging from small to so big that they tower over whoever plays them, taiko drums have held an important place in Japanese culture ever since the 6th century. One group, however, has taken the traditional art of taiko drumming and adapted it to the global style of the 21st century in the most fascinating fashion imaginable. Meet DRUM TAO and their Martial Art of Drumming!

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