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Visit Lida Sherafatmand’s Paintings at Shibuya Station

Getting lost in Shibuya station at some point or other is fairly inevitable, no matter how much time you’ve spent in Tokyo, but this March (5-11th) you can get lost in a different way: in the paintings that are going to be displayed there for visitors to admire. One of the artists involved is Lida …

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Travelling as Partners: How to Be Stronger Together

Teamwork can be a challenge. Even those who revel in it and find the most satisfaction in it can fail, come to blows, and end up walking away. This is true in sports, construction, design, even writing. When it works, however, it’s gratifying and makes the journey more fluid and less frightening. In travel, many …

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Kabukicho, Tokyo: The real-life Inspiration for Yakuza’s Kamurocho

What makes Sega’s Yakuza games the kings of the living, breathing open world? A pinch of love, a dash of passion, and the fascinating real-life counterpart Kabukicho. As has been mentioned previously by the greatest showman in games media, Jim Sterling, open worlds in this generation of video games have gotten bigger and bigger, sacrificing …

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Bookstores Around the World: @Wonder (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo’s Jimbocho district is renowned for its 300+ bookstores, each offering something unique and exciting. What sets @Wonder apart, however, is its alleyway entrance, bookended (pardon the pun) by near-endless shelves of second hand Japanese texts to peruse and admire, and the store’s attractive upstairs café. @Wonder is one of the newer bookstores in the …

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Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo

It was a little over a year ago that a fourth type of chocolate was created by a genius team of Swiss-Belgian chocolatiers. And Japan – ever the lover of gimmicky foods and eccentric flavours – has leapt on ruby chocolate like you wouldn’t believe. Earlier this year Japan began selling the ruby chocolate flavour …

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South Korean Must-See Films That Aren’t Oldboy

Some of the best films (certainly some of the best horror) have been coming out of South Korea for years now. With so many places you could start, how do you know you’ll jump in on the right note for you? Oldboy and The Vengeance Trilogy are often people’s introduction to South Korean cinema and …

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Interview: Oh Kimono | Modern Kimono Fashion

For a long time now, I’ve had a passion for unique and elegant fashion pieces. In the past that meant having a wardrobe full of vintage pieces that I’d pair with high street finds, but these days my priorities have changed somewhat. Thrift store or vintage store shopping has never been a particularly popular choice …

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Pixar’s Bao: Discussed and Deconstructed

What is Pixar’s Bao? Pixar’s first female-directed short film, Bao, hit cinemas recently, tugging at the heartstrings of viewers worldwide before Incredibles II started to play. The latest in Pixar’s now famous shorts has quickly become a favourite for many, especially among those whom it spoke to the loudest: Asian immigrants to the West. But …

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Seoul Queer Festival: Pride in the Face of Adversity

Two years ago, I was walking through Tokyo’s Shinjuku district when I was slapped across the face by a thousand rainbows. The Pride parade was in full force, singing and dancing and owning its vibe with, well, pride. To contrast this, the lead up to the Seoul Queer Festival has been marred with pre-emptive protests …

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Plea de Blanc Hotel: The Ex-Housewife from Korea who Beat the Bullies

Tony is a Korean-born US citizen. His mother recently moved back to Korea after living for 18 years in America. This is the inspiring story of how she has found a way to flourish in the new and frantic business world of South Korea with her beautiful hotel Plea de Blanc, told in Tony’s own …

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