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Top 10 Beautiful And Obscure Tokyo Bookstores

With captivating cultural, historical and literary stories to tell, touch down in one of these ten Tokyo bookstores and let your inquisitive spirit run free.  The birthplace of the now world-famous contemporary Japanese literature, Tokyo is filled with library-style hotels, writers’ bars, and commuter trains jam-packed with keen readers.  It’s no surprise, then, to discover …

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5 Shibuya Ramen Joints Worth the Hype

All the famous Japanese ramen franchises have a Shibuya store – Oreyu, Ippudo, Ichiran, Menya Musashi, Afuri, and just a cornucopia of deliciousness. While you can find these great ramens elsewhere too, here are some more or less one-of-a-kind Shibuya ramen joints to both satisfy your ramen hunger and thirst for new experiences. 5 Unique …

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21 Unique Things to Do in Tokyo (2020)

Tokyo, more than a city, is a metropolis; an overwhelming landscape that’s home to the world’s finest cuisine, quirkiest districts, kindest people and most ambitious art and architecture. It’s a city that inspires visitors to be adventurous and to discover its strangest secrets; it’s also a city that cannot be conquered, which makes it all …

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12 Japanese Novels & Books to Read Before Visiting Japan

Before you travel to any new country, you should know a little about its history, food, art, language, and customs. Japan’s literature and culture are so rich and the best way to learn more is to tuck into a few Japanese novels by some of the best Japanese authors, as well as some fantastic travel …

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Review: The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman

If you love Japanese history, landscape or simply just in love with Tokyo then this enlightening book is a must-read. A lot of us who devour media like things to be put in brackets: as a music-lover, I need to know what sub-genre of heavy metal an album comfortably sits in before I hear it. …

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Explore Jimbocho — Tokyo’s Booktown (+video)

Discover Japan’s Love of Literature in Jimbocho If you’re a fan of books and travel, and you find yourself in Tokyo then look no further. Jimbocho (神田古書店街) in the heart of Tokyo is a bookworm’s paradise with over 200 book stores to choose from that serve both Japanese and English readers.  The range of books …

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7 Great Tokyo Tattoo Artists and Studios to Check Out

The beloved and deeply historical world of Japanese tattoo is in perpetual danger today, as Japanese tattoo artists fight for their right to live and work in Japan. And yet, Tokyo tattoo artists continue to survive against adversity. The Japanese government unfortunately turns a wary eye on tattooing, with its deep associations with the yakuza …

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10 Must-Try Popular Japanese Food & Meals

One of the most diverse and impressive aspects of Japanese culture is the nation’s cuisine. From home-grown dishes like sushi and sashimi to foreign-influences meals like curry and tempura, there is so much wonderful and popular Japanese food to try. It’s no wonder Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than even cities like Paris, London, …

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Common Japanese Phrases You Should Know

The Japanese language is very distinct from English, most notably in its grammar. To give an example, a sentence like “I eat rice without chopsticks” would be ordered grammatically in Japanese like “chopsticks without I rice eat”. However, this difference doesn’t make travelling across Japan impossible without being fluent. A few basic Japanese phrases can …

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5 Days in Tokyo (The Essential Japan Itinerary)

Japan City Guide: How to Spend 5 Days in Tokyo From the moment you master the sprawling train network that governs this city, the vast metropolis of Tokyo starts to unfurl before you. This is the city where you’ll find ancient shrines just moments away from drip coffee stores and boutiques, where women in kimono …

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