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Tokyo Midtown Hibiya: Upscale shopping at the Emperor’s front door

April 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Tokyo’s Hibiya district is known mostly for its namesake park right next to the Imperial Palace grounds, and being home to many Japanese government offices as well as corporations. If you want to shop, then you’d just need to wander a bit east into the Ginza and Yurakucho areas… But this is 2018, and who’s […]

Tokyo Java: Why Are Indie Coffee Shops Opening All Over The Metropolis?

April 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

We’ll forgive you for thinking Japan was all about the green tea if you’ve never been here before. Of course we pride ourselves on having over a hundred varieties of o-cha you can drink, and the image of a kimono-clad stern performer of tea ceremony is forever burned into our memory banks of what iconography […]

8 Most Unique and Fun Themed Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo

February 26, 2018 by Justin Hanus

If you think it’s only in anime, manga, tv shows and movies that Japan can be unique and creative, think again. Their culture whether in the ancient times or today has been the most colorful and out of the box. It reflects in all aspects of their lives no matter where they are. There’s always […]

Hato’s Bar – Great BBQ in Tokyo!

February 9, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

A few years ago, my buddy says to me, “Hey let’s go to this little barbecue place I know about in Naka Meguro.” “Ok”, I replied. “I’m in the mood for some yakiniku (Korean BBQ) anyway.” My friend corrected me, “No no no… We’re talking baby-back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and mac ‘n cheese.” “Whaaaaaaaaa??!” […]

Best Cafes to Work from in Central Tokyo

January 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Here in Japan, the image of the hardworking, tie-and-collar, briefcase toting salaryman is still alive and well; my daily commute aboard some of Tokyo’s most notoriously crowded trains is chocked full of them (including myself I suppose.) But just as in the rest of the developed world, the place where work is getting done is […]

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