3 Jun | Denise Aoki |No Comments

5 Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Bring Japan to You

Even in the middle of these confusing times, life still goes on and Father’s Day is almost upon us! If you are wondering what to buy for the most important man in your life on this special day, we’ve prepared 5 Father’s Day gift ideas to help you in this task. 1. Nousaku beer cup ...

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30 Mar | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

A Taste of Okinawa to Bring Home

Okinawa, with its turquoise seas and white sand beaches, touches the heart of anyone who visits. Whether you’re strolling down Kokusai Dori or you’re dipping your feet in the seas of Ishigaki, you want to take a slice of the Okinawan lifestyle back to reality. While Kariyushi (Okinawan aloha shirts) and island made jewelry are lovely baubles, I have found that the best way to show those back home how wonderful a culture is, is to bring back a little taste of their local delicacies…

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5 Mar | Norma |No Comments

Sugamo, The Local Food and Culture Adventure For Everyone

My experience taking Arigato Japan’s Food, Culture and Calligraphy Tour in Sugamo felt like a breath of fresh air. After living in Tokyo for almost five years, it is always fun to get to know places that still have that local feeling. Read more about our Sugamo Foodie adventures…

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21 Feb | Sneha Nagesh |No Comments

Yatsuhashi – Kyoto’s Famous Sweet Souvenir

Kyoto has innumerable souvenirs to choose from. Yet, one souvenir continues to outrank the rest. Yatsuhashi is one of the most popular souvenirs from Kyoto. Some studies have shown that over 40% of the tourists visiting Kyoto, Japanese or otherwise, take yatsuhashi back with them as a souvenir for their loved ones.

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9 Jan | Yutaka |No Comments

The Handkerchief, a Western Import Beloved by the Japanese

Like many things imported from the West, the Japanese have embraced, improved on and made handkerchiefs an indispensable part of their everyday life. In fact, Japan is now the number one market for handkerchiefs in the world and Japanese-made handkerchiefs are renown for their quality and exquisite designs.

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20 Dec | Michelle Lam |No Comments

Fun Christmas Gifs From Japan

Looking for fresh, unique gift ideas this Christmas? Japan has weird and wonderful gifts galore for foodies and hoarders. From fish sandals to Pocky collections, here are just a couple of recommendations…

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24 Sep | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Top 10 Tokyo Souvenirs to Bring for Your Friends Back Home

Tokyo is an amazing, busy, exciting and fun place to visit. Don’t forget to get your friends/family/significant other Something from your trip! Let’s go through the Top 10 suggestions I have after living in Tokyo for a year.

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23 Sep | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Okiniawa’s Centuries Old Pottery Alley

Shops are overflowing with hand-made treasures in a myriad of colours that encapsulate island life. Many of the pieces I saw were a blue that was reminiscent of the tropical seas of the region, and can only have taken inspiration from the surroundings.

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29 Jul | Chris Hagebak |No Comments

How to Purchase and Use a Goshuincho

If you plan to visit some of the many beautiful shrines and temples of Japan, consider getting a goshuincho. Collecting goshuin (passport stamps) creates a remarkable personal souvenir of your visit.

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17 Jun | Tina |No Comments

All about Japanese Knives

Knives. One of the top selling souvenirs people want from Japan. Japanese made knives come from a long history of sword making passed down generation to generation. These knives are skillfully handcrafted, beautiful, and highly specialized.

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In March we visited this amazing tea farm in Gotemba, Shizuoka. Such an inspiring experience. We can’t wait to share with our future guests when It is safe to travel again! Tea is a fascinating beverage with a long and delicious history in Japan! You can start to learn more about it with us on our online teatime experience (link in bio) #greentea #explorejapan #flavorsofjapan ...

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Expertly grilled salmon, rice and miso soup a perfect breakfast when exploring the Tsukiji neighborhood market! Restaurant and market stalls are open and maintaining social distance guidance so if you are in Tokyo head over to explore and support these family run businesses and if you are planning your future trip to Japan join us on our family friendly Tsukiji breakfast tour #tsukiji #foodtour #foodtourweek @loopsieapp #loopsie #3dphoto #dazz #loopsie3D ...

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The town of Fushimi just outside of Of central Kyoto has over 400 years of delicious sake brewing history (Japanese rice wine) on our Sake tour you can taste many different styles and types from various local breweries, learn about sake pairings, and enjoy a seasonal lunch! It’s an amazing way to spend an afternoon during your time in Kyoto. Taking bookings now for autumn, winter and the 2021 season! #sake #nihonshu #fushimi #kyoto ...

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Our team is so grateful every day to the heroes around us... This has been a tough period for everyone and especially for people on the frontlines, fighting and putting themselves in the path of this horrible virus every single day. Risking their own lives to save others. Hospital Heroes, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, transporters, and all the others are the strongest and most beautiful people in this world, we owe YOU so much. Thanks to you, the world will recover from COVID19 little by little. To show how much we are thankful, at Arigato Japan, we'd like to offer free online experiences with our local hosts in Japan, to all the frontliners wherever you are in the world. Unfortunately, we can't meet and hold you in our arms but we can help you teleport to Japan for one hour! Take a virtual trip to Tokyo to relax and forget about the stress in the world for a while, and feel like you're actually in Japan. Feel free to contact us by email (info@arigatojapan.co.jp) or DM, and we would be more than happy to arrange something for you and your team. THANK YOU ❤️ you can checkout the online tours in the link in our bio! #frontlineworkers #essentialworkers #coronavirus #foodtourz ...

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