5 Jul | Lauren Shannon |No Comments

Tokyo Disney Resorts: SNACKS Are Back

One of the coolest differences in Disney parks around the world is all the special foods only available in those locations. In Tokyo Disney resorts there are SO MANY delicious and specialized foods. Of course, everything is super cute and tasty. You need to go and try them all…

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3 Jun | Denise Aoki |No Comments

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

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.

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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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