Everything seems to be about tourism these days -- and how to cash in on the boom. This has led to foreign-language-speaking staff and tax-free counters at major stores in Tokyo. We reported ...
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After already breaking records for inbound tourism last year, the government hopes to double the number to 40 million by 2020. So far this year, more than 10 million non-Japanese visitors have ...
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One of Tokyo's most iconic railway stations is set to lose its beloved exterior and poky atmosphere. JR East plans to overhaul JR Harajuku Station with a new, larger station building and major ...
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This article by Tiffany first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo. Golden Week refers to a cluster of holidays from late April to early May: Showa Day (April 29), referring to the previous emperor’s ...
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A must-have for board game enthusiasts and fans of Japanese crafts
Capsule hotels are one of the most iconic things about Japan but are an increasingly rare breed now since their old business model started to be undercut by all-night internet cafes. They are also ...
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Opening March 5th, BnA hotel Koenji is "a project that turns the entire creative city of Koenji into an art hotel." Bed & Art Project's new facility is self-proclaimed as the "wackiest new ...
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If you want to see art in Tokyo, you can check out the city's near endless supply of events and spaces, such as the upcoming art fair to be held at Park Hotel Tokyo. Or you can go ...
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Yanagawa City in Fukuoka Prefecture has created Sagemon Girls, its new promotional video featuring over 1,000 performers. The formidable number of extras is the highest ever for such a marketing ...
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These "ear pets" are mini dogs that come in two halves: one for each ear!
The cheap yen has helped inbound tourism in Japan sour and nearly 20 million visitors came to Japan last year. Most are Asian, especially Chinese, and while they do come here to sightsee and eat the ...
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Ginza Mitsukoshi has opened the first airport-style duty-free store in Japan. The only place in Japan that has previously been allowed to host such retail facilities outside of airports is Okinawa, ...
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Occupying ground somewhere between design and urban anthropology, Tokyo Totem, A Guide to Tokyo is a newly released guidebook about Japan's capital city and ever-inspiring whirlpool of images and ...
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet is Japan's first ever domestic passenger jet and the first aircraft debuted by a Japanese manufacturer in decades. Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the new plane ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
The gentrification of east Tokyo continues with the opening of Bunka Hostel Tokyo in December. As we have already seen with the likes of hostel and "bar lounge" Nui and dining hub Mirror, the old ...
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Every region in Japan needs to promote itself. Some push their meibutsu: regional merchandise and food. Others use yuru-kyara mascot characters, such as Kumamoto's Kumamon. Still others create art ...
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To speed up service for customers from overseas, Shibuya 109 and 109 Men's have introduced a new duty-free POS system called RefundPro. While the hike in the sales tax from 5% to 8% affected ...
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