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JAPAN LOCAL's guide to Shibuya, Tokyo
On the surface Shibuya is a neon-bathed urban hub, with swarms of high-schoolers and business people flocking to mega department stores, multi-stor...
Furniture line for cats reflects quirky passion of Japanese craftsmen
The first time I heard about cat furniture, I was puzzled. Expecting feline-themed textiles catering to crazy cat ladies, as I researched I discove...
The Japanese fortune-telling that uses mold to predict your future
Whether 2017 was a fantastic year or not, we’re all likely curious about our fortunes for 2018. While I'm an editor/writer, I also have a deep inte...
Instragrammer captures a forgotten, real Tokyo
Nowadays we see Tokyo through the social-media lens of what's "likeable," whimsical or quirky, whether it's the controlled chaos of the Robot Resta...
Mt. Fuji photographer lives to capture the mountain that changed his life
We often experience life-changing events when we least expect it.Mt. Fuji photographer Ryo Naruse says he used to be an "ordinary salaryman." It wa...
Campy signs you may encounter when you visit Iwate in Japan
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, Japan has reached 20 million oversea visitors in 2017, and we’re two years away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics...
Future of Airbnb in Japan: Growth and navigating through murky residence lodging laws
Last year the Japanese parliament passed a law giving an official green light to Airbnb’s business model, albeit with restrictions. Taking effect t...
Man drops out of college, now run his own strawberry farm at 25
When thinking of farmers, typically you’d imagine someone older, weathered from long days spent baking in the sun, and with a stiff, salt-and-peppe...
Above Hokkaido’s Sea of Clouds you never get the same view twice
In the Instagram age it seems there's no new selfie under the sun. But climb a gondola 3500 feet from the base of Tomamu mountain and you have a ch...
Obi, a castle town where tradition, modernity and art meet
Standing at the batter’s box overlooking the field, I see stone walls of an old feudal-era castle on the other side, along with a historic-looking ...
Forget coin lockers: Store luggage in a cafe while sightseeing in Japan with ecbo cloak
There's nothing more stressful than going sightseeing with a giant piece of luggage in hand.It's slightly more tolerable when you're in an area tha...