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Hop On the Sky Bus and Explore Tokyo From Up Above!

Tokyo Station Adventure Activities

Tokyo is huge and if you explored the city entirely on foot, you’d likely ruin your feet in the process. A much more comfortable and unique way to sightsee your way through all major landmarks is to hop on a sightseeing bus! Especially fun is the two-story Sky Bus offers routes along Tokyo’s prime sights while providing an audio guide in English, Chinese, and Korean. From the open deck on the second floor, you’ll have an excellent view of the surroundings! Today, we’ll take a closer look at Sky Bus’ “Tokyo Tower & Rainbow Bridge Course,” taking you through Tsukiji and over said Rainbow Bridge. There are many sights on the route, so let’s check them out!

The Latest Matcha Desserts From 7-Eleven!

Other Cafes and Sweets

Matcha—Japanese powdered green tea—is now known all over the world. Convenience stores and supermarkets across Japan are stocked with an assortment of green desserts. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Marukyu-Koyamaen, one of Japan’s oldest tea farms, to bring you desserts with an authentic matcha taste! The forefathers of Marukyu-Koyamaen established the tradition of uji matcha cultivation 300 years ago in Kyoto. Since then, Marukyu-Koyamaen has been associated with the finest tea in Japan. We enlisted the help of Ami and Anna, two university students in Tokyo, to give us their opinions on these matcha sweets from 7-Eleven!

The History of the Japanese School Uniform: a Symbol of Freedom, Rebellion, and Fashion

What image pops into your head if you hear the word “uniform?” Its purpose seems clear: creating a group by making everyone’s appearance the same. However, seeing Japanese high school kids in blazers and skirts doesn't quite seem to fit this image. The reason for that lies deep within the history of the Japanese uniform itself. Except for certain times, the school uniform has always been a symbol of freedom, reflecting the wearer’s will and wishes. In any case, Japan’s school uniforms are a one-of-a-kind phenomenon that has risen to become a cultural symbol, recognized by people from all around the world. But how did the uniform become such a cultural icon? Let’s take a look at its history, from the early beginnings to its modern status.

Get it at Tokyu Hands! Top 10 Kitchen Goods that are Cute, Creative, and Convenient!

Ikebukuro Department Stores

Tokyu Hands is a department store chain that is filled with cute, creative, and convenient goodies, from arts and crafts supplies to living goods, stationery, beauty products, and so much more! It’s pretty much impossible to go into Tokyu Hands and come out empty-handed, no pun intended. The chain cannot only be found at all of Tokyo’s major stations, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo, but also all around Japan and even abroad. The shop has the colorful mission to make our daily lives not only more enjoyable but also more convenient in every aspect. This time, we met the shop’s staff in the kitchen department who showed us the 10-must have kitchen goodies!

Japan’s Traditional Footwear

There's a lot to admire about traditional Japanese clothing: exquisite kimono, colorful yukata, boldly designed happi, and simple, but dignified hakama are all celebrated garments originating from Japan. However there is one area of classic Japanese fashion that sometimes goes overlooked: traditional footwear!

[MOVIE] Learn, Make, and Eat with the Tokyo Sushi-Making Class!

Shibamata / Kita-Senju / Kameari Culture Experience

The LIVE JAPAN team recently had the chance to participate in a sushi making experience! During this small group lesson offered by Tokyo Sushi-Making Tour, we learned the history and customs surrounding Japan’s world-famous raw fish and rice cuisine, before rolling up our sleeves and making real sushi for ourselves! Best of all, we could eat all the sushi we made–and there was plenty!

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