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The Next Stage of Gaming: Our In-Depth Report from the 2018 Tokyo Game Show!

Chiba Suburbs Other Entertainment

Organized by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) and Nikkei Business Publications Inc., the Tokyo Game Show first debuted in 1996 and was held twice a year, back when Japan was once the video game capital of the world. After America stole that title in 2002, the TGS has since been an annual event every September, bringing the growing Asian gaming community closer together, while still showing off some upcoming Western titles. Following sluggish numbers due to the global recession in 2007, the Tokyo Game Show has continued to expand and break their own records each year. 2018 saw 668 companies and organizations (609 last year) presenting a total of 1,568 game titles from across 41 different countries and regions.

Ginza Shop Specializing in Banana Juice is Huge on Social Media Now!

Ginza Other Restaurants

This sister shop of Banana Juice Corridor Street Shop, which specializes in banana juice, opened in the Ginza Corridor-gai in September 2017 and is one everyone is talking about. This shop, just like the Higashi Ginza one, does not open for business if the bananas are not ripe and also has a strong core of fans. Whether you work in the Ginza district or are just passing through, why not stop by here for a refreshing break?

Purikura: Change Yourself Up with Photo Booth Fun!


You simply cannot take a trip to Japan without trying one of the mega-popular sticker photo booths known as purikura! For just a few hundred yen and a few minutes, you can take home a souvenir that is as fun to make as it is to share. Purikura isn’t just about the final photos, but about the experience and fun of posing and decoration. This is not your average photo booth! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to the purikura area of the Taito Station game center in Shinjuku to try purikura for ourselves and to take you through the process step by step!

Cute & Convenient: The 6 Must-Buy Suitcases at Shibuya Loft!

Shibuya Other Shopping

Shibuya Loft is a prime spot for all things souvenirs, accessories, stationery, living goods...pretty much anything, actually! Among the colorful and diverse selection of goodies, Loft has a surprisingly rich selection of high-quality suitcases from both Japanese and international brands. We’ve asked the staff to show us the absolute must-have suitcases and travel bags of 6 Japanese brands! Estimated size (by Loft) 30-40L: 1-3 nights (carry-on size) 45-60L: 3-4 nights 60-74L: about 5 days 75-84L: about 1 week 85-95L: 1 week to 10 days Over 95L: long trips, such as studying abroad etc.

Culture Walk with Morita-san: Understanding the Complex Bond Between Nature, Deities, and Japanese People in Chichibu

Saitama Suburbs Forests & Mountains

Meet Tetsu Morita: he has worked several years for the French tire company Michelin before combing every nook and cranny of Japan to create the Michelin Green Guide Japan. He knows the country like the back of his hand – and all of its many secret spots that are incredibly fascinating, yet often overlooked by sightseers. It’s the second time that Morita-san takes us along on a culture walk and this time, he’s joined by Pamela, a German-born editor at LIVE JAPAN. The destination is Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. The town is famous for the Chichibu Night Festival, a stunning event that has been registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. But what other things are there to discover in and around Chichibu?

Save with The Greater Tokyo Pass: Discover More with Unlimited Train and Bus Rides for 3 Days!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Sightseeing

Tokyo boasts a wonderfully efficient public transport system that takes you to every sight you want to see! However, this system is made up by numerous companies that all require different tickets – sometimes, a train company even changes halfway. As convenient as Tokyo’s trains and buses are, they can get terribly confusing at times. This is especially painful if you plan on getting around a lot to discover different areas. In that case, the Greater Tokyo Pass offers you hassle-free sightseeing with unlimited rides for buses and trains in the Kanto area – starting this spring!

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