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Don’t Leave Japan Without Buying These 10 Items At Daiso Harajuku

Harajuku 100 Yen Shops

Daiso, Japan’s largest chain of 100 yen shops, boasts more than 3,150 locations throughout the country. Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores aside, there’s no other retailer that has as many stores. Part of its allure lies in the fun you have choosing what to buy, and the excitement at seeing something sold at an unbeatable price. You’ll find a wide range of unique items at Daiso, and they’re all only 100 yen! “Affordable, useful, fun”—that’s what shopping at Daiso is all about. Daiso has retail locations in 26 countries, but there’s no mistaking the sheer amount of goods you’ll find at a Daiso in Japan. There’s plenty of “Japanesque” trinkets and multi-purpose items that make ideal souvenirs. It’s no wonder that Daiso is the to-go place for travelers. No matter how full your Japan itinerary maybe, there's always time for Daiso! Let’s take a look at the top 10 selling items at Daiso Harajuku that you should pick up before you leave Japan.

Authentic and Unique: Why Japanese Whisky is an International Success

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There are quite a lot of things from Japan that are internationally acclaimed and sought after – and in recent years, whisky has become one of them. In fact, Japanese whisky brands even managed to win a lot of international awards. Even the Japanese youth has started drinking whisky as one of their preferred drinks, be it mixed with soda as a highball, or mixed with ginger ale or coca cola for a long drink. Whisky is becoming a national beverage! I also like the highball – it goes great with pretty much any kind of meal, right?

[MOVIE] A Japanese Drum Experience at TAIKO-LAB

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Have you always wanted to learn a traditional Japanese instrument? How about one that makes you exercise in the process? If the deep sound and rhythms of the traditional Japanese taiko drums have always spoken to you, why not try your hand at taiko drumming with a dynamic class? As I learned at TAIKO-LAB in Aoyama, taiko is more than just making sound; it’s about feeling the rhythm through your entire being!

Careful! Things You "Can" and "Can't" Take Out of Japan

Almost all countries in the world have a variety of import and export regulations. Naturally Japan is no exception. In order to prevent crime and the inflow and spread of pathogens, inspections are conducted at Customs when entering and leaving the country. Most people are aware that they will be screened at Customs when entering a country, but declarations are also required when leaving a country. There is a Customs procedure counter before passing through the security check and receiving the departure inspection. One needs to be careful not to arbitrarily take items prohibited by law outside of Japan for fear of punishment. Saying "I didn't know" is not an acceptable excuse.

[MOVIE] Visiting a Japanese Shinto Shrine – Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step!

Ueno Shrines

Shinto shrines, called “jinja” in Japanese, haven’t only played an important role throughout Japan’s history but also are an inherent part of daily life even today. Pass through the torii, a large gate that marks the entrance to every such shrine, and pray before the main hall to ask the kami (Shinto deities) for a wish and their blessing. For Japanese people, this routine comes natural and innumerable people go to a shrine for occasions such as New Year’s and various festivals and holidays throughout the year. For tourists, visiting a Shinto shrine is a unique experience that allows for a brief but fascinating glimpse into Japan’s rich history and traditions. As such, it’s on the list of pretty much anyone coming to Japan – but how to do it? Generally, it is said that there are no strict rules when it comes to praying at a Shinto shrine and everyone seems to do it just a little differently. Regional customs are also common, and the way of praying can differ by shrine as well. However, there are general worship practices and etiquettes, a routine that works for every shrine you plan on visiting. Even Japanese people are often not sure about it: “Is this the right way?” and “Did I do it wrong, maybe?” are thoughts that seem to pop up during or after worshiping rather often. To make your experience a pleasant one without insecurities, let’s go over the general rules of praying at a Shinto shrine. For this article, we visited the beautiful Nezu Shrine in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward.

Tokyo's Top 25 Landmarks on Instagram!

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Tokyo is a massive metropolis with much to see and to discover. Before heading to Asia’s most exciting destination, it would be nice to know which places are the most popular according to, well, everyone who visits and snaps a picture. With Japan aiming at 40 million tourists by 2020, more and more visitors are searching for the best spot for sushi, that incredible place to see the night view—that perfect spot for that perfect selfie. Some of these areas are very famous, while others might be relatively unknown, especially to foreigners, but Instagram gave us the opportunity to collect data in such a way that you can know for sure what the majority of the people who spend (or spent) time in Tokyo think are worth sharing with the world and other potential visitors. So, let’s dive into the Top 25 landmarks in Tokyo on Instagram!

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