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Eating Your Way Through Ueno’s Ameyoko—Best Street Foods

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Ameya Yokocho, almost always referred to simply as “Ameyoko”, is found in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo—Ueno! While Ueno may be best known for its famous Ueno Cultural Park and incredible museums, Ueno has its very own famous market street as well. It’s an area full of many different kinds of shops and spans 400 meters from Ueno station to Okachimachi station, which happens to be a neighboring station on the Yamanote Line. Although only a short 400 meters long, Ameyoko boasts around 400 shops! This concentration of shops in one area also brings a massive crowd of roughly 500,000 people preparing for New Year’s during the last days of the year (from December 29th to 31st). Ameyoko is full of great places to shop, fun things to look at, and the best part—amazing foods! This open-air market is known by many Japanese people as a good place to not only shop for inexpensive things, but also to “tabearuki”, or eat around. This means that many will go to Ameyoko just to eat several different food items! With many shops selling smaller portions of different foods, it’s possible to try countless different treats while you’re there! In this article we’re going to introduce you to some of the best places to go for eating your way around Ameyoko like a pro.

An Inside Look at the Newest and Biggest Pokémon Center with First Official Pokémon Café!

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As some may know, the biggest Pokémon Center in all of Japan has opened this spring in the Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi, a very Japanese neighborhood and historical center of Tokyo. The enormous Pokémon Center DX’s location is very convenient with it being located just a short walk from Tokyo station. Even better, it also holds nearly any Pokémon item you can imagine and uses some cutting-edge technology that everyone can enjoy! Pokémon is inarguably one of the most followed and renowned series in Japan—and the world! With fans in many age groups, this makes the Pokémon Center DX a great stop for almost everyone. Join us for a sneak peek inside!

[Movie] Love It or Hate It: How to Eat Japan's Infamous 'Natto'!

Other Japanese Food

You’ve heard of Japan’s most notorious superfood, a dish as polarizing as it is stinky: nattō. Objectively speaking, nattō simply is soybeans fermented with a special variety of the Bacillus subtilis bacteria and known for its unique smell and sticky, gooey texture. “Do you actually eat this?!” is a common reaction of people who are first presented with a bowl of nattō. Don’t dismiss the smelly beans so quickly, though! This traditional Japanese superfood has high nutritional value, said to protect against strokes and cardiac infarcts, and is known for helping with both diets and stress relief. It goes great with rice and is incredibly cheap, two reasons why so many Japanese are utterly in love with nattō. But where does it come from? Join us on a smelly, sticky adventure to discover all about Japan’s most mysterious soul food!

The Top 9 Things to Do in Odaiba (Daiba), Tokyo

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Odaiba, also called ‘Daiba’ for short, has become increasingly popular with foreign tourists. Originally built from reclaimed land in defense of Tokyo (then called Edo) in 1853, it has become a hotspot for both young people and those young at heart. There is shopping, a ferris wheel, otaku meccas, onsen and beautiful views--something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we will take you through the top 9 things to do in Odaiba to help you make the most out of your visit. From a visit to the symbolic Fuji TV station and character spots to a relaxing bay cruise, experience the best of Odaiba in one day... or more... whichever suits your fancy!

7 Tips on Shopping for Clothes in Japan

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Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest fashion hubs, with new trends emerging on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya constantly. So, if you are a fashionista, you are in luck. Whether you like the frilly skirts of kawaii culture or are more into the Shibuya 109 style, you can find plenty of one-of-a-kind items in Japan. Before you hit the shops, you need to know that shopping for clothes is a bit different here in Japan. But don’t worry—we’re here to help! Here are 7 tips and insights to shop for clothing in Japan.

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

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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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