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Souvenir Hunt in Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department Store: Sweets and Desserts that are Both Tasty and Fancy!

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s three main areas and boasts the second-busiest station in the entire world. Located in the northwest of Tokyo, both locals and commuters love the town filled with shopping opportunities, gourmet experiences, and entertainment options of all kinds! Among them is Tobu Department Store, a massive shopping complex directly connected to Ikebukuro Station. With its convenient access, the department store offers all sorts of only-in-Japan goods and products, especially when it comes to souvenirs. Let’s take a look at all the tasty sweet things and desserts Tobu Department Store has to offer, to surprise loved ones at home who have a particularly sweet tooth or to just treat yourself!

T-CAT, the Tokyo City Air Terminal: Easy and Convenient Access to Narita and Haneda Airport

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The Tokyo City Air Terminal, called T-CAT for short, is the main bus terminal for Tokyo’s Airport Limousine buses that connect both Haneda and Narita Airport to Central Tokyo. This convenient gateway is directly located at Suitengumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and just recently reopened after a period of renovation and renewal. LIVE JAPAN was invited to the grand reopening event and took a look at the all-new Tokyo City Air Terminal and its many convenient, tourist-friendly features!

“Okini!” 51 Ways to Say Thank You in Japan

Even if you don't know much Japanese, you probably know how to say "thank you" at least. Almost everyone with an interest in Japan is likely to have picked up arigatō, the standard word for “thank you,” universally understood throughout the country. Others might even be familiar with the colloquial “domo” and the formal “arigatō gozaimashita.” However, Japan’s 47 different prefectures are a treasure trove of local dialects, rich in unique and fun phrases that sometimes sound similar, sometimes seem to come from an entirely different language! If you want to travel Japan like a local, why don’t you say “Thank you!” in the regional dialect and surprise people with a bit of local culture? Let’s take a look at the many ways to say “Thank you!” in Japan! ※Keep in mind that this list isn’t a complete list of every single phrase or word, as prefectures often have more than one dialect, while others simply use the Japanese standard of “arigatō.”

Tokyo’s Top Hotel Chains: Quality Rooms That Won't Bust Your Budget!


Business hotels are known for their reasonable prices, excellent access, and good service. Many visitors to Tokyo choose to stay at such hotels to save their budget for food and sightseeing. Even though weekends and holidays may cause spiking prices, booking at the right time will result in big discounts and unbelievably low prices, even right in the heart of Tokyo. To make navigating Japan’s business hotels easier, we have compiled the major chains that can be found all across the country and listed their features, pros, and prices.

Survival Japanese: Numbers

Learning to count in Japanese is as simple as “ichi, ni, san”! If you know how to say the basic numbers in Japanese you will have a much easier time doing various things in Japan such as shopping, visiting restaurants, and reserving a karaoke room! Use this handy number reference guide whenever you are in Japan.

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

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Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

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