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Spending Wonderful Time Alone in Shibuya - Free Cosmetics and a Hundred-Yen Bus!

Shibuya Art Museums

Shibuya is known as Tokyo's hot spot for fun and modern youth culture, a must-visit for everyone who comes to - or lives in - Tokyo. It's a wonderful place to explore as a group but just as great to enjoy all by yourself, with lots and lots of options to have an amazing time. Let's look at some of Shibuya's highlights for solo travelers!

7 Stylish English-Speaking Hair Salons in Tokyo

Roppongi Beauty

In the stylish city of Tokyo, fashion icons gather from all over the world on the lookout for the latest trends. Hair salons, especially, are catering to this increasingly global audience, and more and more are offering their services in English (as well as free Wi-Fi). Let us introduce you to the most popular and foreigner-friendly English speaking hair salons in Tokyo.

Discovering Shinto: The Meaning behind Osaisen, the Monetary Offering at Shrines

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One of the many traditions of Old Japan that made their way into this modern time is osaisen, the custom of making a monetary offering to a deity, called a kami, at a <@Shinto shrine|a=article:a0000329?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@>. People who have a big wish that they want to see fulfilled, such as getting married within the year, or <@changing their job|a=article:a0000956?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@>, don’t they rush to Shinto shrines and make one such offering to the kami, the deity of the shrine, to have it granted? However, the notion that osaisen in Shinto is connected to praying for a wish is actually wrong. When researching the matter on the internet, the statement that “osaisen is an expression of gratitude towards the kami” pops up here and there. To confirm this misconception concerning the nature of the monetary offering, we asked at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, as well as at the giant Ise Shrine.

Perfect for a Classy Evening: The Three Best Bars with the Authentic Ginza Feel

Ginza Bars & Pubs

A bar dipped in warm light, the sound of a cocktail shaker in the background, and a nice glass of delicious whisky in your hand - this is the general image that pops into people's mind when talking about "going out in Ginza". For decades, the area has had a reputation for being upscale and classy, the perfect place to go to enjoy good spirits as well as laid-back conversations on a high level. We've found the three bars that represent this image best.

[MOVIE] How To Do Karaoke in Japan

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Karaoke is one of Japan’s most beloved pastimes. On your next visit to Japan you’ll surely want to join in on the fun. You may have practiced your favorite song countless times in front of your bedroom mirror, but actually participating in karaoke in Japan can be a bit of a challenge. Even you don’t know a ‘kyokumei’ from a ‘kashumei,’ have no worries; we have all you need to navigate a karaoke box–you’ll be a pro in no time!

Nogi Shrine – Discovering Modern-Day Shinto and the Real Last Samurai

Roppongi Shrines

Nestled between the busy nightlife district of Roppongi and the stylish commercial area of Akasaka lies a place of modern-day Shinto worship, dedicated to someone who can be called Japan’s real last samurai: Nogi Shrine. Right as I left Tokyo Metro’s Nogizaka Station, I was greeted by a large white torii, the gate that marks the entrance to Shinto shrines all across Japan, as well as two statues of komainu, or lion-dogs, the protectors of the precincts. The noise of the metropolis was quelled by this very atmosphere as soon as I took my first steps onto the shrine grounds – it almost felt like entering an entirely different world. Large trees cast their cooling shadow on me, the air felt fresh and clean, and the soft murmuring of the water in the temizuya, the basin used for ritual purification before prayer, welcomed me to an entirely different part of modern Tokyo.

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  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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