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Tokyo's Weekly Weather & “Now” Report!

Tokyo Station Summer

Last week’s scorching hot spell has broken, with Tokyo seeing some reprieve as daytime highs settle around 30℃ (86℉). Meanwhile a pair of typhoons – Soulik and Cimaron – are bearing down on the western portion of Japan, bringing rain to much of the nation around midweek. Check out this week’s weather and trends below!

Enjoying Summer in Japan! 10 Imaginative Summer Goods at Shibuya Loft!

Shibuya Other Shopping

Hot and humid - you can’t really say that summer in Japan is pleasant. But one pleasant way to pass the time during summer here is to visit Shibuya Loft and spend time looking at its great selection of sundried items. Whether it be cool items for outdoor activities or bedding to make the summer nights more comfortable, Yui Takahashi of Loft’s PR Department had several recommendations of interest that can make the summer more pleasant. Here are ten we wish to share with you.

Purikura: Change Yourself Up with Photo Booth Fun!

Arcades

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!

Climbing Season has Started! How to Prepare to Hike Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji Outdoor Activities

The trails to reach the top of Mt. Fuji officially open on July 1st to September 10th and bring countless people from all over the world make the ascent to the top every year. However, the hike should not be underestimated and good preparation will help make your trip up the mountain a safe and memorable one.

The World’s Greatest Service?! The 10 Secrets of Ultra-Precise Delivery Services in Japan, the Land of Hospitability!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas

Japan has a word called omotenashi that is often translated as “hospitability.” Various services were (and still are) created in the spirit of omotenashi. A more fitting description of the word would be “wholeheartedly entertaining one’s guests,” but a lot of Japanese people think of it as even more nuanced. It is the combination of both hospitability and entertainment in a concierge- or butler-like service, seeking to not only satisfy the needs of the customer or guest but to also anticipate such needs to create surprise and excitement. Japanese people are used to such high standards of service where courtesy and politeness comes naturally. It’s not only about satisfying needs, but customers appreciate services and companies when they make everything more convenient and comfortable by anticipating things that are “nice to have” but no one expects to have, thus surprising and touching people. In order to respond to such high customer standards, companies make an effort to keep improving, and that creates the best services. Among them, we will introduce you to the 10 secrets of Japan’s delivery service that the nation boasts to the world – fast and accurate, secure and safe, and 24-hour pickup at convenience stores!

The Complete Guide to Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Other Sightseeing

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s three major sub-centers and the central hub of the northern Yamanote Line. Thus, the gigantic Ikebukuro Station acts as an important hub that connects 2.62 million passengers on average each day (as of 2015, with 4 railway companies combined) - this makes Ikebukuro Station the third-largest station in the world. Ikebukuro has a lot to offer in terms of amusement and sightseeing, so knowing the station, its exits, and its lines are crucial for both tourists and Tokyoites. We compiled a complete guide to Ikebukuro Station that will ensure that you won’t get lost!

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