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All About Fukubukuro - Japan’s Lucky New Year Shopping Bags!

Ikebukuro Department Stores

One of the biggest parts of Japanese pop culture is its fashion and shopping districts, where the hottest Japanese brands can be found at department stores, clothing stores, and others. During New Year’s, many of these shops sell these popular items in so called “lucky bags,” called fukubukuro, at ridiculously discounted prices. They are limited in numbers, making it a popular custom for shopping aficionados. Join along as we dive into this curious culture, plus share tips and tricks for getting the best deals!

Top 10 Best-Selling Items from the Japan’s Best Lifestyle Brand MUJI

Other Shopping

MUJI, Japan’s premier lifestyle brand, has transformed the way Japanese shop since coming on the scene in the late 1980s. The brand has gained legions of fans domestically and worldwide through its simplistic, minimalist packaging, subdued colors, and high-quality products. You can even find MUJI stores in nearly 25 countries around the globe. But, you certainly must visit a MUJI store while you’re in Japan. We’ve rounded up the top 10 best-selling items at MUJI for your convenience! This top 10 list includes items across a variety of genres like skincare, textiles, stationery, and even food. If you're curious to find out what’s trending among Japanese shoppers at MUJI or need a few gift-giving ideas, read on!

[MOVIE] DRUM TAO’S MANGEKYO – a Kaleidoscope of Taiko Drums

Shinagawa Shows

Japan’s traditional drums, taiko, conquered video games, modern pop music, and stages all over the world alike. Ranging from small to so big that they tower over whoever plays them, taiko drums have held an important place in Japanese culture ever since the 6th century. One group, however, has taken the traditional art of taiko drumming and adapted it to the global style of the 21st century in the most fascinating fashion imaginable. Meet DRUM TAO and their Martial Art of Drumming!

Rice Cracker Realness: The Top 10 Rice Snack Top-Sellers by Kameda Seika, Loved by all of Japan!

Other Japanese Food

In Japan, rice crackers are a beloved snack that dates back centuries and come in all sorts of variations such as arare or senbei. From salty to sweet, from light and airy to hard and crunchy – the tasty delights can be found in convenience stores and supermarkets all over the country. Kameda Seika is one of Japan’s most prominent and famous rice cracker makers, dominating both the market and gourmets’ hearts with delectable rice cracker creations. The company, its headquarters in Niigata Prefecture right on the Sea of Japan, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, still delighting people all around the country with both traditional and creative, new cracker varieties. With their wonderfully authentic taste and “only in Japan” uniqueness, they also make great souvenirs to take home and share with friends and family. But which ones to buy? Let’s take a look at Kameda Seika’s top 10 long-time best-sellers that have been loved and popular for decades!

Visiting Tokyo: The Ultimate Asakusa and Odaiba 1-Day Itinerary

Odaiba Other Townscapes

Though most commonly portrayed as a cutting edge, futuristic city, Tokyo manages to seamlessly blend Japan’s timeless history with its ultra-modern present-day form. This beautiful juxtaposition is perhaps best experienced at two of Tokyo’s most popular destinations; Asakusa and Odaiba. For the savvy traveler, taking a cruise down the Sumida River is the best way to take in both locations while enjoying scenic skyline views along the way. For the perfect mix of old and new, try our 1-day itinerary of Asakusa and Odaiba.

Emergency Info: What to Do When You Get Sick or Injured in Japan

Other Sightseeing

Getting injured or sick is the last thing you need while traveling abroad. Still, sometimes it does happen and getting the help and care you need can be quite the ordeal in a country with different language and culture. Still, there’s no need to panic: from smaller discomforts such as jetlag to being in an accident, here is everything you need to know when getting sick or injured in Japan

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