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Checking Out Japanese Food Culture at the Real Izakaya Nobu - Now Open at Tokyo's Asakusa Samurai Stall!

Asakusa Other Japanese Food

No matter where you’re from and no matter who you are, the Real Izakaya Nobu welcomes you with open arms! Enjoy the dishes that conquered the hearts and stomachs of the characters of Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~, the latest gourmet hit anime showcasing Japan’s delicious pub culture. The best part about this? They’re vegetarian, vegan, and halal!

Checking out Chuhai, Japan's Tasty Party Drink! 10 Must-Try Chuhai Selections

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Grocery Stores

Quickly grabbed after work and casually enjoyed with some coworkers or friends: the chūhai is a canned alcoholic drink that traditionally is a shōchū (distilled alcohol) highball. It has become a go-to choice for pretty much anyone in Japan, rapidly increasing the selection at supermarkets and convenience stores all across the country. Its comparatively low alcohol content, comes in a wide variety of flavors, and its cheaper-than-beer prices make it a must-try when exploring the world of Japanese drinks! From low in sugar to wonderfully fruity and sweet, there’s a chūhai for every taste and palate on the market, with companies developing new flavors regularly and steadily. We headed to Keio Store to show you our recommendations for the top 10 Japanese chūhai drinks!

[MOVIE]Shodo Calligraphy: What would you write for luck in the New Year?

Odaiba Traditional Paintings

Art Materials Lab PIGMENT really is a place that impresses as soon as you set foot inside: the building is spacious, with a comfy atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re at home. This gorgeous art supply store is located on Tennozu Isle, a small island in Tokyo Bay that hosts plenty of art shows and performances. The store features around 200 antique ink sticks, 50 kinds of animal glues, and around 4,500 colors of different pigments: with this, you are sure to find a color that you will like! But what makes the store different are the regularly organized workshops. Held by art school professors or painting tool manufacturers, you can discover Japanese painting techniques, carving signature stamps, or even oil painting. For me, it would be Japanese calligraphy, also known as shodo.

Sushi, Snacks & More: Sampling 8 Local Treats on Tokyo’s East Side via the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)!

Shibamata / Kita-Senju / Kameari Other Restaurants

The Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) is one of the few remaining trolleys in Tokyo connecting the eastern part of the city with its center. This historic old line evokes memories of a time long ago when the city was crisscrossed by trolleys. Along this tram course there are several delicious places to visit and experience food that has been favored by local residents for decades and which can only be had there. They also make great gifts. The tram offers a one-day ticket for only 400 yen that allows you to get on and off the tram as often as you like—which is perfect for sampling the gourmet dishes offered at places found along the path of the tram.

Treat your inner geek! 10 Things in Akihabara that will even amaze Otaku


Located in Tokyo, Akihabara is considered a prime destination for otaku (anime culture enthusiasts) and casual tourists alike. Known also by its nicknames “Akiba” and “Electric Town,” Akihabara is a truly unique district with an atmosphere and character all its own, beloved throughout the world for its large selection of electronics, games, and anime-related culture. We at LIVE JAPAN must admit that we are quite the otaku ourselves! As avid gamers and anime fans, we were certainly no strangers to Akihabara culture. However, there are some things about Akiba that never cease to amaze, no matter how many times we visit. From exciting game centers to kawaii maid cafes, let’s take a look at ten things in Akihabara that you have to see to believe!

Complete Guide to Japanese Etiquette for Business Travelers - From a Tokyo Insider!

Japan is an amazing destination for travelers who are longing to enjoy their vacation in a beautiful and exciting country. This is especially true recently. Japan is becoming more and more popular as time passes and as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach. By the same token, the country is becoming a more sought after location for new businesses (foreign and domestic), as well as to create partnerships among established companies, but also for startups and new innovative ideas. Japan as a whole, and the companies that populate the country, though, have a very specific way of handling social interactions and businesses. This different approach can often be surprising and confusing for those who are not prepared to the standards of the country. For this reason, regardless of one’s experience in a certain field, or in business deals, it pays off to dive into the details, similarities, and differences between business meetings in Japan and those in other countries (even among very similar fields). We sat down with an American who's been doing business in Japan for over 16 years. Here are some of the inside secrets he shared!

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