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Nomihodai: The Most Cost-Effective Option at Izakaya

In big cities like Tokyo and even smaller towns in the countryside, somewhere right now is a gathering of Japanese people de-stressing over a few glasses of beer, wine, or cocktails. These gatherings are known as nomikai (飲み会; literally, “drinking party”). More often than not, these nomikai take advantage of a special menu option known as nomihodai (飲み放題), loosely translated “all-you-can-drink”. But what exactly is it and how does it work?

Tokyo's Top 4 Restaurants to Try Unagi, Japanese Eel

Ginza Unagi

When venturing into the world of Japanese cuisine, you’ll come across all sorts of dishes and ingredients. Unagi, Japanese freshwater eel, is one of them. The snake-like fish is a real delicacy, beloved by old and young all around the country and is an absolute must-try when you’re in Japan. One of the most delicious and most affordable ways to enjoy eel is “unadon,” or eel bowl. We’ve found four popular unagi restaurants in Tokyo that serve unadon for every budget, so let’s dive right in!

Asking People From 5 Different Countries: The Biggest Culture Shocks of Japan!

What’s normal in your country seems strange to the rest of the world – that is true for pretty much every place on the planet. Japan, of course, does have its fair share of quirks and peculiarities and the possibilities for a proper culture shock are basically endless! Japan is also rich in pop culture, which leads to many a traveler having the images of dramas, movies or anime in mind, only to find out that the reality is quite far from that. There are both good surprises and... well, not so good surprises! We asked five people from different countries to tell us what shocked or surprised them the most when they first came to Japan. Look forward to a colorful yet wonderfully relatable potpourri of answers!

10 Major Cities in Japan: Which One Should You Visit?

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Japan’s rich history combined with its unique and exciting modern culture, have made it one of the most popular countries that people dream of visiting. But once you’ve decided to explore Japan, how do you choose which city to see? The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer; it really depends on the preferences of each individual traveler. Do you enjoy a high tech urban atmosphere with crowds of people or quiet solitude among nature? Would you rather shop for the hottest trends or visit historical spots? Swim among tropical fish or feed crackers to friendly deer? Keep reading to find the perfect city for your Japan adventure!

Stringraphy at Studio EVE: A Striking and Unique Musical Experience

Shibuya Other Contemporary Arts

Have you ever imagined being right inside a musical instrument, surrounded by song? I visited Studio EVE in Tokyo’s Daitabashi neighborhood and was able to experience this very feeling by attending a Stringraphy workshop. A beautiful melting of music, art, and movement, Stringraphy is an original concept that while born in Japan, has already made waves across the globe in its 25 years of existence. During the workshop, I had the chance to meet the members of the world-renowned Stringraphy Ensemble, enjoy a performance, and even try my hand at making my own string music.

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