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Sanrio Cafe Ikebukuro Opens in Tokyo! We're In Love With the Sweets & Original Merch


On June 5, Sanrio opened the doors to SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro. A directly-operated and permanent cafe on the first basement floor of Sunshine City Alpa in Ikebukuro, it's sure to put a smile on all Sanrio fans' faces. SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro is composed of two areas: a standard cafe space and a cafe wagon corner dedicated to takeaway. Here you can enjoy eating and drinking in the cafe space surrounded by your favorite Sanrio characters, or get some of the delightful drinks and sweets to go.

Daiso, Japan’s Famous 100-Yen Store: Top 7 Fancy Souvenirs on a Budget!

Tokyo Station 100 Yen Shops

Whether it’s for souvenirs or gifts, you’ll definitely be going shopping in Japan. However, you might be worried about overspending, but still want to get some really nice things. That’s where Daiso comes in. Daiso is one of Japan’s most successful and popular hundred-yen stores – the equivalent of a dollar store, but better! Founded in 1977, the company has since grown to 3,376 stores nationwide, as well as a number of branches around the world, bringing the total to 5,542 worldwide. Now, although 100-yen items take the spotlight, Daiso has increased its product line to include a range of products at slightly increased prices in multiples of one hundred. Daiso is incredibly popular among tourists, thanks in part to their attractive prices and large variety of products, which includes kitchenware, snacks, calligraphy sets, and more. It’s almost too easy to swing by and grab a bunch of fantastic souvenirs and gifts for just a few coins, making it one of the best places to do cheap shopping in Japan. What might surprise you, however, is that they offer a large number of elegant, quality items that nobody would guess only cost a hundred or so yen. We went hunting for the fanciest items, and were surprised by what we found! We’ve started at the usual 100 yen, but to get really fancy you’ll have to loosen the purse strings a little and part ways with as much as 500 yen (gasp!)

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.

Highlights of Umeda Sky Building: Get the Perfect Views of Osaka!

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Other Architecture

Umeda Sky Building is as huge as the Arc de Triomphe! In Northern Osaka where the JR Osaka Station, Railroads, and Umeda Subway Station meet, is the landmark of Osaka, the Umeda Sky Building. With its unique model and the 173-meter high outdoor view from the Kuchu Teien-- Floating Garden Observatory--it is a very popular tourist spot famous among locals and foreign visitors alike. Here we'll introduce the many things you can enjoy at the Umeda Sky Building.

Japanese Food Fight! 8 Incredible Fried Dishes You Won't Believe Are From Japan

Other Japanese Food

In stark contrast to Japanese cuisine’s image of being all healthy, there is a bad boy side too. It might seem like Japan is a country which is all sushi and small dishes, but during both night and day it zips on its leather jacket, slips on a pair of sunglasses and gets up to mischief. I am of course talking about Japanese fried foods, in other countries the worst thing you might come across is fried chicken, but in Japan you can come across fried anything – literally anything apart from a fried chocolate bar.

'Say what?' 20 Cool Words that Only Exist in Japanese

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas

There are loads of funny, colorful, and useful words in Japanese that just don’t have a direct translation into English.

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