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All Aboard the Hello Kitty Shinkansen: Traveling Through Japan in the Cutest Way Possible!

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Japan is both known for cutting-edge technology and its colorful pop culture. Two prime examples of that are the Shinkansen bullet train and Hello Kitty, one of the most adorable icons Japan has to offer. Now, the ultra-fast train and the girl from England teamed up for an amazing collaboration! Following the ridiculously popular Neon Genesis Evangelion, board the sugary sweet Hello Kitty Shinkansen that starts its journey on June 30 between Shin-Osaka and Hakata!

3 Chill Cafés in Kiyosumi Shirakawa - Tokyo's Coffee Town!

Ningyocho / Monzen-Nakacho / Kasai Old Towns (Shitamachi)

A recently trendy area, Kiyosumi Shirakawa is a laid-back café-lovers paradise and answer to the mainstream coffee shops. Although its café heritage isn't necessarily new, the area garnered interest after Tokyo's first Blue Bottle Coffee opened its doors in 2015. Now, in addition to some of the popular chains when have since set up shop, a number of private cafés continue to attract coffee aficionados and tourists alike, becoming quiet spaces to relax while seeing sights on Tokyo's east side. We visited three popular private cafés and share what they're all about below!

Tokyo Traveling Essentials: Handling Luggage in Japan!

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Japan is the country for shopping, and if you are going for your first time on possibly a trip of a lifetime, then you will be planning to bring back a lot of stuff. And who can blame you? Japan is full of cool stuff, tax-free shopping and all manner of knick-knacks! However, Japan isn’t exactly suitcase-friendly, it is quite tiny suitcase-friendly but decidedly not large suitcase-friendly. It is one thing to say that you should pack lightly, arriving in Japan with a light suitcase isn’t exactly a showstopper, but as your trip goes on your suitcase will get heavier and heavier, and at some point you will start considering a second suitcase or another bag, and then life becomes increasingly difficult! It is unavoidable that you may be lugging around a heavy suitcase or two, especially as you get to the end of your trip, so before you go to Japan it is best to check out our handy tips on what to do with luggage in Japan, that way you are sure to have a successful visit and get some heavy-duty shopping in too!

Before Your Flight Home: Tips for Enjoying Your Final Day in Tokyo!

Ueno Old Towns (Shitamachi)

So it's the last day of your Tokyo stay, you’ve just about packed and are ready to check out of your hotel, but still have a few hours left to cram in the sights—no one wants to waste their last few hours of vacation just doing nothing! Here we’d like to introduce some of the best places to head to during the last moments of your stay in Tokyo.

7 Tips on Shopping for Clothes in Japan

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Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest fashion hubs, with new trends emerging on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya constantly. So, if you are a fashionista, you are in luck. Whether you like the frilly skirts of kawaii culture or are more into the Shibuya 109 style, you can find plenty of one-of-a-kind items in Japan. Before you hit the shops, you need to know that shopping for clothes is a bit different here in Japan. But don’t worry—we’re here to help! Here are 7 tips and insights to shop for clothing in Japan.

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

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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!

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