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Pollen season started early this year! Read why tourists have been shocked by hay fever in Japan

Tokyo Station Spring

It may still be cold weather, but it seems the allergy season has arrived already. On January 22, 2020, the Japan Weather Association released info that the Japanese cedar and cypress pollen season in Tokyo will start in early February. This peak is longer than usual and will last from late February to late March. People with allergies have probably already noticed. But what about tourists? I interviewed foreign people living in Japan about hay fever. I was able to hear the bitter truth about their hay fever in Japan. (Comments are the respondent's personal opinion)

What Japanese Really Get At The Supermarket: Japan’s Top 10 Quirky Local Drinks!

Shibuya Grocery Stores

Keio Store, a supermarket chain operated by Keio Group (the same company which operates Keio Railways and Keio Department Store), are a familiar sight across Japan. As Keio Stores are commonly found in the suburbs and next to train stations, they are an accurate reflection of what the average Japanese person really buys at the supermarket. Let’s take a look at their 2017 sales data to find out Japan’s top 10 drinks! Overall, the most popular beverage among Japanese consumers was tea: green tea, matcha, barley tea, and oolong tea are just some of the varieties of tea that make up a special part of Japanese culture. The remaining entries on the list, like tomato juice and sports drinks, and unsweetened carbonated drinks. As the only sugary beverage on this list is Coca Cola, you can see that a majority of Japan opts for relatively healthy drinks to quench their thirst.

Inside Japan's Maid Cafés: Our Unique Experience at Classic Maid Café Mai:lish! (Video)

Akihabara Other Cafes and Sweets

Come join Live Japan with me as we visit Café Mai:lish, a small and homely maid café located on the outskirts of Akihabara, about 8 minutes from JR Akihabara Station and 3 minutes from Suehirocho Station.

How to Choose Your 2020 Tokyo Hotel: Top 5 Neighborhoods Recommended by International Residents

Shimokitazawa Other Townscapes

In the great, widespread concrete jungle of Tokyo, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors to choose an area or neighborhood to stay in. Here, 5 expats give insight into their recommendations for your accommodations and tell you about the quirks of the neighborhoods they chose to share.

Shibuya OR Shinjuku: Which One Would Foreigners Recommend to Their Friends Back Home?


The title of "Most Popular Tokyo Town" among foreign visitors is often split between Shinjuku and Shibuya. If you're not familiar with either of them, Shinjuku is known for large departmental stores like Isetan and Takashimaya as well as quaint entertainment streets like Kabukichō. Shibuya, on the other hand, is a fashion and subculture capital that is popular among the younger generation. The million yen question is: Which of these two towns - each with completely different charms and characteristics - do foreigners like more? To find out, we interviewed four "Japanophiles" who have either stayed in Japan before or are regular visitors. The subject being explored: Which town would you recommend to friends back home who may be planning for a trip to Japan?

Changing Attitudes? Vegetarian Shares Tips on How to Stay Away From Meat in Japan!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Restaurants

Japanese cuisine has spread around the world rapidly in recent years, its image shifting from being an exotic raw fish centered cuisine to being featured on order-in menus in all the major metropolitans in the world. Proven combinations, traditional ingredients, and precision-driven techniques have put Japanese food on the map, with more than 100,000 restaurants in Tokyo alone feeding millions of hungry mouths each day. As a vegetarian on an island where the concept of a diet without meat or fish is uncommon, the task of finding a fulfilling and delicious meal can be daunting. The recent influx of tourists has brought a wave of vegetarian and veganism to the cities of Japan. Cafes are opening to cater to this new demographic and some places are even modifying old Japanese recipes to fill this new need. And with a little guidance, Japan can still be a culinary paradise for all the vegetarians out there!

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  • Akihabara
  • Asakusa
  • Ginza
  • Harajuku
  • Ikebukuro
  • Roppongi
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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