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Japanese Pancake Lover? Dream Guide to Tokyo’s Top 10 Pancake Shops

Harajuku Other Cafes and Sweets

Tokyo’s pancake boom has brought an amazing variety of taste in innovation to some of the city’s most sought-after sweets. Part of the attraction is not only the pancakes themselves, but also the opportunity for great food photos. Here are LIVE JAPAN's carefully selected top 10 high-value and super-delicious pancakes. If you’re hoping to become the envy of your friends with your Instagram and Facebook pancake posts, check out our list!

Add Some Zen (And Kawaii) To Your Life With These 10 Items From Japan!

Ikebukuro Household Goods Stores

Tokyu Hands is the place to go for made in Japan products that add just the right touch to your home and everyday lifestyle. Tokyu Hands is a DIY home improvement retailer located near hub train stations like Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. There are even a few overseas locations as well. Each floor is chartered by genre and as you explore you can’t help but get excited as your eyes dart from item to item. Tokyu Hands’ motto is “hints for everyday living,” and the items found at the store add a bit a joy to your daily routine while being practical and functional. Let’s take a look at 10 items found at Tokyo Hands that are sure to find their way into your suitcase as souvenirs.

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

Shinagawa Shows

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!

Iconic Neighborhoods and More: Inside Tokyo's Top 10 Shopping Streets

Ueno Other Sightseeing

Tokyo’s fascinating tourist attractions aren’t limited to high-profile locations and shopping malls. More than 90% of Tokyo’s shopping malls were developed after World War II. Prior to that, people did much of their shopping in “shopping streets” where they could purchase daily necessities. One of the most famous of these streets, Ameya Yokocho, more commonly known as “Ameyoko,” began as a black market hotspot for the selling of American military supplies after the war. As more reputable retailers gradually opened shop in the area, its reputation as a tourist location grew. Many shopping streets were located near train stations, which brought a steady flow of customers. With the development of society and increased prosperity, shopping street began to feature a wider variety of shops and affordable restaurants, and now they’ve evolved into an interesting mix of old and new stores standing side by side. Each shopping street has its own unique style and charms. For example, if you want an amazing variety of stores, head to Kichijoji Sun Road. Koenji Junjo is known for exotic foods. Sugamo Jizo-dori is known as “The Grandmothers’ Harajuku,” and has great ramen shops. And Nakano Sun Mall is an otaku’s dream. Get ready for a stroll down Tokyo’s top ten shopping streets!

Working In Japan: Guide to 3 of Tokyo’s English-Friendly Coworking Spaces


Tokyo is a city where to say space is at a premium would be a rather massive understatement. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, exploring Tokyo is like discovering a whole new world. The lack of space means that the city also has to be quite creative when it comes to making the most of space. From the teeny six-person bars of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai to the inner-city meticulously designed apartments, labyrinthian network of hidden delights. Take some time to explore a little deeper, and you never know what you might find. One industry that’s both booming and redefining the city’s relationship with space is the world of coworking offices. Across the globe, coworking offices are being the new norm for freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and socially savvy startups who know the value in connecting with like-minded communities. A more professional and distraction-free- alternative to the They’re also great for those who want to tap into their creative flow and get some serious work done. The main issue with coworking in Japan as an individual has been the burdensome application fees, and mandatory membership requirements and significant financial commitments often required up front. However, there are a handful of spaces doing things little differently, from drop-in friendly setups to special traveler-centric initiatives here are three of the best low-commitment coworking spaces in Tokyo right now.

Quick Guide to Akihabara Station: Exits, Area Information & More!


Akihabara is the town of video games, anime (Japanese animation), and electronics, and the train station by the same name is located within Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. In actual fact, though, the Sotokanda and Akihabara areas in Chiyoda Ward and Taito Ward respectively are what people often refer to when talking about Akihabara town. It is said there are more than 500 electronics shops within the area, in addition to other shops selling merchandise for anime, video games, idol celebrities, and other subcultures. Fans of all interests from all over the world can be found doing their shopping here. Our quick but thorough guide will organize information about places of interest by the multiple Akihabara Station exits and their vicinities. Make your Akihabara visit count by checking out the information here before heading down!

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