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Kushikatsu Tanaka : Try Osaka dishes and think buraku problems

Kushikatsu Tanaka : Try Osaka dishes and think buraku problems

Kushikatsu Tanaka (串カツ田中) is a chain izakaya (居酒屋, Japanese style pub) restaurant, and there are about 60 restaurants in Tokyo. These restaurants serve Osaka di...

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Shibuya Culture and the Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Culture and the Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Scramble Crossing is very famous and popular for foreign tourists. For Japanese people it is just an ordinary scene, but for foreigners it is unbelievab...

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Bakugai (an Exlosive Shopping Spree) by Chinese Tourists in Akihabara

Bakugai (an Exlosive Shopping Spree) by Chinese Tourists in Akihabara

These days, tourists in Japan are increasing, especially Chinese tourists. They buy so many things, and this phenomenon is called bakugai (爆買い, an exlosive shop...

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Ueno Snake Cuisine

Ueno Snake Cuisine

Chinese people eat snakes, and Japanese people also used to eat snakes. There are still snake restaurants in Tokyo now. There was a habit of eating snake...

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Visit the Scene of the TEPCO OL Murder Case

Visit the Scene of the TEPCO OL Murder Case

Japan is relatively safe and Japanese police are said to be reliable, but there are some cases which have not been solved yet. One of these cases is the TEPCO O...

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Be Careful of Train Gropers in Japan

Be Careful of Train Gropers in Japan

Japan is a very safe country. There are rarely shooting cases, and it is not so dangerous to walk around. However, in the rush-hour trains, you have to be caref...

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How Terrible the Rush-Hour Crush is in Japan

How Terrible the Rush-Hour Crush is in Japan

Have you ever experienced rush-hour trains in Japan? If you have experienced them even once, you don't want to ride trains during the commuting time. In ...

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Islam Yokocho : Shin-Okubo is not only a Korean Town, but also a Muslim Town

Islam Yokocho : Shin-Okubo is not only a Korean Town, but also a Muslim Town

Shin-Okubo is famous as a Korean town. There are many Korean restaurants, Korean grocery stores, and Korean idol goods shops. The Korean boom in 2003 - 2012...

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China Town in Shin-Okubo

China Town in Shin-Okubo

Shin-Okubo is a famous Korean town. There are many Korean restaurants, Korean grocery stores, and Korean idol goods shops. But there are also many Chinese r...

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Hyakunin-cho Public Apartment near Okubo Station

Hyakunin-cho Public Apartment near Okubo Station

There are old apartments near Okubo Station on the JR Yamanote Line. These are a remnant of the dark side of Shin-Okubo’s history. When you go south ...

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The Dark Side of Shin-Okubo

The Dark Side of Shin-Okubo

Shin-Okubo became a bustling and glittering Korean town just recently, though this area used to be a dubious and gloomy town where day laborers and streetwa...

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Shin-Okubo : Explore the Largest Korean Town of Japan

Shin-Okubo : Explore the Largest Korean Town of Japan

Shin-Okubo is the largest Korean town in Japan. This area does’t feel like it’s in Japan, though it is. Shin-Okubo is called “Little Korea” or “Myeong-dong ...

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Flower Cafe by Takashi Murakami in Roppongi Hills

Flower Cafe by Takashi Murakami in Roppongi Hills

At Roppongi Hills, Flower Cafe, produced by Takashi Murakami is open until January 31th 2016. This event is related to Takashi Murakami’s exhibition, “The 5...

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Takeya, Famous Discount Store in Okachimachi

Takeya, Famous Discount Store in Okachimachi

Purple buildings are lined up in Okachimachi. These are famous discount stores called Takeya. These days they are full of foreigners. Near Okachimachi St...

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Ueno Ameyoko Center Building : Chaotic Underground Food Market

Ueno Ameyoko Center Building : Chaotic Underground Food Market

Ueno Ameya-yokocho shopping street (Ameyoko for short) is famous and popular. There is Ameyoko Center Building (アメ横センタービル) in the middle of Ameyoko (アメ横) and a ...

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The Darkside of Roppongi

The Darkside of Roppongi

There are foreigners towns all over the world. In Korea Itewon is an example of one, and in Japan Roppongi has prospered as the foreigner town. Roppongi is a go...

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A Few Things You Don’t Know About Roppongi ; US Army Base, Ramshackle Ramen Shop, and Aoyama Cemetery

A Few Things You Don’t Know About Roppongi ; US Army Base, Ramshackle Ramen Shop, and Aoyama Cemetery

Roppongi is famous for being an entertainment town. Not only Japanese, but also many foreigners enjoy drinking at bars and dancing at nightclubs. There are ...

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Shinanomachi : Soka Gakkai Town

Shinanomachi : Soka Gakkai Town

In Japan, there are towns with religious affiliations. The most famous town is Shinanomachi, known as Soka Gakkai town. Shinanomachi Station is locat...

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Koenji : A Hippie Town, called the India of Japan

Koenji : A Hippie Town, called the India of Japan

Tokyo has many kinds of town, and along the Chuo Line people who like subcultures gather. They love music, novels, and movies, especially something called subcu...

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Foundry Town, Kawaguchi City, Saitama

Foundry Town, Kawaguchi City, Saitama

Speaking of Kawaguchi city, there is the famous Nishi-kawaguchi, famous for being an indecent city and Warabi famous for being a foreigners’ town, but what kind...

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