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Mother Farm – A Fantastic Family Day Out

Owing to its relative distance from central Tokyo, Mother Farm is a less-known attraction. It is definitely underrated given that the farm has activities for everyone […]

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Tales from the Tokyo subway

Despite having been living in Tokyo for 5 years, I must admit I spend a deal of time traveling around on my bicycle (many good reasons why). […]

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Japan Just Officially Released (Relaxed) Revisions to Guidelines For Permanent Residency

For those who are aiming to become permanent residents of Japan (not through marriage), the 10-year wait is a long one. Some years ago, the […]

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5 Interesting Places to Pick Up a Book in Japan

In the words of Jorge Luis Borges, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library”. Here are some places in Japan […]

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Layout and accessibility of train and subway stations in Tokyo

The rail transportation system of Tokyo is often said to be very convenient and efficient. This is certainly accurate most of the time. However, sometimes, […]

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Saving on Taxi Fares in Tokyo

It is not a secret that taxis in Japan go by relatively expensive metered rates. While the flag-down fee varies from prefecture to prefecture, the subsequent […]

Snapshot: Mochitsuki (mochi-making) Festival

Mochi is a delicacy in Japan made from glutinous rice and its popularity goes beyond the shores of Japan as countries like Taiwan and Singapore also […]

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Popular day trips from Tokyo in a nutshell

Check out this “cheat sheet” for determining where to go for a day trip from Tokyo! Click to enlarge the image. Photo credits: Kawagoe: http://www.goldenjipangu.com/ […]