Enjoy Japan through your wallet.

Japan probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think shopping, but you’ll be amazed at the things you can buy here. For those on a budget, a good start would be a visit to the 100 Yen store, where you can find a staggering variety of things to bring back home for a dollar each. From there, the sky’s the limit from skin care products to anime figures, all waiting to drain your wallet faster than you can say super potato.

Your Guide to Japanese Game Centers

IMG_6719.JPG 4.46 MBWhen I was a kid growing up in Tokyo, I spent a good deal of my time in Game Centers (known elsewhere as arcades).  Back then, they varied from large complexes with multiple floors worth of games to small mom-and-pop shops filled with cig

5 tips whilst exploring Tokyo

Small replica of Tokyo's port & harbor1. Travel EtiquetteIf you come from a rural area, your exposure to a large city like Tokyo can be overwhelming. This may even be the first time you use the subway. It is important that you know travel etiquette. For ex

Planning Ahead: Before Departing

Via cnn.comTraveling can be one of the best experience anyone can have in their life time, but let's face it, it is also a really tiresome and stressful experience. You're visiting a place where you have never been before, where you do not know anyone, and mo

Save Money Even If You're NOT on a Budget

Via gaijinpot.comBefore starting this article, please keep in mind that this list is for things that I personally found of use when I first travel to Japan, and so it's mostly meant for people who have never visited Japan before, anyone who has already visite


As a tourist in Japan you will face two main problems about food: “price” and “timing”. You have a lot of souvenirs to buy, a lot of temples to see, and maybe you don’t want to spend a lot of money eating in Japan. But also, you don’t have much time to search

Uniqlo - great clothes at a great price!

When I travel, clothing is one of the first things I shop for. Not only do I just enjoy getting some new threads, but it's inevitable that I've forgotten to pack something essential. I've had so many occasions that it's been warmer or colder than I have antici

Tokyo's Korea Town: Shin-Okubo

If you go to certain areas in Japan, you can find melting pots of culture. Shin-Okubo is one of those areas, known to be Japan’s Korea town.  Shin-Okubo used to be much more bustling with people and business, but a few years back, many businesses shut down be

Mandatory Gifts: Omiyage

Usually in America if we go somewhere far away we might bring back a few little souvenirs or gifts for people back home, it's not really expected and it's a nice surprise for people who didn't expect you to remember them when buying things. In Japan, however,

Shopping tips! Skincare products I use on a daily basis (recommended buys)

Hi everyone, my name’s Frank!I had the opportunity to live in Tokyo for 2 years because of my program at Tokyo (will be writing a post on this in the near future!)I also love using skincare products so I'll most likely be showing you some products that I think

Experience in Supreme Harajuku, Tokyo and Osaka

Supreme in harajuku, Tokyo One of the five supreme stores is located in omotensando in harajuku, Tokyo, and this store is a smaller one in Tokyo comparing with the other one in shibuya. If you have viewed my last article about goro's which is also in omotensa

My Top Five Tokyo Shopping Areas

Shopping in Japan can be a bit tricky if you don't know where to start. Sure, there are stores everywhere, but where can you find everything in one place, and where is the best place to shop? Luckily, there are many shopping areas in Tokyo to cater to your eve

What to Bring Back: Souvenirs!

Deciding what to bring back home once your trip has come to an end (whether for loved ones or yourself) can be tricky: getting a bit of everything is tempting, but then you might not be able to fit everything into your luggage! Here are some of my suggestions

Walk with me through the 100 yen store!

I consider myself a bit of a bargain hunter. I love the feeling of scoring something for a sweet price that fills a need or serves a purpose. Enter the 100 yen store. One of the first things I did when I came to Japan was headed to one of these stores, because

Top 10 Places to Buy Anime and Manga Goods In Japan

Japan is often associated with their iconic animations, or "Anime" for short. Accompanied by standard stylizations like big eyes and long limbs, anime has become popular all over the world. There are so many different types of hobbies under the general pop-cul

Top 5 Stationery Shop Stops

If you enjoy the feel of paper gliding under your hand or the fine brush stroke of a fountain pen, then you’ll fall in love with Japan’s stationary stores. Japan is a paper-lover’s paradise and Japanese stationery is well known for its quality and innovative p

10 Japanese Beauty Products You Must Buy!

Japan is famous for having some of the best beauty products on the market. Especially in terms of makeup, Japan offers a wide array of items to fulfill your every need. Whether you're looking for the perfect foundation, lipstick, makeup or eyeliner, Japanese b

A Guide to Japanese Skin Care (Part 1)

For many Japanese women, having smooth, radiant and youthful looking skin is considered to be ideal. In order to tap into the high demand, there are tons of skin care products on the market and if you're not familiar with Japanese brands and terms for certain

Buying Video Games in Japan

Hello!!! About 2 months ago I bought one of my favorite games of all time... DRAGON QUEST!!! I grew up playing Dragon Quest, and I've always loved it!! In Japan, the new Dragon Quest game came out and right at the moment, I knew that I want to get it! I was ve

Amazing Top 10 Hand Creams Tested by LDK the Beauty Magazine

Do you have cracked, rough and dry hands? The benefits of using a hand cream is softer hands. The hand cream replenishes lost moisture and prevent dryness of hands. Many hand creams contain natural ingredients such as beauty extract, whitening formula, coenzym

Top 10 Must Try Matcha Snacks and Desserts in Japan

When you think about Matcha Tea, you will probably think of Japan. Matcha tea has been associated with the image of Japan. Matcha is not only use for traditional occasions but snacks and desserts also. In Japan, you can find a lot of foods, sweets or snacks ar

10 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs From Japan

One of the best and most popular things to do when you travel is feast on local flavors. Every culture has certain spices and ingredients combined in a way to make a distinct cultural taste. "Washoku", or Japan's traditional foods, are so intricate and unique