Cutting-edge fashion and art in the back streets of Omotesando in Tokyo

Omotesando in Minami-Aoyama

I love walking around Tokyo. Above all, I like to explore those narrow back streets that are hidden behind the main streets. Here, there is always something new to discover, like newly opened cafes and small restaurants. Also, these streets tend to be less crowded.
My last walk took us through the “Azabu-juban” district and its back streets. This time, I’ll go on a walk and explore the back alleys of “Omotesando”, the Minami-Aoyama area. Join me!!

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Future, Lifestyle, Nature,

Into the woods?! Exploring Shinagawa Station, a canal…and a forest!

When you think about Japan, you might think about Mt. Fuji, Geisha, Sushi, … and the Shinkansen bullet train! Speaking of the Shinkansen, there are only two stations where this bullet train stops in Tokyo. That’s Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station. Every station where the bullet train stops is fun to explore. This time I would like to introduce Shinagawa Station and some relaxing spots around it!

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Get a look behind the scenes of a TV station at the NHK Broadcasting Museum!

Have you ever watched Japanese television?

Japan has its very own television culture. For foreigners like me, it feels completely different and new from what I am used from TV in Germany. There are commercial television stations as well as public broadcasting. The Japanese channel corresponding to channels like the British BBC is called “NHK”. Recently, “NHK World” can be seen in various countries. Maybe you already watched NHK. Today, I would like to introduce you a fun broadcasting museum where you can learn about public Japanese TV and NHK!

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Gourmet, Lifestyle,

Delicious donuts and coffee: The best stores in the back streets of Azabu-Juban

DUMBO donut shop in Azabu-juban

One of the most famous shopping streets in Tokyo is Azabu-juban. In this shopping street with its international flair, shops with new health trends meet old-fashioned shops. The summer festival in Azabu-Juban is also very popular. No matter when you come from, there is always something new to discover.
I heard it should be hidden far behind in the shopping streets with delicious coffee and donuts. I did not hesitate and went straight to the search!

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Gourmet, Lifestyle,

A perfect brunch at Shiba Park with a view of the Tokyo Tower

All-you-can-eat bread spreads

What do the Japanese eat for breakfast? A Japanese breakfast mostly consists of rice, a miso soup, and Tamagoyaki. So, it’s mostly warm food. When the Japanese eat a western breakfast, they would probably eat toast, eggs, ham, and salad. No matter what kind of breakfast they eat, there is always a wide range of food to choose from. Breakfast in Japan is fun!!
However, I personally love brunch even more than breakfast. I am always looking for the perfect brunch restaurant in Tokyo. In Shiba Park I found it!

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Culture, Experience, Lifestyle,

Sleepover in Tokyo! (1) Staying at the Shiba Park Hotel 151

Our three writers – Hana from China, Yena from Korea, and Marei from Germany – stayed at the Shiba Park Hotel 151 in the Minato area in Tokyo. Shiba Park Hotel 151 opened in August 2016, so the hotel is still very new and very nice. The rooms are  very spacious double rooms, but an extra bed can be added to accommodate up to three persons. The interior decoration of the rooms is Japanese-style and relaxing.

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Culture, Lifestyle, Nature, 未分類,

Spring has come! Best “Hanami” spots in Tokyo! (2017)

Spring has come! Every Japanese, no, everyone who lives in Japan is waiting every year for the moment when the cherry blossoms (“sakura”) begin to open and start to bloom. Going to parks and gardens to look at the cherry blossoms is called “hanami”. There are many ways to do a “hanami”. In this article, I would like to introduce various types of “hanami” and the spots I would recommend for doing so.

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