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Daiso 100 Yen Haul: Top 5 Crazy Quality Japanese Stationery on a Budget!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas 100 Yen Shops

Daiso is a world-famous Japanese 100-yen store. It’s like a dollar store, but way cooler! There are 3,367 stores nationwide, with a whopping 5,542 in total around the globe. That means that no matter where in Japan you go, you’ll never be too far from exciting finds at great prices! Daiso have been providing the world with top-notch shopping on a budget since 1977, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their stationery game. New stationery always makes you feel like you’re starting fresh, with a new opportunity to learn and create something cool and unique. Even if you somehow haven’t hopped on the stationery bandwagon like the rest of us, you can’t deny that you still need it in your life; we all at least write lists, Christmas cards, or post-it notes. Why settle for bland, unexciting erasers and labels, when you could cheer up your drab notebooks and have the most fabulous desk in your office? Swing by and deck out your desk or sort out your souvenirs!

Top 10 Japanese Health & Beauty Products at AEON Style Narita

Narita Shopping Malls

AEON Style Narita, just 20 minutes by shuttle bus from Narita Airport, is the number one inbound commercial facility in the area. It's wildly popular, especially with tourists from Asia. Here we will introduce you to 10 of AEON Style Narita's recommended Japanese health and beauty products. Let us help you find some unique souvenirs of your trip to Japan!

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

Guide to Ginza Itoya: The Century-Old Stationery Store

Ginza Other Shopping

Ginza is one of Tokyo’s prime areas for glitzy shopping and dining, uniting some of the world’s most well-known brands. The area is close to both the famous Tsukiji Market and Tokyo Station, thus a favorite spot for tourists to stop by and look for fancy souvenirs, additions to their wardrobe, or gourmet delights. April 2017 also marked the opening of GINZA SIX, one of the largest commercial facilities in the area. In Ginza’s main street, you will find Japan’s most famous stationery specialty store: Itoya. The shop offers a vast, wonderful selection of Japanese and international brands, with dozens of original stationery items that are both stylish and functional. Whether you’re a die-hard stationery fan and seek to enrich your arsenal of pens and paper or you’re simply looking for a fun souvenir, Itoya is a must-visit in any case. We will guide you through each of the 12 themed floors and showcase highlights and must-haves!

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.

What's Japan Like for Women Visiting Alone? 24 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas

Going abroad by yourself can feel overwhelming, but Japan is one of the best places to do so. There are a number of exciting things to do by yourself, no matter whether you’re more of a lone wolf or want to go out and meet people! Melt into the crowd on a busy shopping street, strike up a conversation at a pub or museum, or take some time for yourself at a quiet temple. Japan even has a variety of women-only options for transportation and activities, so you can have peace of mind when out and about. Japanese people, including Japanese women, are comfortable traveling, eating out, and doing what they like by themselves, so don’t be afraid to make the most of this culture of independence. In this article: ?What to wear and how to pack ?Tips for your arrival ?Accommodation ?Eating out or dining in ?Sightseeing ?Travel and transport ?Emergency information

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  • Harajuku
  • Ikebukuro
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  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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