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Asakusa Tatsumiya

Originally a kimono manufacturer and retailer, Tatsumiya, located close to Asakusa’s famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) has become famous for souvenir items which use kimono fabric, particularly kimono tumblers. The store has been featured on international TV and the kimono tumblers

KURASHINITY (Pasona Inc.)

Experienced, professional Filipino housekeepers deliver high quality service. Hourly rates start at ¥2,900.

Active-Ageing Chiropractic Tokyo

Active-Ageing Chiropractic Tokyo is located 4 min. walk from Futako-tamagawa station. Doctors of chiropractic, licensed in the USA and Australia, provide tailor-made care for back pain, neck pain, headache, shoulder stiffness, sciatica and postural problems. This clinic is the first

Knife shop KAMATA

With a history spanning four generations, Asakusa cutlery maker Kamata Hakensha knows how to slice it. The company’s 800-strong product lineup includes top-grade handmade knives as well as factory-made ranges. These blades have made repeat customers of some of the

Classical Japanese Dance Workshop Oct. 24th-28th

This month there is a rare opportunity for members of the public to participate in a classical Japanese dance lesson with professional dancers from the Onoe-ryu school. This form of dance, known as Nihon-buyo, has origins in kabuki theatre, and

Shinagawa International School – A New IB School for Shinagawa

Originally founded in 2007 as Jingumae International Exchange School, Shinagawa International School (SIS) moved to its current premises in June 2018. An IB World School for children aged 3-12, SIS offers a holistic and student-centered approach in an environment that

Workshop: Learning the basics of washoku

How much do you know about Japanese cuisine, or “washoku”? In 2013, traditional Japanese food was granted Intangible Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO, bringing about a sudden washoku boom across the world. Despite this surge in popularity, there is a

5 Reasons to Travel by Air in Japan

With all the available land transport services – express trains, shinkansen and highway buses – you would be forgiven for overlooking air travel in Japan. But flying has its advantages. For one, there is a much wider variety of destinations

The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR

Cancer Institute Hospital is Japan’s first and largest hospital specializing in cancer care. Its Screening Center offers examinations not simply for confirmation of overall health status but focusing on the prevention and the early detection of cancer. The examinations are

Host Families Wanted for Tokyo Homestay Program

Homestays offer a valuable opportunity for young people to experience everyday life in the context of another culture. However, not everyone who would like do a homestay abroad has the financial background to able to. NPO Chokkura Homestay is an

Overcoming the Odds: Bilingual Education in Japan

I’m at one of Tokyo’s international preschools, observing the morning session. Two boys around the age of four are playing with toy cars; one is dragging his over a play roadway made of fabric, the other is racing an ambulance

National Center for Global Health and Medicine

The Center Hospital provides the best general healthcare services to overcome diseases and improve health with the aim of contributing to society. As one of the most advanced treatment hospitals in Japan, they provide patients with the best care and

Okuyama

Wamon Okuyama serves quality, seasonal ingredients in course menus.

Ginza Kokoro

Serving the chef’s recommended course menu using seasonal ingredients. Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine along with wine and sake.

Edomae Sushi Hattori

Enjoy a sushi course menu made with seasonal ingredients carefully selected by the head chef.

Antique Nishikawa Tokyo Shop

Discover the real Japan and Japanese beauty through a world of Japanese antiques you will not find anywhere else.

Schloss Bäckerei

Traditional German cakes and custom orders for birthdays and events.

Hudson Market Bakers

100% handmade baked goods, from cakes and pies to bars, cookies and granola, by a baker with extensive experience working in New York. Hudson Market’s cornbread, gingerbread and brownies are particularly beloved by the Tokyo expat community for their authentic

PLAZA HOMES

Founded in 1969, PLAZA HOMES holds updated information on a large number of sale and rental properties. With their vast experience, they will help you find the best property for you from the over 3,000 listings on their website. Their

NTT Medical Center Tokyo

An inner-city general hospital with a high level of medical care and foreign patient support, which has received both JCI and JMIP accreditation, as well as certification from public bodies including Medical Excellence Japan, which designates “Japanese International Hospitals” in

Traditional Japanese Craft Workshop at Suntory Museum of Art

For those interested in traditional arts and crafts, Suntory Museum of Art is hosting an English-language workshop focusing on urushi (lacquerware) on October 29th. Held in cooperation with The Japan Kogei Association, the workshop will be led by Murose Kazumi,

Summerhill International School – An Environment of Beauty and Wonder

Making the decision of where to send your child to school can be a time of stress and uncertainty. There are many options and styles in Tokyo and it is important to choose a school that matches your needs and

Renting in Japan – A Beginner’s Guide

The system of renting in Japan, while not overly complex, can be daunting due to a lack of foreign language assistance. Employees of international companies dispatched to Japan will usually gain assistance through their employers, who often use large relocation

Basic Rules of Business in Japan

Working for a Japanese company or doing business in Japan involves a certain degree of ceremony and ritual, so it’s best to know the proper etiquette to avoid potential embarrassment or offense. Continue reading for a basic rundown on approaching

Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art was established in 1964 by industrialist Issey Hatakeyama, who was an avid art collector. The museum aims to preserve Japanese, Chinese and Korean art objects and has a particular focus on items related to

Ikedayama – A suburban oasis in central Tokyo

Get off the train at Gotanda and walk north from the station about five minutes and you’ll come to this surprisingly serene Tokyo neighborhood. Ikedayama is named after the Ikeda family of Okayama Castle, whose residence was located here during

Bread & Coffee IKEDAYAMA

A cafe and bakery at the base of Ikedayama, close to Gotanda Station. A windowed partition lets you see the bakers at work as they produce tasty breads and pastries.

A Personalized Approach: Tokyo Children’s Garden Preschool

These days, parents in Tokyo have a great deal of choice when it comes to international education. New schools are established each year, keeping pace with a steady increase in both the number of expats in Japan, and in interest

GOOD LIFE FACTORY

An organic salad specialty restaurant incorporating “superfoods” including hemp seed, chia seed, goji berry and quinoa. Choose from a range of delicious signature salads or create a custom salad choosing a base, toppings and dressing. Enjoy a wide range of

Genki Mobile

Genki Mobile offers affordable pocket Wi-Fi routers to visitors in Japan. They provide data usage of 1GB/day and full English customer support, making them stand out from their competitors. Genki Mobile uses NTT Docomo, one of the most popular service

Painting and Weaving Opportunity: Yohji Yamamoto・Yuuka Asakura

A collaboration between acclaimed fashion designer Yamamoto Yohji and artist Asakura Yuuka, Painting and Weaving is an exhibition of artworks and clothing-based installation pieces running at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery until mid-March. The Japanese title is “Ga to Ki”,

SAKURA -JAPAN IN THE BOX-

Meijiza is a theatre with over 140 years of history, located in the Nihonbashi area of central Tokyo. While the venue has over the years been host to traditional forms of drama including kabuki and shinpa, and more recently to

5 things to do for Setsubun

The 3rd of February is Setsubun, a special day marking the transition of winter into spring. While in reality the cold weather will probably continue well into March, it’s fun to get into the spirit of things by doing some

NoMad Grill & Lounge

Realizing Japanese hospitality and cuisine you can only find in Tokyo, NoMad Grill lounge is a steakhouse showing off the quality of Japanese ingredients, and a rooftop bar and lounge – a grown-up gathering space in the heart of the

Tokyo Takanawa Hospital

State-of-the-art facilities are fully equipped with the latest medical technology and staffed with highly trained medical personnel with a wide, multidisciplinary background who are experienced in handling even the most serious medical problems. The hospital includes an international clinic, with

Asakusa Disaster Prevention Seminar – Report

On Friday 25th November, Expat’s Guide staff attended a disaster prevention seminar at Taito Kumin Kaikan in Asakusa. The seminar included a lecture and a panel discussion, with an aim to increase awareness of both the dangers faced in the

Matsumotokiyoshi Ginza 5th Store

A drugstore that also sells a wide range of cosmetics.

Getting the Best Air Fares in Japan

A basic knowledge of how airline ticket booking works in Japan will help you navigate the various options, and allow you to get the best deals for domestic travel. When tickets go on sale For standard (non-discount) fares, airline tickets

How to: Karaoke in Japan

Japan is the birthplace of karaoke, and no trip to the country is complete until you’ve thrown your inhibitions aside and stepped up to the mic. Karaoke machines are common staples at “snack” bars, but by far the preferred setting

Inside the State Guest House

Visiting Akasaka Palace on one of its open days, you can take a tour through a series of lavishly decorated rooms on the second floor. Signage is in English and Japanese, and audio guides in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean

Akasaka Palace – The State Guest House

Wander south of Yotsuya station at the south-east corner of Shinjuku ward and you will find the road widens as it splits, towards Akasaka to the left and Meiji Jingu Gaien to the right. In between, behind tall gates of

Lost in Translation – Wasei Eigo

The mass importation of foreign words into the Japanese language can make communicating in Japan that little bit easier. English words are used for many foods and drinks, household wares, and a host of other items and concepts. However, some

5 Tips – Buying a Home in Japan

Tokyo rent might not be as expensive as London or New York… but it’s still pretty high! With interest rates in Japan so low now, however, this could be an excellent time to buy. There are a few things you’ll

LOCAVORE

A short distance from Yoyogi-Uehara Station in a quiet back street is this small eatery run by a husband (chef) and wife (sommelier) team. In the style of a Parisian bistro, the bright red exterior is easy to spot. The

SAGEMONOYA

Looking for antique NETSUKE? Sagemonoya, opened more than 25 years ago, is still the only gallery in Japan specializing in genuine antique Netsuke. A wide selection and price range of these miniature carvings are available, together with Inro, Ojime and

Counselling Tokyo

Jungian-based psychotherapy by Dr Gabriel Symonds, a British medical doctor licensed in Japan. In Dr Symonds’ experience, many patients with anxiety and depression are suffering from ‘problems of living’ rather than mental illnesses. This is discussed further on the website.

5 Tokyo Stations for Anime Fans

Sound effects and jingles are a big part of everyday life in Tokyo. Among the sounds heard most often in the city are so-called , the tunes played on station platforms when a train is about to leave. In the

Asakusa Yabusame

Among the lesser known of Japan’s martial arts is yabusame, a form of horseback archery. Yabusame events take place across the country throughout the year. Expat’s Guide went along to this year’s Asakusa Yabusame event, held at Sumida Park. Yabusame

Manekineko

Experience the joy of singing any time at Manekineko! With a large English song selection on the latest, easy-to-use machines, as well as a wide variety of food and drink on offer, Manekineko is an excellent place to enjoy singing

7 Tokyo Rail Hacks

Once you get used to the overcrowding, get to know which lines intersect at which stations, and which lines are operated by which companies, Tokyo’s rail network is not so difficult to navigate. Still, there are a few tips and

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