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Jillian @ Passport Out

Side Trip from Tokyo: Nikkō

Nikkō may just be 125 kilometers North of Tokyo, but the air here feels quite different. Your 2- to 4-hour travel time (depending on where you’re coming from, and how you’re going there) will transport you to this city tucked well within the mountainous parts of Tochigi Prefecture....

Yakumo Saryo’s Sabo Teahouse

Caught up in the middle of Shibuya Crossing on a weekend afternoon, or stuck in the Tokyu Toyoko Line during a weekday rush hour, trying to find peace of mind in Tokyo may seem like an impossible task. But, if your idea of quieting your thoughts equates to sipping tea by a Zen garden, a 12-minute walk from Toritsu Daigaku Station, or a 5-minute car ride from Nakameguro might do the trick. ...

Tokyo Street Style

The Japanese value appearances as much as any other East Asian does. When in Tokyo, it might be best to dress as the Tokyoites do. After all, it’s easier to approach a local, and ask for directions, when you feel irredeemably lost, if you feel confident that you look decent enough to be received well....

Dabbling Into Abenomics: Cheaper Yen

When frolicking around Shinjuku or hunting for the best bargains in Aoyama, a visitor would hardly notice that Japan has been in recession for the past few decades. Dig deeper – maybe, listen to the whines of Japanese friends here and there – and it will be difficult to not notice how the Japanese are spending less and less each year....

CLASKA Gallery & Shop ‘Do’

There is something intimate about the feel of handcrafted products. Somehow, touching them evoke the warmth and comfort of home, almost as though the emotions of the maker quietly reach you from deep within what has been made. It is difficult to come by products thoughtfully and carefully crafted by hand, though, even in the retail haven that is Tokyo. Good thing, a few brands are hard at work, trying to fill the void....

Despedida

Tokyo’s Omotesando may be popular for its modern art galleries and its ultra-chic shopping boulevard, but coffee-lovers and foodie travelers alike almost always find themselves in its backstreets, braving an unmarked residential area, in search of the holy grail of Tokyo’s Third Wave Coffee....

Tokyo’s Coffee Landscape

Coffee is not part of Tokyo’s history, as it seems to be in most European cities, where entire subcultures revolve around hanging out in cafés, but the caffeine-laced drink is slowly climbing its way up the city’s pedestal. With independently owned coffee shops breaking the mold, and pioneering the introduction of Third Wave Coffee in Tokyo, the Tokyo scene is beginning to pique the interest of coffee lovers from all over Asia....

カキモリ Kakimori

The best words don’t come as easily, when you are right in front of a screen with fingers on a keyboard. You have to let yourself go with the flow and rhythm of a pen gliding on paper. Creating the perfect moment for the best story or love letter to blossom stands on its own as an intimate experience. Then, only the best implements will cut it. If you need help with setting the stage for that, Kakimori would most likely be your best bet....

Tokyo Metro 101

Taking the train is the best way to get to know the city. As they say, if you want the full experience, do it like the locals do. Tokyo’s metro system is not that friendly, though, even when everything seems to be written in Roman characters to not scare tourists. Here are our tips on how to weave through the Tokyo metro like a pro:...

Focus On: Dubai

When a conversation finds its way to anything that has to do with Dubai, name-dropping the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and the Palm Jumeirah is somehow expected. Dubai, after all, attracts foreign visitors with its world-renowned billion-dollar megaprojects. The city may have already been considered as a major trading port for commodities as far back as the 1970s, but it wasn’t known as a tourism and retail hotspot until recent years....

Focus On: Beijing

Now home to more than 21,000,000 people, Beijing is considered to be one of the most populous cities in the world with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts. The city’s population has grown by 53% in the course of 14 years*, with a population density of a whopping 1,230 people per square meter in 2011....