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TAPAS MOLECULAR BAR IN TOKYO,JAPAN

It was only a matter of time, with molecular gastronomy sweeping the globe, before it made its way across the Pacific. Tapas Molecular Bar, located in the magnificent lobby of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, is an introduction to Japan’s inventive and imaginative food. The sushi seat in the restaurant, which seats a maximum of seven customers …

Maidreamin Maid Cafe in Akihabara

One of Japan’s many popular theme cafés is the Akihabara maidreamin Maid Café. It’s all about having a good time in brightly decorated rooms with a groovy dance vibe. When a female isn’t singing and dancing on stage, she engages in conversation with the audience, welcoming them into their dreamy world for a unique eating …

Hip Hop Club Harlem in Tokyo, Japan

Following its opening in 1997, HARLEM continued to support the Japanese hip-hop scene as the “holy land of hip-hop,” and has since become a household name in Japan and around the world. It would not be an exaggeration to call the DJs in charge of the incredible dance floor the best in the country for …

Aquvii store with an array of trinkets and accessories

  It’s a little boutique, but they’ve packed every square inch with merchandise from largely Japanese artists and brands. In Japanese, the name Aquvii sounds like “akubi” or “yawn.” They think that good things should be passed on to those around you in the same way that a yawn can be shared from one person …

Daimyo Graveyards

In Tokugawa Japan, the majority of domains created a graveyard just for their daimyo and their spouses. Chôshû was unique in that it had two, each separated from the other but situated on the fringes of Hagi, the castle town. The first to be built was on the grounds of the Zen Temple Daishôin, which …

Domain Schools (HANKÔ) in Tokugawa period

Prior to the middle of the eighteenth century, only a very small percentage of domains—perhaps as few as forty—established official schools for their retainers. Following that, the number rose consistently, and between the late 18th century and the end of the Tokugawa era, it rose quickly. There were at least 225 schools operating by the …

Osaka – Japan

Osaka, which is usually pronounced just “Osaka,” is a designated city in Japan’s Kansai prefecture on the island of Honshu. The third most populous city in Japan, after Special wards of Tokyo and Yokohama, it serves as the capital and largest city of Osaka Prefecture. It is also the largest part of the Keihanshin Metropolitan …

Kawasaki – Kanagawa

One of the major cities in the Greater Tokyo Area and the Keihin Industrial Area is Kawasaki (Kawasaki-shi), which is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. After Yokohama, it is the second most populous city in Kanagawa Prefecture and the eighth most populous city in all of Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area). With …

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Kazuki Takahashi’s manga series “King of Games” was written and illustrated in Japan. Between September 1996 and March 2004, it was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shnen Jump magazine. The story revolves around a little child named Yugi Mutou who solves the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi wakes a gambling alter-ego or spirit within his body that …

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike directed Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, a 2011 Japanese drama film. Jeremy Thomas and Toshiaki Nakazawa, who previously worked with Miike on his 2010 film 13 Assassins, produced the picture. The film is a remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri, which was released in 1962. It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film …