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Japan-Indonesia Friendship Festival

Japan-Indonesia Friendship Festival

Summertime means a stream of international festivals at the event square in Yoyogi Park, a lively collection of good food, good music, good shopping, interesting performances, and some imported beer to top it all off. With that criteria, the Japan-In..

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Where to eat

Falafel Brothers

Falafel Brothers

Even in a city as large and cosmopolitan as Tokyo, certain foods can be hard to find if you don't know where to look. Something that I'd been craving (and had greatly missed!) for quite some time were falafels. Patties made of chickpeas and b..

Tree by Naked

Tree by Naked

We eat seeds all the time. Yet, from spitting sunflower shells at baseball games to happily munching everything bagels in the morning, we rarely notice the beauty behind what we’re actually consuming. [photo id='187861'] Tree by NAKED yoyogi pa..

Soup Plus

Soup Plus

A bowl of soup is great comfort food, and some kinds of soup - chicken soup, borscht and tomato soup - are not only soothing but touted as remedies for all kinds of ailments. Soup Plus, a tiny shop just off Omotesando, goes a little further with its ..

Places to stay

Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Faced with a late night and early next-day departure from Tokyo one time, I decided (as I often do) that it would be easier to stay in town rather than go home then get up early and come back in again for my bus. Not needing luxury I looked for somew..

Fresh Share House Jingumae

Fresh Share House Jingumae

The Fresh Share House Jingumae in Shibuya is one of many beautiful share houses in Tokyo, nestled in a quiet little area ten minutes away from Shibuya crossing. I know- ‘quiet’ and ‘Shibuya’ don’t tend to go together, bu..

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

This grand hotel towers above its neighbors in the business end of Shibuya. On a fine day you can see Mount Fuji on one side and Tokyo Tower on the other side, and it is just a five minute walk west of the station. It is therefore also only a short w..

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Three Tips on Traveling in Japan

Three Tips on Traveling in Japan

I arrived in Japan on September 3rd with an interesting mix of unease and excitement. Here I was, a Gaijin (foreigner) who didn't speak a word of Japanese and knew very little about Japanese culture, entering Tokyo's maw. Things could go sple..

WeWork Iceberg

WeWork Iceberg

The American shared workspace company, WeWork, launched its 6th Tokyo location in August 2018 – promising to be one of its most glamorous locations yet. Born out of New York in 2010, the WeWork shared office empire now spans 87 cities in 23 cou..

Real-life Locations of Your Name Part 2

Real-life Locations of Your Name Part 2

The following set of locations that are featured in Your Name are a little bit more off the radar in the film, but they still show where Makoto Shinkai drew inspiration from. These real-life locations also makes Taki and Mitsuha’s journey feel ..

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About Shibuya

If you could only choose one place to shop in Tokyo, then Shibuya is the place to be. Famous for its busy and colorful district, packed to the gills with shops, restaurants, clubs and avid shoppers. Shibuya is also famous for its enormous intersection which hundreds of people crossing at any one time. You can even experience this marvelous view from the second story window of the probably most profitable Starbucks in the world.

Just around the corner you will find Center Gai, a busy pedestrian area filled with shops selling the latest wear and accessories. Strolling through this neon lit zone is an experience in itself. For the ladies it would be a sin to miss out on the iconic cylindrical building that is known as Shibuya 109, where you can find hundreds of boutiques spanning ten floors of fashionable goodness. However, do not fear gents, because there is a Shibuya 109 Men opposite from Starbucks, although not as grand as its counterpart.

Over a dozen department stores are dotted around the area, where corporate giants Seibu and Tokyu own the majority of them. As for dining, you are spoilt for choice since you can find pretty much any type of cuisine to suit even the fussiest of eaters. You can entertain yourself endlessly by going the one of the many game centers, indoor sports facilities, cinemas, clubs, bars, the list goes on.

However, do not fear if you are a bit scared of the crowds; there is much more to discover in the surprisingly quiet back streets. I am thinking of the goat cafe just a 5-minute walk from the station. In that same are is a wonderful macrobiotic cafe, run by a young couple, and they serve excellent vegan but very creative food. For a very different bar experience, check out Nonbei Yokocho, or Drunkard’s Alley, also just a stone's throw away from the station—just to give you a few ideas.

Shibuya’s icon is the infamous Hachiko dog statue, situated next to the train station's exit with the same name (Hachiko exit). You can see people taking snaps of the floppy-eared canine with their cell phone cameras at any given moment. This is quite possibly the most famous waiting area in all of Japan, as is evident by the dense crowd that engulfs the area. If you actually want to find someone who is waiting for you in this area, then I advise you to meet in front of the green train carriage adjacent to Hachiko.

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