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From traditional performances to contemporary arts, the festival presents a full palette of art experiences in one

As the autumn approaches, why not fall into the world of art and culture at the Tokyo Creative Weeks? The TCW is a seven-week festival celebrating traditional culture and contemporary art in various venues around the city. The festival offers fascinating exhibits, as well as interactive programs. For the season dubbed in Japan as a...

Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments | 4,714 views
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Sushi’s your bag, baby!

Ever want to make the airport luggage carousel look like a kaiten-zushi conveyor belt? Parco now offers nylon suitcase covers that will turn your travel bag into a massive piece of maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), tamago (egg) or salmon sushi. Priced at ¥3,024, they’re available at Shibuya Parco Part-1 and Omise Parco on the fourth...

Oct 4, 2014 | No Comments | 2,743 views
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A month of face painting and kids’ parades

Halloween enthusiasts looking for a month-long celebration of everything spooky should head over to Tokyo Dome City’s Happy Halloween 2014, a family-friendly event full of Halloween-themed eats and attractions. There’s plenty to keep the children entertained, such as the Halloween Kids’ Parade (registration required) held on the 18th, as well as face painting 2-4pm weekends...

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments | 547 views
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Home stuff and French toast in Jiyugaoka

Reminiscent of U.S. women’s retailer Anthropologie without the clothes, Jiyugaoka’s Timeless Comfort is one of those home shops where you covet everything in sight. The first floor has colorful, useful kitchen items including cast-iron cookware and the usual accoutrements, plus a café ensconced at the back where you can get bagel French toast for ¥702....

Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments | 552 views
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Unfold your seat on command

Face it: in Japan, the ratio of available seating to time spent waiting just sucks. Smartphone games and apps help kill the time, but what will rescue your poor aching feet? That’s where the ingenious Book Stool from Going Furniture sweeps in to save your soles. This 5cm-thick portable “book” fans out in a flash...

Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments | 366 views
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Four-in-one makeup remover

Japanese women rarely step out the door without perfectly applied makeup. But at the end of the day, makeup removal is a four-step regime including cleansing, foam wash, skin lotion and moisturizer—plus optional skin cream. U.K.-based cosmetics retailer Make It & Co. now offers a Face & Body Wash Oil (¥6,800, 200ml) that covers all...

Sep 22, 2014 | No Comments | 729 views
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