Drinking too much alcohol is always not good for your physical and mental health. It sometimes can also ruin not only your life but also your favorite people’s life. However, it doesn’t mean that alcohol is always bad. Controlling yourself is very important when drinking alcohol. You all may already know or have some kind of experience, but proper amount alcohol can make fun and good atmosphere. Maybe that is why some people love to have drinking parties every weekend.
It is same in Japan. Some people are not interested in alcohol while others love to. Some just like the atmosphere of drinking with their favorite people while others love to drink and taste of alcohol itself. You can find uncountable Izakaya, which means Japanese style pub, in Japan. Some places feature traditional styles but you can can also find from modern rooftop bars to funny themed bars. In this article, I will introduce several cool bars in Tokyo.
Through our previous article, we have looked for the way to rent a house or flat in Japan. Despite of the size of room, we have desire to project our values and lifestyles to our room. You will not have to worry about buying furniture if you decide to live in share house. However, if you are renting a flat you have to buy everything from lighting lamp to bed. In this article, I will introduce several shops where you can buy interior products and furniture.
[source : https://www.nitori-net.jp/store/ja/ec/]
Nitori is Japanese version of IKEA. You can buy a lot of types of furniture with reasonable price; however, some items are DIY style. If you are willing to pay more, for sure, the staff will make it and place it into your favorite place as well. Pots and pans, microwave, bed, closets, dining table, sofa, TV board, and even Christmas tree… Nitori has nearly everything we need in our daily life. Here is also good place to shop for people who live in share house because Nitori sells bedding sets, cups and plates.
What is an image of house to you? What is the typical image of house in your country? I used to live in a city, for a short term, where is usually considered to be very expensive to live, and needed to pay 1,400 dollars per month for renting one room. It was a share house. I needed to share bathroom, living room, and kitchen with others but rental fee was unbelievable!
There are several conditions you have to check in advance when you are planning to rent a flat in Japan. First, there are mainly 3 types of houses in Japan; wooden, steel frame, steel concrete. Wooden houses are cheap but it is cold in winter and hot in summer. In addition, noise issues can be raised since you will be able to listen to upstairs sound of footsteps. Steel frame houses are better than wooden house, but it still has the problem of noise. Steel concrete houses are the best option when thinking about noise and temperature; however, it is usually very expensive.
If you are planning to live for a long term in Japan, the first issue you face will be probably ‘where to live’. Buying a house, Tokyo in particular, is extremely expensive so that normally it is very difficult to afford. For example, if you want to buy a very small flat near Oshiage station, where Skytree is, you will have to pay more than 20 million yen(USD 181,820). If you go farther from the station the price goes down; however, it is still over JPY 10 million yen(USD 90,910). Want to live about 30 minutes away from Shinjuku station by subway with your family? A newly-built flat with 3 bedrooms, living room and kitchen costs 100 million yen(USD 909,155). The price can differ from age and condition of building; however, it usually costs more than 50 million yen(USD 454,650).
Nowadays, it is not difficult to find sushi restaurants from all over the world. There are a lot of places where we can have Japanese food and sushi. Many travelers eager to have fresh and high quality sushi during their visit to Japan and probably this is why people line up for a restaurant at Tsukiji market from early in the morning. However, the world of sushi is endless and you may be led to pay more than a few hundred dollars if you want to have super high quality sushi at posh restaurant.
Not every each person can afford expensive sushi. A person like me even doesn’t know the difference between expensive and cheap sushi. But no worries. There is a way we can try pretty good quality sushi with reasonable price. The answer is going to sushi belt, which is also called as 100 yen sushi or rotating sushi. There are several big franchises in Japan where you can have sushi with cheap price, and today I am going to introduce these places through this article.
[source : https://retro-video-gaming.com]
Gaming industry is developing day by day and nowadays we can play games with big screen and high quality graphics. However, I guess some of you were kids playing video and arcade games with not really good quality graphic and simple controllers. Since Japan has been taking a big part of game industry for a long time, it is hard to say about retro games without mentioning Japanese games. If you are traveling to Tokyo, there are some places where you can buy or play retro games.
In previous article, we have looked for SEGA, one of the biggest game centers in Japan, and some popular games you can play there. Japanese game industry has been prospering for a long time and every year a lot of new games are released. In particular, you will feel Japan as heaven if you are a big fan of video games. Video gaming is a major industry in Japan and companies such as SEGA, Sony, Namco, Capcom, and NEC led the golden age of video games.
With development of home video game consoles such as Nintendo and PlayStation, many people lost their reason to go to game centers and spend a lot of coins for defeating their enemies or achieving aimed scores. Instead, people could enjoy those games at home. These types of game consoles also provide online service so that you may play game together with a person from different side of the world. In this article, we will look for some recommended games.
Do you love games? Personally I had no such interest about games so far; however, nowadays I feel that watching(not playing) game videos is pretty fun. Recently I bought Nintendo Switch to play some games like Mario Kart and Little Nightmares. Honestly I feel I am horrible at playing games but I am still enjoying it.
Japan, especially Tokyo, is jam-packed with tons of game stores and arcades. There are hundreds of places where you can meet and play your beloved games. Every electronics department store located in downtown Tokyo features game soft for Nintendo, Play Station, and X Box. There also are at least more than one game arcades in downtown. In this article, we will look for game arcades and game stores in Tokyo.
[source : https://www.japantimes.co.jp/films/maiko-wa-lady/]
Have you watched a movie film ‘the memoirs of geisha’? It originally is a best-seller novel about the girl called ‘Chiyo’ become most popular geisha in Japan. Though this movie was criticized by some people due to the fact that Orientalism was somehow involved in whole movie and actors were not Japanese but Chinese.
However, it is also true that this novel and movie at least have spread the term ‘Geisha’ to the world, though it was correct information or not. And there is a place in Japan, especially in Kyoto, where you can be costumed like a real maiko, who is being in training for becoming geisha, and walk around the street to take pictures. In this article, we will look for some shops where you can be transformed to Geisha for a day.
Many people love to try authentic foods from all over the world. However, some of them also like to learn how to cook different country’s dishes. Do you want to take part in cooking classes in Japan and learn how to cook Japanese food? No worries. There are a lot of studios where you can learn how to cook various types of foods from Japanese traditional one to bakeries. In this article, we will look for cooking classes you may participate while your stay or visit in Japan.
abc cooking studio
ABC cooking studio is one of the most famous and popular cooking studios in Japan. The surprising point of ABC cooking studio is that you can try their trial lesson only with 500 yen. However, you should be careful that trial classes are given in Japanese. ABC cooking studio do provide English classes for foreign customers; however, classes in English usually costs more than 50 dollars. From sushi rolls to green tea tiramisu, you can participate in various classes and will not have any difficulty because whole class is given in English. You can make a reservation from their website.