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Comparing The Changing Landscape of Akihabara Today and Ten Years Ago

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Tokyo can sometimes seem less of a city than a polymorphous, ever-changing organism. Each month brings new buildings and infrastructure, all in the name of a constant cycle of construction, destruction, and redevelopment.
An attempt to keep track of these never-ending transformatio...

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Japan’s First Gel Nail Tryvertising Concept Shop JellyNail

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The first tryvertising gel nail concept shop opened in Japan on December 13th.
JellyNail is located in Daikanyama, the high-end retail district on the edge of Shibuya. Customers can drop in and try out gel nail styles for free as well as get advice on nail art, colors, patterns, an...

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Tsutaya Opens New Coworking and Relaxation Space in Shinjuku

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The rental DVD, books and entertainment retail chain Tsutaya once had a large branch on the east of Shinjuku Station. This was demolished a few years ago and reopened as a leaner branch with other tenants. Then the Tsutaya completely transferred to another branch in Kabukicho. Howe...

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Miniature Kumamoto Castle Exhibition Lets You Marvel At its Remarkable Architecture Up Close

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The intricate displays offer an alternative perspective on one of Japan’s finest castles.
Known to be one of the most popular castles in Japan, Kumamoto Castle is truly a sight to behold. Unfortunately the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake devastated parts of the magnificent castle, and acce...

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New Tokyo Fish Market to Open on Oct 11, 2018

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TOKYO ­-Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market will move to a new site on Oct 11, the capital's governor said Wednesday, ending years of delays marked by scandals and emotional divisions among fishmongers.
Yuriko Koike's decision should also clear the way for a key transport hub for the...

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Love-themed Bookstore Bar Run by Hosts Opens in Kabukicho, Shinjuku

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One of the big changes in the Tokyo landscape in recent years has been the ongoing gentrification of the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku. Long a no-go zone unless you wanted to visit one of the less than savory establishments that Tokyo had to offer, the gangsters and pimp have been...

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Kengo Kuma to Design New Meiji Jingu Museum, Opening in Autumn 2019

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A new museum will open in Meiji Shrine (or Meiji Jingu), the central Tokyo shrine linked to the Imperial Family that is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, Meiji Jingu Museum is set to open in autumn 2019 to coincide with ce...

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Somenova Offers DIY Dyeing Workspace for Hobbyists and Artists Alike

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Somenova, a do-it-yourself dyeing workspace opening this month in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, is as much a response to today’s booming DIY movement as it is a reclamation of Japan’s crafts heritage.
 
Somenova is a venture of Katsuraya Fine Goods, a fabric and craft store founded ...

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Famously Lonely Elephant Hanako Honored with Statue at Kichijoji Station

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Tokyo has a new landmark, but it’s not in the center of the city and it’s certainly not a sight you might immediately associate with Japan’s capital.
A popular elephant called Hanako now has a statue in her honor standing outside Kichijoji Station in west Tokyo.
The elephant was a ...

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Universal Studios in Osaka Unveils World's Biggest Minion Area

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OSAKA - Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday.
The Minion Park, the Osaka amusement park's newest movie-themed area built on about 8,...

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