Shopping at Japan’s Discount Fashion and Home Goods Store

Shopping at Japan’s Discount Fashion and Home Goods Store

My family has been shopping at Sanki since I was in middle school and it was our go-to retail store to find clothes and household items at great discounted prices. We view Sanki as a cross between Walmart and Ross.

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The Mysterious Yanaka Cat Town in Nippori, Japan with Cat Tail Donuts

The Mysterious Yanaka Cat Town in Nippori, Japan with Cat Tail Donuts

We were looking for places in Tokyo that was more low-key and not bombarded by tourists and stumbled upon a city called Yanaka, also known as Yanaka Cat Town, which is located in Nippori. It was a breathe of fresh air stopping by here after being surrounded by an immense crowd at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.

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8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Asakusa Sensoji Temple During Cherry Blossom Season

8 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Asakusa Sensoji Temple During Cherry Blossom Season

We feel lucky that we grew up in Narita as it is home to a gorgeous Shinshoji Temple, so we rarely ventured out to other temples in Japan. This year, Crystal wanted to visit the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, which is about an hour and a half away from our hometown.

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Enjoy Green Tea and Desserts At This Beautiful Hidden Japanese Garden in Japan

Enjoy Green Tea and Desserts At This Beautiful Hidden Japanese Garden in Japan

Miyoshiya is quiet hidden gem and it can easily be missed as it’s nestled in a small alleyway along Omotesando (表参道), a road that approaches a temple. The alleyway opens up to an intricate Japanese garden which instantly takes you back in time as it’s a stark contrast to the bustling streets.

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Experience A Fascinating Digital Art Museum with teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Japan

Experience A Fascinating Digital Art Museum with teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Japan

When we think of museums, we picture large white spaces with artwork hanging on the walls or sculptures in the middle of an open space. You stare at the piece, perhaps read the description, and then move on to the next piece of artwork. At teamLab Borderless, it is a completely different experience. It’s a group of digital artworks that creates a borderless world where you find yourself roaming around exploring for hours in awe.

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Our Cherry Blossom Experience At The Famous Meguro River in Tokyo

Our Cherry Blossom Experience At The Famous Meguro River in Tokyo

We usually visit our family in Japan during the holidays but this year we made it a point to visit during the cherry blossom season so that we could see these special trees blooming in Tokyo at Meguro River. We haven’t seen the cherry blossoms in a very long time and to be honest, I don’t think we really appreciated it as much as we should have while we were living in Japan. We weren’t going to take it for granted this time!

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Dine With Locals in Japan at a Beautiful Countryside Cafe: Eagle 137

Dine With Locals in Japan at a Beautiful Countryside Cafe: Eagle 137

This year when I returned home to Japan, I was looking forward to visiting my best friend’s cafe Eagle 137. It’s located in Kashiwa and it’s not your average tourist spot. Actually, it’s not touristy at all as it’s where the locals go to unwind, relax, and eat delicious local ingredients.

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What to Wear in Japan During Spring's Cherry Blossom Season

What to Wear in Japan During Spring's Cherry Blossom Season

This time of year in Japan can be tricky to pack for. It’s a transitional season where some days you’ll be fine wearing just a sweater, but other days you’ll find yourself needing a coat. Here are some of our suggestions on what to wear during the early spring cherry blossom season in Japan.

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Best Things to Buy at the Daiso Store in Japan AKA The Dollar Store

Best Things to Buy at the Daiso Store in Japan AKA The Dollar Store

One of the stores we always make a visit to while we're in Japan is the Daiso store. Daiso was around when we were kids, but throughout the years, their products have really expanded. Daiso is a huge franchise that sells a range of products from kitchen goods to travel goods to stationery and more all priced at 100 yen (~US $1). 

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10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Trip to Japan

10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Trip to Japan

Preparing for any trip can be overwhelming, especially if you are traveling overseas for a long period of time. We have traveled to Japan countless number of times, so we've become pros at getting ready for our trip.  These are some tips on how to prepare for your trip to Japan.

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Kata Beach of Phuket Thailand - A Nice Alternative to Patong Beach

Kata Beach of Phuket Thailand - A Nice Alternative to Patong Beach

If you’re in Phuket and don’t have time to visit Phi Phi islands, Kata Beach is a nice alternative. My friends and I were staying at the Amari Phuket hotel and didn’t make it in time to visit Phi Phi Islands on our first day, so the travel agent at the hotel suggested visiting the nearby Kuta Beach.

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Amari Phuket: Gorgeous Hotel in Patong Thailand

Amari Phuket: Gorgeous Hotel in Patong Thailand

I wasn’t originally thinking of staying at Amari Phuket, but I’m sure glad I did. My friend, Negin, found this beautiful hotel and it is a gigantic place close to the famous Patong beach. Patong beach is known for party-goers, so it can be a bit loud at night if your hotel is right on that street, but this resort was up on a hill away from all the noise which was perfect for me. 

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Island Hopping Phi Phi Islands of Thailand

Island Hopping Phi Phi Islands of Thailand

I thought the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean were beautiful but Phi Phi islands is on a whole another level. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and clear the water was at these islands. It’s one of those locations you see on the Travel Channel or National Geographic magazines. It was just unreal.

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Soulshine Bali - A Little Piece of Paradise

Soulshine Bali - A Little Piece of Paradise

Soulshine Bali is located in Ubud and it is the perfect little paradise where you can truly unwind and feel at peace. The resort is located literally in the middle of the rice fields and the Ayung river flows right next to it where the locals bathe and wash their laundry. The entrance is gorgeous in itself with bamboo trees and a pathway leading to the main building with positive messages.

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