Disco dancing the night away

| Feb 2, 2017

Disco dancing the night away

Live Disco Night 2017 will take place on March 2 at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, featuring two bands, Ginza Kento’s Bless of G.K. and The Mint Factory. Starting at 7 p.m., live performances of disco classics, R&B, and soul music of ...

Good fortune in the Tokyo suburbs

| Jan 28, 2017

Good fortune in the Tokyo suburbs

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The Tokyu Setagaya Line, a sweet little tramline, makes stops between Sangenjaya and Shimotakaido stations. A mere 5.1 kilometers long and one of only two trams left in Tokyo (the other being the Toden Arakawa Line), the Setagaya Line boasts a sleek fleet in ...

Craft beer for winter cheer

| Jan 26, 2017

Craft beer for winter cheer

In good news for beer-lovers, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering two free-flowing beverage courses through Feb. 28 at the Caffe. The first is the Yona Yona Beer Plan (¥6,000), featuring the amber-colored Yona Yona Ale, an early pioneer of Japan’s craft beer that ...

Accommodation plan fit for a queen

| Jan 19, 2017

Accommodation plan fit for a queen

For women feeling like they want to be treated like a queen, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is offering a Marie Antoinette-inspired accommodation plan through Feb. 26. The Marie Antoinette Luxury Nail Stay Plan, priced at ¥1 million (for two people), includes a night’s stay ...

Quality time for mothers, daughters

| Jan 12, 2017

Quality time for mothers, daughters

In order to make the happy occasion of starting spring more special as a university graduate, freshman or new worker, Tokyo Station Hotel is offering a mother-daughter “Spring Celebration” accommodation plan until April 28. This unique offer provides a private occasion for daughters to ...

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

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Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

Jan 7, 2017

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

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When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

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“Is the temperature alright for you ma’am?” my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. “It’s perfect.” Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with ...