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How to Celebrate Setsubun with Kids

Looking for fun ways to introduce (or re-introduce!) this February holiday to your little ones? Our ideas below offer suggestions based on tradition, but with contemporary kids in…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For Jan. 30 – Feb. 5

We're a few weeks away from spring. This month it's all about celebrating Setsubun for luck, Valentines for love and plum blossoms for new beginnings. Here are our…

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Kinkan: The Tiniest Citrus Fruit, With an Edible Peel

Elevate any snack at a moment’s notice—and maybe attract some health and wealth in the New Year—with this candied kumquat recipe.

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Tokyo Art Scene: Challenging The World Today

This week we introduce you to three on-going exhibitions featuring modern design and contemporary artists, each raising questions about the state of the world we live in.

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5 Skin Issues Resolved by Japanese Skincare Products

For those of you who dream of having nothing but flawless skin, it’s time to try out some of Savvy Tokyo’s ultimate Japanese skincare product picks.

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For January 23-29

Just like that, we're on our last week of January. While we still have a few weeks of chilly winter days and cold nights, we might as well…

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Raising Black Biracial Children in Japan

Sometimes the biggest challenges we foresee for our children are the ones we’ve faced ourselves.

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5 Seasonal Vegetables to Buy in Japan This Winter

Winter doesn’t have to mean meat and potatoes! Get to know Japan’s delicious seasonal vegetable picks for the chilliest time of year.

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For January 16-22

This week, don't let the cold keep you indoors. Head out to Yoyogi Park for an eco-friendly bazaar or head to Roppongi for outdoor ice skating, there's still…

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The Savvy Tokyo Guide to Divorce in Japan

Your step-by-step guide to getting divorced in Japan.

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Tokyo Art Scene: Fashioning the Urban Life

Three on-going exhibitions in Tokyo teaches us about the cultural and artistic movements stirred by urbanization.

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Tokyo Hospitals and Clinics Welcoming Birth Partners

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but one that brings its own unique challenges under Covid. Although many hospitals and clinics don’t allow birth partners in Japan, we’ve rounded…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For January 9-15

Welcome to 2023! For this week's events, we roundup different festivals, flea markets and illuminations. Try something new and jumpstart the year on the right foot.

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The Savvy Tokyo Guide to Marriage in Japan

Your step-by-step guide to getting married in Japan.

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Frosty Petals: Introducing Five Japanese Winter Flowers

As the falling leaves give way to snow flurries and the bright autumn colors fade into the grays and blues of winter, cold season flowers in Japan enliven…

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Recipe: Amazake Purin For The Japanese New Year

The classic Japanese custard pudding gets a seasonal twist with amazake.

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Happy New Year To Our Readers

We can't believe it's the end of 2022!

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Osechi Ryori: The Hidden Meanings Behind Japanese New Year Food

They’re pretty, they’re delicious and they’re symbolic.

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Letters from Japan: “Confusing Situation”

Savvy Tokyo's resident "Love in Japan" columnist, Hilary Keyes, answers anonymous questions from readers on everything from dating in Japan to women’s health issues. Got a question you’d…

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5 Tokyo Coat Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Winter 2022/2023

Are you feeling that sudden hit of cold as soon as you step out the door? Winter is here, meaning we need a coat and we need one…

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This New Year: Tokyo Area Events For Dec 26, 2022-Jan 9, 2023

The bonenkai are over and the Christmas presents are unwrapped, so it's time to bid goodbye to anything work-related and get in the festive mood proper. Here is…

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Japanese Christmas Culture Shock and the Ideal Holi-Date

Fried chicken and strawberry shortcake after working all day—welcome to a typical Christmas Eve date in Japan!

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Tokyo Art Scene: Journey to the Earth

Acquaint yourself with our earth through art. We introduce three exhibitions in Tokyo for you to visit during your free time.

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Christmas Cakes in Japan: An Affectionate History

Move over cookies! Unlike in many western nations, where Christmas cakes must share their holiday crown with a wealth of other sweets, from candy canes to gingerbread cookies,…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For December 19-25

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Make the most out of the holiday season this week with a visit to one of the many Christmas markets…

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Speech Delays In Bilingual Kids

Expectations and experiences when raising bilingual kids.

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From Baths to Tea: 5 Ways to Use Yuzu to Survive Winter in Japan

In Japan, the citrus fruit yuzu brings a burst of brightness that cuts through the longest night of the year: the winter solstice.

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How To Find A Foreign Baby Name That Also Works in Japanese

Looking for a cross-cultural name for your little one? We have you covered! Read on for a how-to guide on finding names from non-Japanese languages that would feel…

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How To Choose the Best Online Tutoring Service in Tokyo

Are you looking for an online tutoring service but don't know where to start? Don't worry! With the help of TigerCampus, we’ve covered everything you need to know…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For December 12-18

The holiday season is officially in full swing. Take your time going through your wishlists and planning out your weekends with these non-stop holiday events peppered all throughout…

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10 Must-Visit Restaurants Serving Vegan in Tokyo

With hundreds of eateries serving everything from sushi to hamburgers, it can be hard to choose where to go for vegan food in Tokyo. Whether it's because they…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For December 5 – 11

This week, get into a festive mood with a visit to the various Christmas markets, illumination events and Christmas concerts around Tokyo. Now is a good a time…

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The Art of Kokedama

Introduce harmony into your living space with a touch of bonsai-inspired garden art.

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Tokyo Art Scene: European Art in Marunouchi

Among other things Marunouchi is famous for, art excursions should be on top of that list. To accompany your walks through the sleek shopping district, stop by these…

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Letters from Japan: ‘Speech Troubles’

Savvy Tokyo's resident "Love in Japan" columnist, Hilary Keyes, answers anonymous questions from readers on everything from dating in Japan to women’s health issues. Got a question you’d…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

As the autumn season comes to a close, it's time to gear up for year end festivities. This week's events are all about the gift of giving, spending…

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Get to Know 5 Great Japanese Children’s Book Authors

While there is a time and place in most homes for blockbuster volumes of Disney books, make space on your little one’s bookshelf for modern Japanese children’s literature,…

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For November 21 – 27

Celebrate the autumn foliage at its peak from the summit of Mount Takao to the trees in Yoyogi park. Whether you're warming up at a Nabe (hotpot) festival,…

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Hafu: The Ups And Downs Of Being ‘Half Japanese’ In Japan

I don’t look Japanese enough. I don’t speak enough Japanese. So, does that mean I’m not Japanese?

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Tokyo Art Scene: Into The New World

Life does not have to be boring and dull, see how these three Japanese artists utilize mundane subject matters to create works of art.

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Processing Overseas Loss And Grief As An Expat

Grieving from halfway across the world is a heavy feat. Savvy Tokyo spoke with Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita for some insight on dealing with expat grief.

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For Nov. 14-20

As the autumn leaves slowly start to reach their peak its as good of a time as any to spend your week outdoors. From the bright yellow trees…

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5 Standout White Truffle Courses This Fall

November is like early Christmas for truffle fans. That’s when fresh white truffles—Italy’s coveted and short-seasoned delicacy—finally debut, bringing their distinctive aroma and earthy flavor to our tables.

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Thanksgiving In Tokyo: 8 Spots To Gobble Down The Holiday

This season, give thanks to friends and family by ditching the oven and celebrating out in the city! 

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5 Stunning Rose Gardens In And Around Tokyo

Let your senses be overwhelmed by the fragrant and beautiful display of autumnal roses in the Kanto area.

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This Week: At Home And Around Tokyo For Nov 7-13

What better way to enjoy the breezy autumn weather by cafe hopping, attending outdoor events and viewing great works of art? For this upcoming week, seize every bright,…

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Recipe: Bangin’ Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love chewy cookies? Miso keeps these cookies moist, while a firm bang on the table halfway through baking ensures a chewy, rather than cakey, texture.

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