Akio Wannabe-San

Muji In Japan

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 I think one can find a Muji store in Japan quite easily as their flagship store must be in Japan since they originated in japan ?  It is like your friendly , neighborhood grocery store with clothing and whatever else you may need in your home .  It is a pretty neat concept and I do like Muji very much when they first opened its door in Asia.

Everything of Muji seems to be functional and affordable.  But most importantly , Muji is spacious !  and you and I know how much rent is in Tokyo or anywhere in Japan .  So they must have some kind of right concept as it is known that Muji always knows what their customers want.

And people who’ve shopped at Muji becomes some very loyal customers and those who don’t even shop regularly , goes to Muji from basics to apparel and then some food as well.

Rabbit Cafe In Tokyo

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So my daughter was reading a e – book from an American writer who married a Japanese that I had downloaded on my ipad.  And she saw that there are several rabbit cafe in Japan and she said she had to visits these rabbit cafes .    So I guess , we might just get a trip to Japan soon?

As you all know , in Japan, the apartments are pretty small and in order to have a pet, you have to pay a lot of extra rent and deposits , that are pretty much not refundable. So for those who cannot raise a pet , they go to these pet cafes around Tokyo and different parts of Japan.  And as far as I am concern there are several rabbit cafes and lot of cat cafes.

 Open from noon till about 7pm  – 9pm , Japanese can visit for an hour or more if they so choose to.  As far as I know , you don’t have to pay to pet the pets but you have to order their food as well as feed the pets with food provided by them but you have to pay for them.

While some people might thing that there are more female pet lovers , you will be surprised to know that a lot of males loved to go to these pet cafes too.  Not only the young loves these pet cafes from what I’ve read thus far but the older people also loved to frequent this pet cafes.  Average time spent with the pets are like 30 minutes and some places has a cover charge of 1100 Yen to 1300 Yen on the weekends.

And if you want to take pictures with the pets , you will have to pay like 500 extra Yen.  But drinks are absolutely free from coffee , tea and pop as well.

Gift For A Friend In Tokyo

 Whenever we go on a vacation to Tokyo , we stay with a very good friend.  We are very blessed because hotels in Tokyo can be very expensive.  So we bring a gift with us and this year , we were asked if we knew where to  buy clarinet  for our friend’s child who is starting to play the instrument.

So instead of just helping our friend buy the clarinet for her daughter, we are going to bring it as a gift for them.  The next time we will ask if they need anything from the West , that way we can kill 2 birds with one stone and getting them something useful.  And yes, it is customary to bring a gift when you visit a friend in Tokyo and more so if you stay with them.

Goya Burger In Okinawa

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If you are in Okinawa, don’t forget to try this bitter melon burger, you will be quite surprise at its taste because i myself, do not like bitter melon that much but I must say for $3.00 it wasn’t a bad burger at all.  Of course, one has to have some goya rings too – at $2.50 a pop, why not?

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Menu from one of the fast food restaurant where you can get your Goya fix (bitter melon).

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Store front of one of the goya burger fast food store.

Maid Cafes In Japan

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Maid cafes are quite the thing to do when you visit Japan, but it is not only for the tourists, they are for the locals as well.  Most people who comes to the Maid cafes in Japan only do it for the experience but some are into cos-play and others well, just wants to look at the pretty and young girls there.

Maid cafes are themed cafes obviously and there are so many sprouting in every corner in Japan especially bigger cities like Tokyo.  You are usually not allowed to film inside the cafes or take photos but there are some who would let you take a picture of them for a few hundred yens.

 There are of course different maid cafes around Japan , and all of them do have food involved as well as drinks.  They also dance for you and before you can partake your food, you need to do some singing or dancing or both from what I know.  I don’t know if they are popular for the older folks but for the younger folks ,  both men and women , they seems to have been quite taken by all the cos-play and the cutesyness of the dress up and cos- play.

Oh btw, maid cafes are not hostess hereby they drink with you and you can neither touch them.  This isn’t a prostitution ring , no naughty business here, so cheeky old men out there, you can do away with the idea, if you think it is this kinda establishment.

Now the tricky part of one’s experience with the maid cafes are that there is a table charge plus whatever you order during your 1 hr stay at the cafe.  If you intend to stay longer, you will be charge another table charge , so the turnover of the tables are fairly quick.  You cannot hang around the cafes and not pay for the table charge.

Japanese Drumming In Japan

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Drumming in Japan is quite tradition , unlike our drumming the West with a  gretsch new classic  .  Although , I do enjoy the traditional drumming in Japan, I much prefer the classic drumming we have in the West.   Both are art form but the traditional Japanese drumming seems a lot more intense.

I’ve seen some Taiko drumming in Sado Island sometime last year and tourists flocked to this quiet island because of this cultural event held yearly.  There is no lyrics to the drumming but it was definitely very enjoyable but if I had a choice I still prefer our Western drumming.

Namba Parks Osaka

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When a friend told me that we were going to Namba Parks when we were in Osaka, I thought we were going to see some park , like in flowers and such but nope, it is more like a mall than a park but they do have a lot of amusement park like stuff in Namba Parks that one can enjoy while you are there and a roof top garden that one can go relax.

Namba Parks is pretty new and one of their anchor store is Takashimaya.  There are plenty of food outlet there as well as a Starbucks for those who need their western coffee fix.

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The rooftop garden during night.

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more lights – spectacular.

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The Namba Parks is like a mall within a city itself.  You have to visit if you are in Osaka.

Great Gift For Host Family

 Every year, we send exchange students to Asia so that they can experience what it is like to study in a different country and environment and Japan is one of those that is highly requested.  Students stay with a host family and it is customary to bring the host family a gift.  In Japan, they have just about everything and to any Japanese you asked , they will tell you that quality is more important than quantity.  I usually suggest that they get the host family some Acrylic Dinnerware and  Home and Patio Décor Center has Merritt melamine  that any Japanese family will and can appreciate.

 Of course, you can choose from various price ranges and it doesn’t even need to be a very expensive set.  There are some sets that are as little as $32.99 and some as expensive as $299 but you can be sure that the quality of these gifts are equally exquisite and well made.  And like I’ve mentioned and cannot stress enough, any Japanese would love quality over quantity, so be sure to buy something useful and not because it’s expensive.

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And since summer is just round the corner, I suggest this flip flop wine glass outdoor set for any host family or friends that you are visiting.  I’m pretty sure not only the Japanese will love it , anyone would love to have it.

Rakuzan Teashop

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This is “Rakuzan” Teashop, located in Kagurazaka, one of my favorite areas in Tokyo. And although it is a teashop, they are first and most famous for their great selection of beautiful traditional Japanese handmade teapots of all sizes and designs.

It’s not a very big shop, but I can easily spend 45 minutes in there, looking at all their different teapots, tasting the special teas of the week, etc. A great little shop I recommend visiting if you happen to be in Tokyo. – Easy access to Kagurazaka by JR Sobu Line to Iidabashi Station, or by Tokyo Metro’s Tozai Line, Kagurazaka Station.

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