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.

Street Performance In Japan

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Street performances in Japan is a common sight and I’ve written a lot about it in my many years that I’ve been in Japan.  The talented Japanese guys and girls spare not change when it comes to buying their musical instruments and costume for their performances.  My nephew who lives in Japan had asked me to bring a  pro bass box  for him this summer when I am on vacation in Japan and although my sister isn’t so keen in him performing on the street, I feel that it’s a really cool thing to do and experience.   I say go for it just as long as he isn’t doing drugs or drinking alcohol or fighting on the streets.

The Oiran Experience

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Alot of people are mistaken when they see an Oiran and a geisha, they think that they are the same but nope , they are not.  The geisha is dressed up more simply than the Oiran but both the Oiran and the geisha can do the singing, acting and dancing but it is said that the Oiran does it better?

Oirans are freakishly expensive, I learned from a Japanese friend of mine who entertains a lot of their foreign clients.  To have the company of an Oiran , it would cost an entire years salary of a normal worker in Japan.  And yes, that’s a lot of money !  The Oiran is pretty special, she is not your normal prostitute because she can refuse your business, you need to be introduced first and if they are attracted to you , then you can start having a relationship with her.

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People from all over the world comes for the once a year procession of the Oiran and it’s pretty elaborate.  At the end of the procession, there is a stage, where the Oiran shows how the customers are served and what one can expect from the Oiran.

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The Bunsui Sakura Matsuri Oiran D?ch? is a free event held in Tsubame, Niigata. D?ch? is a shortened form of oiran-dochu, also the name for the walk the top courtesans made around the quarter or the parade they made to escort their guests. This parade features three oiran in full regalia — Shinano, Sakura, and Bunsui — among the cherry blossoms in April with approximately 70 accompanying servants. Each oiran in 15-cm tall geta parades in the distinctive gait, giving the procession an alternate name, the Dream Parade of Echigo (Echigo no yume-dochu). The event is extremely popular across the country, with many people in Japan applying for the three oiran and servant roles.

Old Edo Town Kawagoe

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I was there only once and I still remember it vividly because it made us feel like we were in the old Shogun days.  All the building in this old town is pretty much preserved like we do here as a heritage building.  And transport used is mainly the bicycle.  One can get to the old edo town by train and it takes about 30 minutes from Tokyo.

There are gifts store a museum, candy store and craft stores and one must look at getting a good knife while you are there.  There are also a couple of temples you might want to check out and one can easily spend the entire day at this old town just walking and exploring.  Let it be known that this little town is quite the tourist attraction.

Asahi Beer Sakura Campaign

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Since it is Sakura season here in Japan, trending right now in Japan since February is the Asahi Beer Sakura Campaign all over Japan especially at the Train station, since everyone in Japan takes a lot of train.  But of course if you are in Japan right now, you will see that even Starbucks has their own Sakura themed drinks.  Sakura beer is welcomed and is said to be quite refreshing especially for the ladies in Japan.  The beer is at about $4 a bottle and is said to be quite popular.

Inside A Capsule Hotel

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The spouse was recently in Japan and stayed in a very  new capsule hotel in Shinjuku and reported that it was quite pleasant and that the amenities were plenty too.   He was quite surprised with it because it even have a luxurious bath in this particular capsule hotel.

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And like any Capsule Hotel , every capsule has its own tv and outlets where you can plug in your computer or anything that you need to recharge like phones and tablets or computers.  The capsule hotels has lockers for you to place your valuables and robes for you to change into , that way you don’t need to worry about messing up your clothes.  They also have a food court in the hotel and plenty of vending machines as well.

They are relatively cheaper than the hotels if you are alone but each capsule is only meant for 1 person and won’t fix even a kid, so if you have someone else with you that day, you can forget about getting a capsule for the night.

PS :  They also have shampoo, soap and toothbrush and paste for in house guests , so you need not bring any or worry about purchasing some.

Street Performers In Japan

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It takes a very special kind of people to go on the street and perform for no returns or monetary gain.  But it looks like they are not going to be a dying breed anytime soon in Japan.  At the Harujuku bridge on the weekends, you can see so many of these street performers giving their best to their willing customers.  You can see some with  new Korg keyboard  and other instruments that they lugged a long with them for their performances and some even dressed up for their gig.  They take what they do very seriously and definitely admirable.

I know I could never do that myself , therefore, whenever I am in Japan, and see these street performers, I leave some money for them.  Unlike in USA, where you need to pay the performers money to have a picture taken with them, in Japan, they are so happy when you want a picture with them.  They are not doing it to make money mostly, they just want to do it because of their passion.

Gotemba Premium Outlet In Japan

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Whether you are on vacation or work, going to Japan is never complete if you didn’t visit the premium outlet in Gotemba located at 1312 Fukasawa, Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture 412-0023, Japan.  Gotemba is near the foot of Mount Fuji, so there is no excuse for us ladies to make a trip there after climbing up to Mount Fuji and drinking its mushroom tea.

 Any popular or famous brands that you might want to buy something for yourself or your family, you will find it in this premium outlet.  From Chanel to Coach, and up to 40% discounts for your goods. The west end carries the high end goods and before starting on your shopping spree, make sure you grab yourself a map, that way you can hit the places that you really want to buy something in.  I think they are open from 10 am in the morning till at least 7pm  or longer during the summer.  A good 5 hours of shopping is needed if you plan to pay Gotemba a visit.  Wear walking shoes and boyfriends and husband be prepared to wait.

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