• Mitama Festival pic by Ryoku Kasinn, used under Creative Commons.

    Cheapo Weekend for July 12-13: Festival Frenzy

    In Tokyo this weekend? You’re in luck – there are early summer festivals happening all over the city. Here’s a short guide to what’s on, where and when. Get your camera ready – this is the capital city at its [...]

    July 9, 2014 -
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    Cheap Shots: Dodgeball in Tokyo

    Ever want to throw something at someone? It’s not an unusual feeling in Tokyo. But only having to pay 500 yen to do it is. Welcome to the Tokyo Dodgeball Friendship Club, the best pairing of sadomasochism and drinking since [...]

    July 8, 2014 -
  • Pic by Michelle Pepe, used under Creative Commons.

    Cheap Virtual Receptionists on Your iPad

    This article comes to you from our partners in cheap over at Japan Trends. Omotenashi, or hospitality, is the buzzword of the moment. It all started with Tokyo’s presentation to bag the Olympics in 2020 and now it’s everywhere. The [...]

    July 3, 2014 -
  • Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival. Pic by Kinya Hanada, used under Creative Commons.

    Cheapo Weekend for July 5-6: Tanabata Festivals

    This weekend in Tokyo you’ll be seeing one of Japan’s most romantic (and heart wrenching) festivals being celebrated all over the city. Tanabata actually falls on Monday the 7th, but there will be lots happening on Saturday and Sunday. There’s [...]

    July 2, 2014 -