• January 14, 2015

    Day Trips from Tokyo – Hakone

    Hakone has a lot to offer in a day or weekend trip from Tokyo. Hot springs are of course what the town and its environs are most famous for, but they also have mountains, art museums, and beautiful nature. There […]

  • August 12, 2014
    Tomari Beach

    Cheapo Island Getaway: Shikine-jima

    If you happen to be hanging around Hamamatsuchō Station (JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines) on a summer Friday evening, you will notice a hurried stream of outdoor types bearing backpacks, fishing gear, styrofoam ice chests, surf boards, and foldable kayaks. Heading briskly […]

Holidays in Tokyo

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  • February 20, 2015
    Japanese Puns

    A Guide to Japanese Puns: Holiday Edition

    This post was scrawled by those pun-ks at Tokyo Desu. It turns out the image of serious, stoic Japan (not counting the country’s bizarre game shows) is a little misguided, because the Japanese absolutely love them a good pun. It’s comedy […]

  • December 21, 2014
    KFC Japan celebrating Christmas

    Christmas Dinners for Cheapos

    Christmas in Japan is a completely secular holiday that’s usually associated with eating fried chicken (from KFC, no less) and strawberry shortcake. It’s also a time when the love hotels get busy, as, for some reason, Christmas means date time […]

  • December 18, 2014
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    Kechi Osechi: Osechi Ryori for Cheapos

    Welcoming the New Year is a big deal for most Japanese people, and one of the many New Year traditions is eating osechi ryori (お節料理), a Heian-era practice that still survives today. Traditionally, it was taboo to cook during the […]

  • December 7, 2014

    Cheapo Xmas/Winter Markets in Tokyo

    There seems to be a fascination in Japan with winter markets, and in particular German-style Christmas markets. If you too like your holiday season with a bit of European flair, are searching for that special handmade ornament, or just want to […]