Scattered across the underbelly of Tokyo is a chain of vintage bookstores that serve as hideouts for geeks, nerds, and other otaku. The shops are stocked to the ceiling with character T-shirts, odd sunglasses, weird wigs, clocks, dishes, […]
Nikita often finds herself lost in the busy streets of Tokyo, even though she has lived there for nearly 19 years. Under the influence of a frugal father, she has learned where to buy the cheapest ramen and how to spend only 500 yen to dress like a Vogue model. A full-time college student and part-time bargain hunter, she spends her free time reading, jogging around the Imperial Palace, and squealing over fictional characters.
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“Cinderella” resonates with almost everyone because almost everyone, at some point in their lives, becomes a cheapo. Budgeting and rationing means an emptier closet. It means clawing through bargain piles, blow-drying your hair yourself, and […]
A "recruit suit" in Japan refers to the outfit everyone wears for a job interview (and sometimes for the job too). A far cry from Harajuku style, the recruit suit says professionalism and conformity instead of fashion or expression. The stream […]
At first glance, Trattoria Bosso resembles a dimly-lit nook for the affluent: rows of wine glasses shimmer with platinum light from chandeliers, waitresses balance large trays of pasta and bread on three fingertips, and the menu, displayed on a […]
Fireworks festivals in Tokyo are definitely an experience no one should miss, but they can be frustrating. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Tokyoites congregate at the hottest spots to watch the fireworks and celebrate summer— and they […]
With thousands of ramen restaurants and chains scattered throughout Tokyo, a newcomer to Japan may find the task of choosing and ordering a simple bowl of ramen daunting. Exploring a small street in Nishi-Gotanda (a thriving little nook that […]