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Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa – An Art and Technology Store

Tsutaya Electrics

Tsutaya Electrics in Futakotamagawa is my favorite place to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book with or without the kids while browsing their art, appliances, and home space. Located near the creative DIY Factory where you can learn, make, buy DIY products; the 100 Spoons Family Restaurant, Futakotamaga Park, Japanese …

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Osaka One Day Itinerary – Osaka with Kids

Osaka is a lovely city filled with yummy street food, lively locals and a number of fun things to do. Many travel to Osaka from Tokyo by plane or shinkansen (bullet train). If traveling via the bullet train you`ll arrive at Shin-Osaka station. It`s a busy station with a number …

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Akasaka Kids-Teens Hall Nandemo, Akasaka – Convenient and Free Place to Play and Meet

Akasaka Kids-Teens Hall Nandemo, Akasaka

Right in the heart of Tokyo is a free and convenient play space called Akasaka Kids-Teens Hall Nandemo  (港区立赤坂子ども中高生プラザ ) where you can drop in for a few hours and enjoy the kids letting off steam. We love visiting local public community centers such as Akasaka Kids-Teens Hall Nandemo because …

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2K540 Aki-Oka – Japanese Artisan Stores, Akihabara

Okachi-machi is known by most as the wholesale area for clothing and food, however, there is a hidden jewel of 2K540 Aki-Oka – Japanese artisan stores.  2K540 Aki-Oka Japanese artisan stores and studios are under the elevated train tracks if you walk along the line towards Akihabara. In December 2010 over …

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MUJI Flagship Store and Organic Marketplace, Yurakucho

MUJI Flagship Store reopened their flagship store in Yurakucho over the summer and it`s awesome! The 3-story complex now holds an organic foods marketplace which offers fruits and vegetables direct from farms that use little to no chemical pesticides and fertilizers, packaged soups, condiments and so much more. They also …

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The Shitamachi Museum, Ueno

The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. …

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