Ametora: Tokyo Fashion Subculture
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by Jane Pipkin
4d ago
Ametora, short for “American Traditional”, is best defined as being Japan’s own take on the fashion worn by American Ivy League College students and the British elite in the 1960s. It is a preppy style that incorporates casualwear like denim jackets and jeans as well as items worn at school like blazers and button-down shirts. Although the foundation of the style originates in America, the Japanese are often credited as the ones who further innovated it through their creativity and craftsmanship. © Photo by iStock: wilford peloquin Some debate as to whether Ametora can truly be considered a s ..read more
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10 Japanese Iris Gardens In and Around Tokyo
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by Elizabeth Sok
6d ago
Before the sound of cicadas fill the air and people fill the night in anticipation of fireworks, irises coming into bloom is one of the first signs of summer. Japanese iris gardens typically bloom in June in Japan. However, some regions and varieties are known to flower as early as May. With their bluish-purple or pink petals, these flowers add splashes of color to gardens and parks across the country as skies turn gray during the rainy season. Irises in Japan fall into one of three species (hanashobu, kakitsubata and ayame) and each has many varieties. Hanashobu are the most common and tend ..read more
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Tokyo Area Events for May 2024: Golden Week
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by The Savvy Team
3w ago
Make the most out of Golden Week by joining our Savvy Tokyo contest, watching movies by the bay and exploring other exciting festivals in the city. Here are all our recommended Tokyo area events for May 2024! April 29-May 5, 2024 © Photo by iStock: Akarawut LohacharoenvanichHow You Hanami Savvy Tokyo’s Sakura Reel Contest 2024 Submit your best sakura shots to our reel contest for 2024 for a chance to be featured on Savvy Tokyo, our official Instagram and win a fabulous prize. To capture the moment and celebrate all creativity, Savvy Tokyo is proud to announce its annual Sakura Contest for 202 ..read more
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10 Unique Character Shops in Tokyo
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by Michele Tanabe
3w ago
While you’ve likely visited Tokyo Station’s teeming Tokyo Character Street or the towering multilevel Harajuku Kiddyland, the initial allure of your favorite character-themed shops may have dulled over time. Though I’ll always cherish the calming presence of Rilakkuma or the irresistible Sanrio collaborations that possess an uncanny ability to drain my bank account with a single glance, there’s an undeniable thrill of discovering something new. It’s through these discoveries we can rekindle the initial spark that attracted us to sub-genres of Japan’s kawaii culture, so if you’re ready to find ..read more
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The Best Japanese Shows To Get A Sense Of Tokyo
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by Sharon Alphonso
3w ago
Although seeing Tokyo in person is an unforgettable experience, web series today capture the city’s essence well. Through the lens of the characters, you will not only get a virtual tour of Tokyo but will also get to see a raw and unfiltered side to it. From comedies to dramas and thrillers, this list of Japanese web shows set in Tokyo has a little something for everyone. Tokyo Girl Japanese actress, Asami Mizukawa, plays the role of Aya in Tokyo Girl. In the story, a young woman in her 20s moves from a small town in Akita to Tokyo to find her place in the world. As she slowly adapts to her ..read more
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This Week: Tokyo Area Events for April 22 – 28, 2024
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by The Savvy Team
1M ago
Here are some of the best Tokyo area events we’ve picked out for the last week of April. From musical performances at Theatre Orb to Odaiba’s Meat Festival, end the month on a high note! © Photo by iStock: Akarawut LohacharoenvanichHow You Hanami Savvy Tokyo’s Sakura Reel Contest 2024 Submit your best sakura shots to our reel contest for 2024 for a chance to be featured on Savvy Tokyo, our official Instagram and win a fabulous prize. To capture the moment and celebrate all creativity, Savvy Tokyo is proud to announce its annual Sakura Contest for 2024. This time, we’re looking for Instagram R ..read more
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Italian Jewelry Brand FOPE Opens a Flagship Store in Ginza
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by Kimberly Hughes
1M ago
Amidst the sophistication of Tokyo’s Ginza district, on a side street flanked by shops that include Paris Miki Optique and Moncler, sits a similarly refined newcomer: FOPE Ginza, which opened its first Japan-based flagship store in June 2023. Italian Heritage © Photo by FOPE As the company’s third flagship shop worldwide, joining others in Venice and London, FOPE Ginza reflects the company’s Italian heritage beginning with the building itself. Its outer facade is crafted using terrazzo—a hefty material that FOPE Japan Country Manager Momoko Ishida describes as having involved a significantly ..read more
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Trending In Tokyo: TikTok Made Me Go
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by Jane Pipkin
1M ago
Finding things to do and see in a city so big and vibrant can be intimidating for some people. Even if you have lived here for a long time, a new cafe or attraction is always popping up out of the blue. Although many people still rely on Google and trusted friends to find out what’s trending in Tokyo, TikTok is increasingly becoming one of the most popular places to search for new places and more general inspiration. © Photo by iStock: recep-bg With so many people filming and sharing their experiences at a coffee shop or exhibition—wherever it may be—it is not surprising that these places hav ..read more
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10 New Japanese Skincare Products for Spring 2024
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by Tabitha Wilders
1M ago
Do you want to feel fabulous and fresh-faced? Are you after that ultimate spring glow-up? Then it’s time to update your routine with these Japanese skincare items for spring 2024. What might have worked for you in the winter may be different from what works now. So, it’s important to swap out those heavy products and completely revitalize your routine to match the season. This spring, Japanese skincare trends will emphasize hydration and protection against environmental stressors like pollution. Anticipate innovations in lightweight moisturizers and UV protection! Now, let’s embrace the beaut ..read more
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Bethany “Bitsii” Nakamura on Breathing New Life into Abandoned Homes in Japan
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by Michele Tanabe
1M ago
Taking the plunge to leave a job that doesn’t align with your values is a difficult choice. Yet, Bethany Nakamura’s choice to leave her corporate day job to move to Japan is a testament to the courage it takes to pursue one’s true calling. After relocating to teach English in the rural countryside of Shikoku for what was meant to be a temporary sabbatical, Nakamura found herself unexpectedly drawn back into design, eventually settling in an akiya (abandoned homes in Japan). © Photo by Bethany Nakamura In sharing her story, Bethany, also known as Bitsii, emphasizes the importance of finding va ..read more
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