February 13

Feast Your Eyes On This: A Shop Full Of Taisho, Meiji & Showa Era Kimonos

Today I was beelining toward a garden, through a neighborhood I never visit, when I was stopped cold by the kimono lovers’ equivalent of Aladdin’s Cave. Before I knew it, I was inside, powerless to resist. Which is a good thing, because otherwise I never would have discovered that this emporium of jazz-age kimonos, obis, […]

February 05

Spring Arrives Early: Flowers by Naked 2020

Just when you’re beginning to long for spring but it’s still shivery and damp and gray outside…Flowers By Naked arrives! The projection-mapping environment group Naked is staging its annual flower-themed extravaganza again for the whole month of February, so hop on over there and get a dose of spring fever. The annual Naked production has […]

February 01

Japanese Home Cooking, Weird Chocolate, Thousands Of Tiny Igloos & More!

  A n d . . . we’re live!     Japanagram is my new monthly newsletter, featuring different stuff than you’ll see here on Only In Japan or on The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Now that it’s out, you can click on each photo below and read the whole topic! After this […]

January 25

How Did I Survive Before There Were Standing Cat Toys?

  The question isn’t really “Do I really need more gachapon capsule toys?” but “How did I ever communicate without them?”   This series may be sold out by the time you’re next in Tokyo, but there will be plenty more to take its place! If you’d like to discover the latest, greatest, gachagacha, a guide to the […]

January 24

Japanagram Book Review & Giveaway!

• Hello, fellow lover of all things quirky and Japanese! Would you like a chance to win a copy of a new Japan-centric book every month? That’s one of the things I can’t do on my blogs, but I can do in a newsletter, so on January 31st, I’ll be sending out the very first… […]

January 19

If You Miss The 2020 Tokyo International Quilt Festival You Will Have REGRETS

I won’t be in town for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival next week <sob!> but if you are, go. The hundreds of quilts on display will be world-class quality, and you will alternately sigh with admiration at the stitchery, boggle at the colors, laugh at the humor, and shake you head in wonderment at the […]

January 09

It’s Time For The Craziest Car Show In Tokyo

If it’s mid-January, you know where to find me: Tokyo’s biggest eye-candy car event of the year, Tokyo Auto Salon! Unlike the more stuffy Tokyo Auto Show (where big makers debut their new offerings and concept cars), Tokyo Auto Salon is for people who definitely don’t want something off the rack. From samurai rides to […]