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A collection of blogs, articles and guides on our favourite subject - Japan!

We've put this site together to share and document our own experiences as well as assist other lovers of all things Japan in planning their own adventures.

A visit to the Pompompurin Cafe

Cute Cube Harajuku opened in 2014 and is a whole world of cuteness. It's a 3 storey complex housing shops and cafes for the kawaii obsessed and one of it's star attractions is the Pom Pom Purin Cafe on the third floor.

For those of you not already acquainted Pom Pom Purin is a beret wearing Golden Retriever character created by Sanrio with a following in Asia, not quite on the scale of Hello Kitty yet but he is very popular. I think he is certainly one of the cutest characters and was desperate to visit the cafe for my birthday.

Tokyo May 2016 Day 8: My 30th birthday!

Wednesday was my 30th birthday and what better way to spend your birthday than in Tokyo. This was the last full day of our holiday and we always make sure we do some amazing things on our last day. That combined with it being my birthday ensured it was to be a perfect day. You can read about how we spent the previous day here.

Turning 30 and why I wish the rest of the world would embrace a little bit of kawaii culture

Over the last few months I’d grown tiresome of the recognition of this milestone and the implied suggestions that it is something to be feared. ‘Twenties are over’ ‘now you’re a real grown up’, ‘it’s all downhill from here’. I still cannot comprehend the emphasis placed on this shift of a decade, I’ve been 30 for 2 and a half months and well, rather unsurprisingly nothing has changed.

Isn't Tokyo really expensive though? The myth!

This, without a doubt, is my number one least favourite question/comment about Tokyo. Why you ask? Because it's a complete myth! Having had the privilege of travelling to many different countries and cities in the world I can honestly say that nearly everywhere, (with the exception of Scandinavia - because let's face it, that is expensive!) is what you make of it when it comes to your spending.

Kinno-Kura: an all you can drink (nomihodai), tourist friendly, tablet ordering, cheap and cheerful izakaya chain

Nomihodai – ‘all you can drink’, is an essential Japanese word to learn if you ask me, and for some reason Kinno-Kura are crazy enough to offer this for teeny tiny prices making them an essential destination for any Tokyo trip.

Kinno-Kura is a famous cheap Japanese izakaya chain with branches all across Tokyo and so far we’ve sampled them in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro.

Tokyo 2016 Day 6: Character Street, Scramble Crossing, Harajuku and a night out in Ikebukuro

On Monday morning we allowed ourselves a little bit of a lie in and chose not to have breakfast so that we could eat more throughout the day! Our first stop was Character Street at Tokyo Station. Check out what we did the previous day here. Character Street is cluster of shops each selling memorabilia related to popular characters and mascots including Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Moomin, Pokemon and many more. Each store is packed with goodies, from sweets to plush toys and home and lifestyle accessories. It is kawaii heaven!

Kura Sushi: Tablet ordering, fun, cheap, un-conventional sushi!

Kura Sushi is a restaurant I’d read about extensively online before visiting and the menu looked so intriguing that it just had to be done! It’s a conveyer belt sushi restaurant with several locations and the venue we chose to visit is approximately a 10 minute walk from the East side of Shinagawa Station. It's not very easy to spot from street level so I strongly suggest looking at Google Street View before going there.