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Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 2)

After a short walk and delightful lunch at Timeless Comfort Cafe, let’s continue to explore the rest of Orange Street! –> After Timeless Comfort, you will see a relatively industrial looking shop with an interesting signage of multiple faces. That is ASOKO. ASOKO sells miscellaneous affordable lifestyle goods. The concept reminds me of Three Coins …

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Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 1)

If Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is too touristy, mainstream, crowded and loud for you, then I would recommend you to explore the nearby ORANGE STREET Osaka, located just within a leisure 20-minute walk. The 800 meters Orange Street is gaining popularity among the hipster crowd in Osaka with its small cluster of quaint and chic cafes, …

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Hair Salon Euphoria Ginza Grande Tokyo (English speaking)

One of the distinctive characteristics of Japanese culture is their impeccable grooming standards, especially their perfectly groomed salon hair. In fact, there are aplenty hair salons in Tokyo but language barrier pose a huge hurdle for tourists like us. Unfortunately, Japanese hair salons in Singapore are extremely pricey. Finally 4 years ago, I found a …

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Night Activities in Tokyo for Non-Clubbers

First-time visitors to Tokyo who have just finished dinner are often surprised and disappointed to find shops and malls closing as early as 8pm to 8.30pm. Now feeling re-energized after dinner and you are ready for 1 more activity/place to visit before calling it a day.  If you are a late owl yet a non-clubber, …

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12 Essential Winter Items to buy in Japan Directly

Singapore’s all-year Summer season leaves us with no experience in surviving natural snow and winter climate. As such, Singaporeans on their first trip to winter countries typically feels excited (about witnessing the snow ? ☃) and yet nervous at the same time. In fact, I was so anxious to equip myself against the cold climate that my luggage for my first …

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Takeshita Street, Harajuku Part 2 (Tokyo Budget Shopping Paradise)

After a yummy crepe, let’s continue our walkabout down Takeshita Street… Opposite the crepes stores is Matsumoto KiYoshi, one of the leading drugstore/pharmacy chainstore in Japan, which sells a huge range of toiletries, cosmetics, counter medication and titbits etc. They are like a combination of our Watsons + Guardian Pharmacy + SASA, a 3-in-1 beauty/pharmacy/drugstore. …

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Harajuku Takeshita Street, Harajuku Part 1 (Tokyo Budget)

Believe me, shopping in Tokyo can be cheap and affordable too if you visit Harajuku Takeshita Street, the trademark shopping street in Harajuku! Similarly to other Asia’s famous shopping districts such as Xi-Meng-Ding in Taipei and Myeong Dong in Seoul, Harajuku Takeshita Street is the hang-out place in Tokyo for price-conscious Japanese teens. It is …

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Lumine Est Shinjuku : Tokyo Shopping Paradise 1

JR Vacation If I only have time for 1 shopping mall in Tokyo, my all-time favourite Lumine Est Shinjuku would definitely be THE ONE due to the following reasons: The only major shopping mall in Tokyo which closes at 10pm. Most shopping malls in Tokyo close between 8pm-8.30pm. So an extended closing time is a MAJOR …