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After over a year of waiting, it's now less than two weeks to #XDay!
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This Wednesday sees the opening of a major exhibition in TOKYO by one of Japan’s and the world’s most iconic and exciting artists, Yayoi Kusuma, who is famed for her use of brightly-coloured dots. In one of the biggest shows of her work ever staged in the city, the National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) will play host to an exhibition entitled My Eternal Soul.
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Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

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Few Japanese foods provoke more rhapsodising and heated debate than ramen. First and foremost, of course, because many people would stop us there and say it’s not strictly an authentic Japanese food, but a Chinese import. Be that as it may, ramen has, along with so many other overseas imports, been taken to the hearts of the Japanese people, who have made it their own.
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Ramen Noodles Its Way Nationwide | Eat-Japan

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While the sakura or cherry blossoms are one of the most famous and celebrated sights in TOKYO and Japan as a whole, the ume or plum blossom season, which is just beginning around now, should not be overlooked. There are many attractive areas all around TOKYO where you can go in the next month or so to appreciate this tantalising glimpse of spring.
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The best spots for plum-viewing in and around Tokyo

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Here's a "participant's-eye view" of the Saturday COSParade at HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016. As usual, an amazing array of Cosplayers wowed the crowds with their dazzling attire. You can remind yourself of the winner here: [ Hyperjapan.co.uk Link ]
One of the main things that draws people to TOKYO is the food and, increasingly, drink. Appreciation and understanding of Japanese sake is growing around the world. Starting tomorrow for the next two weeks, a number of bars and eateries in the Ginza area of TOKYO are offering special pairing menus that can be enjoyed with Yamaguchi Dassai premium sake.
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Dassai Sake Weeks in Ginza

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When you think of wasabi, you automatically think sushi and sashimi, right? But what about including wasabi in a savoury dip, or even a cupcake? It might sound a bit out-there, but participants at two special workshops organized by S&B Foods at the recent HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 discovered for themselves just how versatile an ingredient wasabi can be.
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Getting a Different Kick Out of Wasabi | Eat-Japan

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Fans of Anime, Cosplay and Gaming - make sure to check out our friends over at London Anime & Gaming Con this 3-5 February! With metal gear voice actor Quinton Flynn, International Cosplayer Ani-Mia and so much more! Discount Tickets Available @

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It’s just over two weeks until Valentine’s Day, which in TOKYO and elsewhere in Japan has a lot to do with chocolate! To help the city’s chocolate lovers stock up for the big day, the annual Salon du Chocolat event takes place this week at the Tokyo International Forum. It is a chance to buy rare chocolate creations from around the world to impress someone special!
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Salon du Chocolat 2017

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It's pretty cold out guys... and a trip to Okinawa would be the perfect thing to warm you up this winter! Lucky for you, JNTO has teamed up with Japan Centre, Hoshino Resorts, Anzu restaurant and ANA to offer you a chance to win the trip of your dreams. More info below.
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Twinkle Lady has been busy putting together another great video of the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 J-STYLE Fashion Show, this time the Sunday session. You can check it out here!
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Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2016 Sunday J-Fashion Show

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Fans of Anime, Cosplay and Gaming - make sure to check out our friends over at London Anime & Gaming Con this 3-5 February! With metal gear voice actor Quinton Flynn, International Cosplayer Ani-Mia and so much more! Discount Tickets Available @

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Don't miss this great opportunity to win amazing prizes, including a unique adventure to Japan, with the Japan National Tourism Organization!
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Visiting one of the many festivals that take place in TOKYO’s temples throughout the year is a quintessential Japanese experience, and none is more exciting than the Setsubun celebrations that take place a week on Friday, 3 February. Held to celebrate the beginning of spring, traditionally beans are thrown and the crowd chants, “devil out, happiness in!”
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Setsubun Bean-Throwing at Zojoji

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Here's former MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima demonstrating delicious, healthy recipes using Clearspring authentic and organic fine foods at the Christmas Market. You can get 2017 off to a healthy start with many recipes on their website. [ Clearspring.co.uk Link ]
One of the landmarks of TOKYO’s Ginza area, the Sony Building, is soon to be no more; it is going to be demolished and replaced by the exciting new Sony Park. Before that, however, until 31 March, there is a special exhibition, with free entry, featuring some of the most iconic products produced by the company over the years, including of course the Walkman.

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It’s a Sony

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If you want to re-live the excitement of the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 J-STYLE Fashion Show, or missed it first-time round, then check out this video of the Saturday session, kindly created by Twinkle Lady!
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HyperJapan Christmas Market 2016 Saturday J-Fashion Show

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The excitement of the New Year holiday may be over now, but there’s still a lot going on in TOKYO. For example, next weekend sees one of the city’s oldest and longest-running flea markets make one of its two annual appearances. The Setagaya Boroichi features over 700 stalls, selling all kinds of antiques, bric-a-brac and delicious daikan mochi rice cakes.

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Setagaya Boroichi

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We hope that 2017 has got off to a flying start for you, and that you've leaped into action just like THE TOMBOYS performing here at the Christmas Market!
Happy New Year! There’s sure to be a whole host of exciting events taking place in TOKYO this year, but this is a great time to catch some of last year’s cultural highlights while you can. For instance, the inaugural exhibition of the Sumida Hokusai Museum, which opened last November to great acclaim, is on until 15 January, so there’s just time to catch it!
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The Return of Hokusai

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