Michelin-Star Chef James Kent Collabs With New York Grill
Experience the dynamic and bold cuisine offered by Chef Kent and the New York Grill culinary team for a limited time of just five days! Chef Kent of the famous fine dining restaurants, Crown Shy and SAGA, which have both achieved Michelin-star status in New York City, together with the culinary team at Park Hyatt Tokyo, will offer a special five course dinner with cosmopolitan flair. Book in advance to avoid missing out.
Wed, Nov. 30–Sun, Dec. 4, 2022
5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. (Last order 9:30 p.m.)
Park Hyatt Tokyo 52F New York Grill, 3-7-1-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo – Map
¥30,800 per person (5-course dinner) *Inclusive of tax and subject to a service charge
RECOMMENDED FOR: FOODIES, DATE NIGHT, BIRTHDAY DINNER, TAKING OUT A SPECIAL SOMEONE
See, taste, and feel the vibes from the beautiful Philippines at this lively festival, the largest of its kind in Japan, which attracts over 150 thousand visitors annually. The lively stage performances of various traditional Filipino dances and popular pop artists from the country will make your weekend buzz with excitement.
SAT, DEC. 3 -SUN, DEC. 4, 2022
10 A.M.-5 P.M.
YOYOGI PARK EVENT SQUARE, 2-3 JINNAN, SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO
Tokyo events for Monday, November 28 to Sunday, December 4, 2022
Open your advent calendars and dust off your decorations — it’s officially December on Thursday! The last month of the year is one of the best for Tokyo events, and this week isn’t any different.
Many illuminations and Christmas markets have already started, so make sure to check out our articles on those.
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This yomatsuri (night festival) is one of Japan’s big three hikiyama (float) festivals. The large floats, apparently weighing up to 20 tons each, are festooned with countless la
2022 — a year that has been both very long and all too short — is coming to a close. But before that clock hits midnight on December 31, try out some of these festivities.
Remember, December is the month of winter illuminations and Christmas markets. If you are looking for a New Year countdown party, then check out our NYE guide.
1. Mutek Japan 2022 (Dec. 7–11)
Mutek is a hard to pigeon-hole five-day music festival that combines electronic music, art and technology (hence the name — Music + Technology). Events are spread out over multiple venues in Shibuya with tickets for individual sessions available for as low as ¥2,000.
As someone famous once said, the best things in life are free. If you don’t believe it, visit Japan!
For an Asian country notorious for being on the more ‘expensive’ side, Japan has quite a number of free attractions that are surprisingly worth visiting.
More specifically, the free museums in Japan’s capital, Tokyo, are second-rate to none.
Historically, museums have been associated with long-winded history and dull facts. However, this is different with many museums in Tokyo. Long gone are the days when museums are never-ending hallways of dull-white walls and weathered booklets droning on and on about information you can’t keep up with.
Tokyo’s museums are unique and interesting! They carry vast amounts of knowledge that you may not even know existed. From the background of parasites to the history of the Japanese police force, you can prepare yourself and still be surprised at just how much random knowledge there is out there to consume.
Coupled with the fact that entrance into all the below-listed museums is free, and you’ve got yourself a jam-packed itinerary!
Let’s have a look at some of the best free museums in Tokyo that are worth visiting!
1. Meguro Parasitological Museum
If you’ve got a strong stomach and an appetite for science, pop into the Meguro Parasitological Museum for some unusual displays!
This museum was opened in 1953 by Satoru Kamegai, a doctor who was in the thick of the post-war disease-ridden era of Japan. Many patients became sick due to the highly unsanitary and unhygienic living conditions after the war and it was unfortunately widespread across the country.
This museum was designed to show the world just how many parasites had thrived during that …continue reading
Anime-style characters star in limited-time mystery addition to classic Disneyland attraction.
These days, pretty much every attraction that gets added to Disney’s theme parks has a strong connection to an already-established animation or movie franchise. That wasn’t always the case, though, which leaves some classic Disneyland rides without much in the way of a concrete backstory.
So this winter Tokyo Disneyland is looking to add a little extra narrative intrigue to some of its most stalwart attractions, and it’s starting by giving the Haunted Mansion a cast of characters with anime-style designs.
The Haunted Mansion, which has been part of Tokyo Disneyland since the park’s opening in 1983, is in the spotlight for the first round of the Disney Story Beyond campaign. During the event, guests will be challenged to solve a special mystery surrounding the characters including Constance, a beautiful woman in a wedding dress with a powerful ambition and multiple strings of pearls draped around her neck, and Xavier and Z.J., a butler and maid in the employ of the mansion inhabited by the 999 ghosts.
Filled with more festive flair are tightrope walker Sally Slater and ballroom dancers Marylyn Ohara and Harland, who may or may not be among the living…
…while hitchhikers Phineas, Ezra, and Gus and the figure known only as “The Withering Gentleman” are clearly not ordinary human beings.
Rooftop terraces offer a perfect place to grab some fresh air away from your Tokyo-sized hotel room. Lift your spirits (and yourself) by sipping on a glass of wine, grabbing a snack, and — only in a city like Tokyo — enjoying panoramic views of iconic landmarks like Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji.
We’ve arranged a list of hotels for all budgets and desires; whether you want to use the sky-high terrace for a mid-afternoon snooze or a midnight party.
Hotel SUI Akasaka by ABEST
Open until 10 p.m. when the weather is clear, Hotel SUI Asakusa’s sky lounge gives you one of the best day and night views of Tokyo. While there are no stand-out sights on the horizon, you’re high enough on the 13th floor to be abo
Authors: Machiko Osawa, Japan Women’s University and Jeff Kingston, Temple University
Telework is not a panacea for what ails the Japanese economy, but there are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up corporate Japan as it sheds the hallowed hanko (personal seal used in lieu of signatures), leaves behind the fax and embraces remote work. But telework is also accentuating digital divides between larger and smaller firms, regular and non-regular workers, men and women, and urban and rural areas.
A March 2022 government report that draws on a survey of 40,000 workers provides the most comprehensive data on telework in Japan. According to this report, the overall rate of telework increased from 13.3 per cent of employees in 2016 to 27.3 per cent in 2021. In Tokyo alone rates surged from 16.9 per cent in 2016 to 42.1 per cent by 2021. At large firms of over 1000 employees, 40.1 per cent of workers engaged in telework compared to 19.2 per cent in 2016. For workers at smaller firms with 300–999 employees, the rate rose from 14.7 per cent to 29.1 per cent.
These are massive shifts in the employment paradigm in just five years.
Although survey methods and definitions vary, levels of telework in the OECD are mostly higher than in Japan. Australia, France and the United Kingdom reported a peak telework rate of 47 per cent, marginally higher than Tokyo. In Italy and Brazil less than 20 per cent of the workforce was working remotely as of 2021. Cross-nationally, industries involving physical production like health and social services, construction, transport and hospitality tend to have lower rates of telework, while higher rates are observed in digitalised sectors such as information and communication, financial and professional services.
One of the best parts of Japan’s winter traditions is going to an onsen (hot spring). Submerging yourself in hot water warms your cold bones like nothing else, leaving you relaxed and ready for bed when you step out of the changing rooms.
Going to an onsen for the first time isn’t easy for everyone, though. Not only do you need to get naked in front of strangers (or worse, your own family), but the many customs and rules can be scary for first-timers.
Read on to learn more about what to expect on your first dip in the onsen.
A brief history of onsen
Japan is incredibly mountainous; of those many mountains, 440 are volcanoes. So, it makes sense that there are so many hot springs. Given that the winters can be particularly harsh in many parts of Japan, the hot springs would have also been a welcome escape from the cold.
Bathing in onsen goes back thousands of years, with some of the earliest written records being in the Man’yoshu, a collection of traditional Japanese poems compiled around AD 759. Some of the oldest onsens are Dogo Onsen, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan and Arima Onsen.
It wasn’t until late in the Edo period (1603–1867) that common people began to visit onsen for recreational purposes.
With such a long history behind it, it won’t surprise you to know that onsen have a lot of customs and rules, both written and unwritten.
When you were young, did you daydream about visiting the bathhouse in Spirited Away, or wandering through the forest from Princess Mononoke? Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ) is a household name in Japan and has also gained recognition around the world. However, some international Studio Ghibli fans might be surprised to learn that several of the settings in their beloved childhood films are actually real places in Japan! Here’s a list of Studio Ghibli films’ real-life locations that true fans would definitely want to check out.
Spirited Away Bathhouse Exterior
Even those who haven’t seen the international hit Spirited Away are likely to be familiar with the iconic bathhouse where the majority of the film is set. The bathhouse’s exterior was said to be modeled after a few different onsen in Japan, but the most well-known source of inspiration is Dōgo Onsen (道後温泉) in Ehime Prefecture. Some people boast that it is the only onsen that inspired the one in the film, even though Miyazaki himself says there were actually several.
Dōgo Onsen has another claim to fame in Japan – with history dating back over 1000 years, it is one of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan. The multi-storied main building closely resembles the bathhouse in Spirited Away, but lacks the film’s famous red bridge, which Miyazaki took from a different onsen.
Image/photo: Left (image) – Studio Ghibli: Right (photo) – Gaijinpot Travel
Spirited Away Bathhouse Interior
Fans of Spirited Away likely also remember Kamaji, the old man who operated the boiler room. But the boiler rooms where Kamaji worked wasn’t modeled after an actual boiler room – it was actually inspired by the stationary store Takei Sanshodo (武居三省堂 ) in the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Tokyo. The museum features around 30 reconstructed buildings that have relocated from around Tokyo. Many of these …continue reading
The gates are open, folks. And many of our friends and colleagues who have been on the sidelines these last few years are again enjoying some forward momentum, swinging open their own doors, offering up Japan’s regional saké and serving up prefectural eats.
And they’re welcoming tourists back to Japan and domestic help back to the game as well. So expect this upward swing to continue, flaneurs.
And, extra-special bonus: if you’ve been hedging on time to get into the hospitality world, now might be the best time to give it a whirl. So here are our featured gigs for this month—all of ’em in hospitality!
Trip puppet master needed for inbound sales and service
Do you love off-the-beaten-path travel and thrive in a hands-on, get-stuff-done environment? Business is picking up at Kyoto’s Oku, Japan, and they could use someone like you to help ensure each trip they plan for each customer comes off without a hitch.
From knowing the ins and outs of trip destinations to fielding information requests and managing customer expectations, your work as a destination specialist will have you acting as Oku Japan’s point person for unique destinations and tours all across Japan.
Aside from being a multi-tasker extraordinaire, to score well with this opportunity, you’ll need to also be fluent in English (Spanish or Italian skills would be great). You must have permission to work in Japan and have solid sales and marketing chops.
Domestic or international travel might also be required, but I’m guessing that for you, that’s just the icing on the cake. If your idea of a good solid day at work is one without a lot of sitting still, this is …continue reading