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Tokyo Travel Essentials

While there are no giant monsters battling in Tokyo’s streets, the reality is every bit as exhilarating. A city of stark contrasts, Tokyo is fast-paced and frantic, tech-obsessed and trendy. Yet despite the fixation with everything new, nostalgia for tradition does not waver, as seen in the numerous…

12 Cultural Shows to Watch Around Asia

TOKYO, JAPAN https://www.instagram.com/p/BJq0SCoB1ss/ Tokyo might not have a traditional geisha (traditional female entertainers) quarter like Gion in Kyoto, or a long tradition of bunraku (puppet theatre) as Osaka, but as the capital of the country it does have a strong Japanese identity. Those who are intrigued by the…

10 Halal Food Establishments in Japan

With more than a million Muslim tourists visiting Japan annually, restaurants have increasingly stepped up to offer local fare that is both delicious and halal. Yet, given the deep roots that pork and alcohol have in traditional Japanese cuisine, such restaurants aren’t plenty to come by. If you…

Becoming a Hamakko

Words: Ellyse Ng Photography: Ariff Shah Sopian Wa kei sei jaku – harmony, respect, purity, tranquility. Those are the main principles that guide the ‘Way of Tea’, which is, at its simplest, the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. I didn’t dare move as I watched the tea…

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