Hype in Samurai Armor photo studio

Long gone are the days when samurai defended their lords and fought under the way of the samurai, known as “bushido”. The times of the armored samurai came to an end during the Meiji restoration, when the new government abolished the warrior caste, and forbid the use of katana. We’ve seen their armor and katana in museums. We’ve seen their stories in movies. Now there’s a chance to become a samurai, at least for a day, at the Samurai Armor Photo Studio, in Shibuya. I tried the experience and couldn’t have enough of the photoshooting and learning all my brain could retain about the samurai and the dressing process of the armor.

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Takemura volunteered for this amazing shot using real katana.

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Hooters “Side-B” in Shibuya

The famous restaurant brand Hooters keeps expanding in Tokyo with an attractive concept “interactive gaming bar” in partnership with Namco. I’ve never been before in any Hooters restaurant, and this was the perfect timing to be the first. In the most recently travel blogging scene, there’s a clear tendency for backpacking, vegan, solo, female, travelers that collapses my social media feed. Of course that’s wonderful, but sometimes it feels that I’m out of the trends. Today’s review of Hooters Gaming Bar Side-B is for all those man in their 20-30, craving for meat, games, and sports. Tag along with your best buddies and head to Shibuya, there’s a wonderful place waiting for you.

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Newest Hooters in Tokyo, the Gaming Bar Side-B in Shibuya.

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Walk around and join the fun in Yoyogi park

Located in the northern part of Shibuya. Next to the Meiji shrine and Harajuku fashion district, the Yoyogi park is one of the largest public parks in Tokyo. During my life in Tokyo I’ve visited many times Yoyogi park. Birthday picnics, music and other events, as for cherry blossom season. A wonderful place to escape without leaving the city with some friends, relax and join the fun in the park.

Inscription “Yoyogi koen” at the entrance of the park in Tokyo.

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Countdown and New Year hype celebration in Tokyo

It’s becoming a tradition to spend some winter time in Tokyo for the last years, and the plans just got better every year. From the check in at the hotel on the last day of the year, to the first night of the new one. Here’s a follow up of how I celebrated New Year in Tokyo, and other plans to spend an awesome New Year in Japan capital city. Anything you miss on the list? Feel free to leave a comment with any recommendation, or plans you made on last New Year in the section below.

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A themed bowl of soba noodles for Hamasaki Ayumi countdown live at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
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