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The Amrita Tokyo – Japan’s first “naked restaurant” to open in July 2016

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Naked dining will be allowed in Tokyo from July 29th onwards. In a fine-dining restaurant called ‘The Amrita’, diners will be able to feast freely in an ‘Adam and Eve’ style banquet, wearing nothing but paper underpants. Top male models from America and Europe will also be on display as part of the experience. There’s a catch though – people who are not within their optimal Body Mass Index range will be denied entry. So time to go on that diet if you want to get in!

Source: Japan’s first “naked restaurant” to open in Tokyo with age and weight restrictions | RocketNews24

Teppan Bar Q – for authentic and fusion teppanyaki tastes from Hakata

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Tantalising teppan and tapas that won’t break the bank. Whether celebrating with friends and family or dining alone, this is a great place to chill while ogling the sizzling meats on the grill.

Check out the review by Derrick of SGfoodonfoot for ratings and recommendations.

Source: SG Food on Foot | Singapore Food Blog | Best Singapore Food | Singapore Food Reviews: Teppan Bar Q @ Robinson Walk – Contemporary Teppanyaki Restaurant with Spanish Influence

Pokémon Café Singapore in Bugis Junction May 27 – Jul 31

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From now until 31 July, you have a chance to Catch ’em all at the Pokemon Popup Cafe in Bugis Junction. Well, that is, if you are a die-hard fan willing to wait out the queue. Opening day saw waiting times of up to 5 hours! If that doesn’t make you go “Pika! Pika!”, then come check out the latest character cafe’s food and merchandise.

Source: Pokémon Café Singapore – Maybe Don’t Have To Catch ‘Em All. At Bugis Junction May 27 – Jul 31

Funan Anime Matsuri

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Funan Anime Matsuri 2016

Fuel your inner Otaku with a full week of anime screenings, star cosplayers, anisong guests, merchandise, contests and more! Don’t miss out on this popular annual event happening from 6-12 June 2016.


Source: Funan Anime Matsuri | Funan Anime Matsuri

Meet Maru, the most famous Shiba Inu on Instagram

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Maru the Shiba Inu
Maru the Shiba Inu 

With 2.4 million followers, Maru the Shiba Inu is probably the highest ranking celebrity animal in Instagram. With that famous grin and those kawaii captures of him and his stuffed animals, it is no wonder that even Time Magazine has labelled him “The Best Dog in the World”!

The most famous dog on Instagram, Marutaro is a 9-year-old Shiba from Japan, and his charming looks and adorable demeanour are his not-so-secret weapons.

Source: Dogstagram Tuesday: Marutaro | Vanillapup

Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat

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Fukumaru, the famous cat of Granny Misao, died in 2015. However, his death was only announced in February this year, in accordance to the wishes of the family.

If you do not already know, Granny Misao and her odd-eyed Fukumaru gained rapid online popularity due to the heartwarming photos of Miyoko Ihara. Miyoko, who is Misao’s granddaughter started documenting the life of her granny in photographs back in 2000. 3 years later, Granny Misao found Fukumaru in her shed and the duo formed an incredible bond.

Miyoko has since published a photobook of Granny and Fukumaru which is available in Amazon. But more than just a chronicle of a woman and her cat, the photos captured a life away from urban complexities and complicated relationships. Looking at the photos of Granny (who is in her 90s now!) and Fukumaru at work in the fields, basking in the sun and enjoying a watermelon, one cannot help but be moved. Moved by the quiet dignity of living each day to the best of one’s ability, no matter how simple a life it is.

Grab some tissues as you browse through Miyoko’s website. As she wrote in her book, “Even if you lose something very precious, even if a storm comes, or maybe your happiness overflows, those days and those moments will never come again. My grandmother lives every day of her life. If you can remain steady and patient, everything will be alright. Tomorrow must be a good day.”

Source: Daily Shi Kojitsu of Miyoko IHARA WEBSITE

Interactive Robot Kitty Showcase in Suntec

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A must for Hello Kitty enthusiasts! Check out the Robot Kitty Exhibition in Suntec City from 11 – 21 June for interactive Kitty games and super kawaii exhibits.

Source: Hai Japan はい日本 : About Japanese news, lifestyle, fashion, food, entertainment, arts and events in Singapore

SAVOR JAPAN – Online Japan Food Guide 

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Online Japan food guide
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Japan has revised its targeted tourist arrivals from 20 million to 40 million annually by 2020. With such soaring ambitions, needless to say, everyone is doing what they can, to make travel to Japan a breeze. All travel involves culinary experiences and eating in Japan has so much to offer.

As part of your trip planning, check out website Savor Japan, which provides a plethora of dining information and recommendations. Beautiful photos and even videos will have you drooling and wishing you were on that flight to Japan now. 


Japan, a nation of epicureans, offers not only the world’s finest washoku, but also exquisite French, Italian and Chinese cuisine. Visit Japan’s finest restaurants, strictly selected by Savor Japan, and discover the latest trends in this gourmet market.

Source: Feature Stories – SAVOR JAPAN -Japanese Restaurant Guide-

Get Yourself a Yukata from UNIQLO Singapore

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Hey everyone!

We are excited to discover that we can buy Japanese Yukatas from Uniqlo Singapore from selected stores and online starting from 12 May 2016!

A yukata is a casual version of the kimono and is traditionally worn after bathing in a communical bath. Hence, yukatas are usually offered to guests in hotspring ryokans (guesthouses). Recently, the yukata has also been a way of dressing for summer festivals. For more info on Uniqlo yukatas, check this site out:

For those of us who have no idea how to wear a yukata, this very helpful and elegant tutorial by Uniqlo will give you a good idea. Important to remember:- always have the left side of the yukata overlapping the right side as the reverse is usually meant for the dead (>_<)


Gallery Rare Singapore – for Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags

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Gallery Rare Singapore – for Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags

Japanese pre-loved luxury goods chain, Gallery Rare, has set up shop in Mandarin Gallery Orchard Road. Drop by to be wowed by the candalicious array of Hermes bags on display.

Gallery Rare Singapore – for Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags

Gallery Rare Singapore offers the largest collection of Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags in South-East Asia.

Source: Gallery Rare Singapore – for Hermes Birkin and Kelly luxury bags

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