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X Large, Harajuku Tokyo: Men's fashion Tokyo

Omotesando and Harajuku aren’t just for the ladies! If you’re looking for some Japanese men’s clothing brands in Tokyo, here are our top 5 recommendations!

1. Beams

Though Beams has labels designed for women and children, men in particular will be able find some choice clothing at the Harajuku location. With its mixture of Californian surfer vibe and all around comfy cool fashions, Beams is an easy spot to make yourself fashionable from head to toe.

2. The Pool Aoyama

The fashion isn’t the only unique aspect of The Pool Aoyama. This shop was built over a refurbished public pool, and as you walk over the glass floor, you can enjoy checking out the original signs that are still intact. The apparel and accessories available here are in cool neutral colors and are a mix of several different high-end labels that don’t sacrifice comfort for fashion.

LHP storefront

3. L.H.P. (Lazy Hazy Planet)

If you’ve ever wondered where all the hipsters, soft grunge fanatics, and Kanye West got their clothing from, it was probably at Lazy Hazy Planet (or L.H.P. for short). L.H.P is located right across from the exit of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, and you’ll find a wide variety of different fashions from several labels to give you some true hipster swag.

4. Bounty Hunter

Recently, Japanese men’s fashion has reflected old-school 80’s rap video styles: bandanas, chino pants, and collared short sleeve button up shirts. Bounty Hunter, which is deep in the backstreets of Omotesando, makes their own special brand of street fashion. Shop here and you can join the other ranks of young men who are rapidly embracing this comfortable, yet stylish trend.

5. X-Large

Though started in America, X-Large has recently found a new home in Omotesando. If you like skater fashion, you will be right at home in this store. Filled with screen printed T-shirts and embroidered premium hats, get your fill of this classic skate brand!

Didn’t quite find what you need? Shibuya’s 109 Mens and Tsumori Chisato’s upscale Omotesando boutique are also great places to find trendy men’s fashion.

June 19, 2016 0 comment
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tokyo food delivery

Living in Tokyo and feel like a lazy night in with some good food delivered straight to your door? Even if you don’t speak Japanese there are still several options available to you, covering everything from sushi to pizza to curry.

Tokyo Food Delivery : English Options

1. Maishoku: Maishoku is the easiest food delivery service for English-speaking foreigners in Tokyo. It’s perfect for the newly-arrived expat or long-term resident and lets you eat great Tokyo food in the comfort of your own room. Delivery options include hundreds of restaurants in Tokyo, and Maishoku allows you to receive your order ASAP or in the future, like when you’re coming home from a long day out.

2. Rakuten (Google Translated, but it works): Rakuten’s website offers food delivery via neighborhood links. That way, no matter where you live, you can browse their options before deciding on what you want to eat. Categories offered include sushi, pizza, bento, fried chicken and a plethora of others, delivered to your doorstep.

3. Premium Delivery: Premium Delivery is another online service that allows you to order food in English. Currently, their delivery area is limited to Minato ward in Tokyo.

4. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s has an English website that lets you to order pizza and sides wherever you live in Japan (as long as you live near a Domino’s store, of course). They often have coupons available too, so check to see if you’re eligible for a discount on your order. And if you go and pick up your order, you’ll get a second pizza of equal or lesser value for free!

5. Kiwi Kitchen: If you’re looking for something a bit more homely, then Kiwi Kitchen can satisfy your desires. Kiwi Kitchen offers catering and delivery of various foods like lasagna and curry rice to either your workplace or home. The website is in both English and Japanese and Kiwi Kitchen will delivery in and around the Minato-ku area.

6. UberEats: “Get the food you want, from the Tokyo restaurants you love, delivered at Uber speed.” A great motto for a great new service! UberEats is working with over a hundred of the best spots in Tokyo to bring their great dishes to your front door. UberEats is currently limited in the number of locations they serve in Tokyo, but they’re expanding rapidly. Order through the Uber app (iTunes store or Google Play) or online (English instructions on their website).

Japanese Options

As indicated, these sites are only in Japanese and don’t necessarily cater to English speakers, so you may want to get help from a Japanese friend to place an order. However, I have not found any them to be especially difficult to use, even with less-than-perfect Japanese. Give it a try, you might surprise yourself!

1. Demae-can: Demae-can is the biggest and best food delivery in Japan and has a huge variety of food to choose from. There is no English site though, but if you have basic Japanese knowledge it is fairly easy to navigate their site and make an order.

2. fineDine: fineDine offers food delivery from some of the best restaurants in central Tokyo. Most of the restaurants are a little pricey, but top quality is guaranteed. Again, they don’t have an English website but their site is pretty easy to navigate with basic Japanese knowledge.

3. CoCo Curry House: If you’re craving curry, then the popular CoCo Curry house is the place for you. They offer delivery and since they have so many locations in Tokyo, there’s a good chance they can bring some hot curry to your doorstep. Their website also offers a multilingual menu, which you can use to help place your order.

4. Faith: Hamburgers are pretty popular in Tokyo, so it would only make sense for a delivery hamburger joint to pop up and offer delivery to multiple wards. Faith hamburger is a “gourmet” burger restaurant located in Shinjuku that offers at least 12 different kinds of burgers and party plates that will fulfill your craving for a good burger.

5. Bento.jp: Bento.jp is actually a smartphone application, available in the iTunes store and on Google Play. With just the touch of a button, you can have a bento lunches delivered in 20 minutes for 800 yen each. Currently, bento.jp only delivers in Shibuya, Minato, and Chiyoda.

May 8, 2014 0 comment
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