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Yoku Moku – The Famous Butter Cookie Shop and Lounge

Yoku Moku

Yoku Moku is a premium confectionary brand that creates delicate butter confections made with all natural ingredients without preservatives or additives. The cookies are made primarily of butter, sugar, egg whites, and flour, and the combination literally melts in your mouth. They are light, crunchy, and delicious. Each Yoku Moku cookie is cafeully packaged …

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Bornelund Playville, Osaka – An Indoor and Outdoor kids` Play Space

Bornelund Playville

Bornelund Playville is an extension of the Bornelund toy shops and popular Kid-o-Kid indoor playcenters. Bornelund combined the two adding an outdoor play space filled with plants, water, sand and natural-type of playground versus the colorful plastic equipment we`ve grown accustomed to. They opened their first Playville in Tennoji Osaka in October last …

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Picard Frozen Food Grocery Store (Aoyama, Azabu-Juban & Nakameguro) – French Convenience Food

Busy Tokyo families rejoice! Picard Frozen Food Grocery has arrived in Japan, just in time for the holidays. Now open in Nakameguro, Aoyama, and Azabu-Juban & online

French food to me is synonymous to fresh ingredients and meticulous preparation, so the Picard Frozen Food Grocery Store openings around Tokyo were a bit of a surprise. Everything in the stores is frozen! If you are a busy family, the Picard store is a dream come true. We bought …

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Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa – An Art and Technology Store

Tsutaya Electrics

Tsutaya Electrics in Futakotamagawa is my new favorite place to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book with or without the kids while browsing their art, appliances, and home space. Located near the creative DIY Factory where you can learn, make, buy DIY products; the 100 Spoons Family Restaurant, Futakotamaga Park, …

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Nakaoe Park Playground, Osaka

Nakaoe Park

Nakaoe Park (中大江公園) is a large 100 square meter space divided into four large multi-purpose areas; an area for toddlers, a playground, an open space, and green space with beautiful cherry trees in Spring. We were staying at the Hotel MyStays Otemae and stumbled upon this park after an early morning wake up from …

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J.S. Pancake Cafe – Twelve locations in Japan serving brunch all day

J.S. Pancake Cafe

J.S. Pancake Cafe (ジェイエス パンケーキカフェ) serves delicious and filling brunch all day every day. J.S. Pancake Cafe is owned by the Japanese casual clothing brand, Journal Standard, and specializes in savory and sweet pancakes. They have twelve locations in Japan including two in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. We stopped in at the Tennoji location in the Mio …

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Dratec Racing Simulators, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Dratec

We stumbled across Dratec (ドラテク) Racing Simulator shop while exploring Shinsaibashi suji, one of Osaka`s oldest and busiest shopping districts. Dratec Driving Technique houses four race car simulators consisting of triple screen displays, audio and vibration systems and software that includes 100 tracks from around the world. These simulators are actually …

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Shake Shack Ebisu – All-natural 100% hormone-free Angus Beef Burgers

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a New York City based American restaurant chain that uses all-natural 100% angus beef completely free of hormones and antibiotics. They pride themselves on sourcing incredible ingredients from like-minded farmers, bakers and food purveyors. “Our burgers are made with 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers (no added hormones). Our …

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Kids Plaza Osaka – The Museum Where Kids Learn Through Play

Kids Plaza Osaka

Kids Plaza Osaka is an excellent indoor museum to take your kids to rain or shine. Built as an educational museum in 1997 it provides three floors of exhibits and activities that will keep your kids interested and engaged for hours. When entering Kids Plaza visitors are first greeted by their “Ball Circus”, …

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Luke’s Lobster Japan, Hiroo New Opening – Also in Omotesando, Shibuya & 3 Other Locations

Luke's Lobster Japan

I am a New Englander and grew up on lobster, so I am thrilled that Luke’s Lobster is expanding in Japan. They have just opened their sixth Japan store in Hiroo. If you are still waiting in the HUGE line in Omotesando, come on down to Hiroo, especially M-F when it …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Camden Blue Star Osaka

Camden Blue Star Donuts is a Portland-born doughnut shop that opened in Osaka`s bustling Shinsaibashisuji neighborhood in September 2016. Little A and I were thrilled to have stumbled onto Camden Blue Star after a long morning of sight seeing in Shinsaibashisuji. We had visited their Daikanyama Log Road location in Tokyo just last month and were …

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Søstrene Grene, Jingue Mae – Great Value Scandinavian Home Accessories and Crafts

Søstrene Grene

Søstrene Grene a Scandinavian design home accessories, kitchen ware, gifts, stationery and interior furnishings chain has opened their first store in Japan.  The store is located right off the main Omotesando strip behind Omotesando Hills. The store offers super value items from yarn, paint, and beads to candles and end tables for your apartment. …

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Tennoji Zoo, Osaka – An Urban Oasis in Metropolitan Osaka

Tennoji Zoo Park

Tennoji Zoo (Osaka Zoo), opened in 1915, is Japan`s third oldest zoo. Over the years Osaka City`s Recreation and Tourism Bureau has been working to contribute to the protection and preservation of wild species by renovating the zoo`s old facilities into more efficient ones as well as introducing natural habitats for the …

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