Writer: Fuad Olajuwon

Fuad Olajuwon writes, lives, and works in Japan. When not saving money for graduate school, he spends most of his time in Yokocho alleyways or training to one day fight in the Budokan.

Inside Irregular Rhythm Asylum

A Shop of Different World Views – Irregular Rhythm Asylum and the Heartbeat of Japanese Counterculture

The moment you venture into the infoshop, be prepared to gaze upon reams of posters, books, “zines,” t-shirts, and other goods that favor countercultural ideas. From anarchist thinkers such as Mikhail Bakunin to early Japanese nonconformists like Noe Ito and Kotoku Shusui, you’ll find something to sink your political teeth into without much trouble.

Hidden Gems: Scopp Cafe Shinjuku

Shinjuku is an interesting place. No matter where you turn, you’re bound to find something that will spark your interest or pique your curiosity. It is at those moments when you realize that you’ve stumbled upon gold. When you’ve created a moment that will last you a lifetime. That is what Scopp Cafe represents.

Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Shinjuku

The gritty streets of Kabukicho contrast with the majesty of Mosaic Street, where couples walk hand in hand under decorative lights. One cannot explore the area in its entirety on an empty stomach, so let’s cover some of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants you’ll find on your journey.

Statue of Murasaki Shikibu in front of the river

Top Things to Do in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture

Uji - a place that harbors all the charms of major cities like Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, but remains on the sidelines, rewarding those who seek to venture outside of the tourist guide. With a countless number of places you can go and experiences you can have in the city, here are a few to get you started.

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