My Solo Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Japan Alone

The Solo Traveler's Guide to Visiting Japan Alonep

I count my blessings often that I have a job that has provided me with the ability to do some traveling. I had always written off Japan as being too expensive while growing up, but between student loan and rent payments, I’ve been fortunate to scrap together the money to go to Japan a few times. The times I have gone, I’ve gone alone. This is always met with looks of shock and confusion. A young girl like me, going to Japan, alone?! Unfortunately, going overseas is a big budget trip, and whenever I ask people to go with me they apologize for it being too expensive. Instead of waiting around, I’ve adopted the habit of visiting Japan alone. And guess what? There’s tons of benefits to doing so.

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The Osomatsu-san Cafe Experience

The Osomatsu-san Cafe Experience

Anime food tastes better than regular food. It’s a fact that anything with your favorite character on it is going to taste better, and Osomatsu-san‘s staff seems to know this well. At any given time around Tokyo, there’s an event happening featuring exclusive merchandise or goodies to obtain. It’s equal parts soul sucking and thrilling to obtain a reservation or track down a Osomatsu-san cafe collaboration before all of their merchandise runs out.

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My Mission in Trying Everything at Shirokuma Cafe

Shirokuma Cafe / Polar Bear's Cafe Tokyo

The first time I went to Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear’s Cafe) in Tokyo’s Takadanobaba neighborhood, I was shaking. Shirokuma Cafe is one of my favorite shows, and after I learned there was a real cafe, it became my life’s mission to go. I’m happy to report that I went and had the best time ever. So much so, that I immediately went the next day. And the next. And then a couple days after that. My mission of going to the cafe has been replaced with the mission to try everything on the menu — not easy when it changes seasonally. Still, I’ve accomplished trying the main three dishes the cafe has to offer. And more!

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I Tried These Osomatsu-san Sheet Masks So You Don’t Have To

Welcome to 2017! My new year’s resolution is to take better care of myself. Both superficially (being kinder to my skin), mentally (not being so hard on myself), and from the inside out (cooking more and not eating so recklessly). It’s a bonus when I can keep up with my resolutions in a fun way, and I boarded the sheet mask hype train last year. I can’t attest to their actual usefulness, but I do generally feel much more hydrated after putting one on.

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Hide and Seek with Osomatsu-san in Roppongi

Hide and Seek with Osomatsu-san in Roppongi

You usually don’t have to play hide and seek with Osomatsu-san when in Japan. They come to you. They’re everywhere. Their big eyes watch you from every shop window, you hear Iyami singing in every Tower Records, you hear the opening themes blaring from the open door of every arcade you pass. It’s their country.

But you thought you were safe at the train station, at least.

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