Ikuna Kamezawa

Have you tried Tokushima ramen? No? You should (says our obsessed Japanese-language reporter)

This relatively unknown local delicacy is well worth getting your hands on…if you can find it!

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We visit a restaurant called ‘Otaku’ in France, eat some otaku sushi

We expected the Parisian restaurant to be overflowing with anime goods, but the reality was something quite different.

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It looks like Costco, it sounds like Costco, but it’s actually Dodosuco — we visit look-alike store

When is a branch of Costco not a branch of Costco? When it’s a Dodosuco.

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We Pokémon GO to Utsunomiya City for some Pokétourism

Join us on a Polywhirlwind tour of Utsunomiya.

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Japanese confectionery store Toraya serves up a surprising meal in Paris

Wagashi suppliers to the Imperial Family offer a different experience to customers overseas.

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We visit Osaka’s newly dubbed Koreatown for the first time and set our sights on all of the food

After viewing 60+ varieties of kimchi in a single shop alone, our reporter learns that she has much to learn about Korean cuisine.

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Discount super market’s super cheap bento wows us with its looks, confuses us with its taste

A tremendous value for money…that is, if you don’t mind eating it.

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We visit the Paris branch of Muji in search for some minimalist products only found in France

Parisian branch of Muji is perfect blend of European and Japanese tastes.

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Can our 30-something reporter pull off the fashions of this hit lucky bag for Tokyo teens?【Pics】

Ikuna takes a chance on a lucky bag she’s in the market, but not the target market, for.

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New Year lucky bag from makeup giant Shu Uemura may disappoint makeup buffs but thrill otaku

Maybe the real luxuries are the pirates we met along the way.

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We get our hands on a coveted Yodobashi lucky bag, this time the beauty and health gadget box

Does Yodobashi Camera live up to expectations with its highly popular lucky bags?

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We buy a kitchen gadget lucky bag that was so heavy we had to call for help to bring it home

The “Otoshidama Box of Dreams” is a box worth taking home…if you can carry it. 

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Egyptian restaurant Sumo Sushi offers our Japanese reporter a delightful yet quirky lunch

Interesting decor, enticing food names, and endearing staff made this a meal Ikuna will always remember!

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What are the most popular Gundam model kits in Paris? French Bandai Store gives us the answer

And we learned a lot about Gunpla in the process!

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We search for virtual love in brand new dating sim Tokimeki Memorial: Girls’ Side 4

Cheer on our Japanese-language reporter Ikuna in her quest to bag a fictional boyfriend!

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We stumble across hidden gems at Paris branch of Japanese second-hand bookstore Book Off in Paris

Japan’s biggest chain of used books and other media blends right in with the City of Lights.

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Three remarkable ramen shops in Spain, according our traveling Japanese reporter

Ikuna has tried tons of Japanese restaurants in Spain…but these all stood out for very different reasons.

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How do European Cup Noodles taste to a Japanese palate?

A serious culinary deep dive for those who need their instant ramen to taste like Japanese instant ramen.

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What to expect when traveling abroad from Japan in a global pandemic

Our Japanese-language reporter writes on the peculiarities of traveling from a high-risk country during a pandemic.

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What it’s like to apply for and receive a vaccine passport in Japan for travel abroad

Our reporter shares some important things to know if you’ll be applying for a vaccine passport within Japan.

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