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Japan Links #17

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Japan Lover Me have a fun new series running just now of Only In Japan. So far we’ve got cute features on things like owl cafes, wine spas and the Cat and Rabbit islands. Follow them on Tumblr for more, or submit your own ideas.

If you enjoyed the music chat in my most recent Kaiwa Japan interview, Ben at Stereo Sanctity is writing about the random 1960s 7″ singles he bought in Japan, plus a lengthy account of going to a gig at Tokyo’s UFO Cafe.

Jenna did a Lolita fashion makeover in Shinjuku, where you get to pick from some amazingly cute dresses. Definitely a fun thing to do if you can’t afford to buy one.

Japandex is a new website from the guy behind 10 Days in Japan. It’s packed full of video guides, podcasts and travel tips so worth checking if you’re planning a trip or just like to relive your past visits. He’s just returned from a trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka so look out for new content soon.

Tokyo Cheapo are also expanding, with Japan Cheapo launching soon. They’ve had some good articles recently, including Top Tokyo Flea Markets, Where to Buy Kimono and a really helpful Beginners’ Guide to Tokyo.

They also have an interview with photographer and blogger ShootTokyo who currently has a Kickstarter running for a photo book. Still a couple of days left to pledge if you fancy one.

RocketNews24 has an outing to Ra.a.g.f. rabbit cafe in Tokyo, some essential resources for learning Japanese and great news that Osaka is launching city-wide free wi-fi.

Sad news for fabric fans – it seems Lucky Star might have closed down. If you never got to enjoy the sight of their giant antique cash register, you really missed an experience. If you’re visiting Meguro please let me know if it’s still there, or showing any signs of moving/refurbishing.

I have started work on an updated Tokyo Shopping Guide, but remember you can pick up a copy of the current one (which is still at least 90% accurate) for just £1.

Watch this space for more Japan Links soon, but in a different format… In the meantime, I leave you with bunny parfaits available at Nicolas Charles in Ginza. Want!

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