All About Japan

Katrina Vinluan

Katrina Vinluan

All About Katrina Vinluan
After working as an editor for Summit Media, the leading publishing company in the Philippines, I went to business school in Tokyo to prepare for the building of my future social enterprise that combines the elements of my Creative Source, Travelvocacy, and Ministry of Food. Nowadays, while learning Nihongo, I’m writing my memoir Made in Japan, while hosting and cooking for the PhilippineRoving Restaurant, promoting cultural exchange in Japan. My favorite words are write, eat, travel, yoga, and
What I like about Japan
A new experience awaits everyday—just an easy train ride away!
By the River Meguro, I Sat Down

By the River Meguro, I Sat Down

Thanks to the sakura along the Meguro River, Nakameguro is perhaps one of the more frequented residential areas during cherry blossom season. Here's what to expect on your first-time sakura experience in Nakameguro, a walkable destination from Shibuya.

How To Explore Kyoto on a Student Budget

How To Explore Kyoto on a Student Budget

If you think Kyoto is too expensive, just ask students for secret tips to help you get going on an adventure to this ancient city that truly depicts Japan's culture, tradition and history.

Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go

Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go

No two places are quite alike in Japan. If you think you know the rules of Tokyo, get ready for the adjustments you'll need to make when in Kyoto. This is the info you need to know if it's your first time in this historic city of culture.

'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer

'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer

Each prefecture in Japan has a distinct character and something to be remembered for. Kyoto is not all shrines and temples, but a place for good food and other finds too! Here's a half-day plan for first-time experiences in Kyoto.

8 Ways to Go Deeper (& Cheaper!) in Kanazawa

8 Ways to Go Deeper (& Cheaper!) in Kanazawa

While you can just take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa, why not take your time and take in some culture on the way? Then we've got some tips for how to save money while you're there!

Top 5 Tea Places for Ladies Who Just Lunched

Top 5 Tea Places for Ladies Who Just Lunched

Yes, girls just wanna have fun! And for some, this means a long chat over tea in a calming environment that grants breathing space. While big name tea franchises abound in Japan, here are Tokyo and Yokohama's best kept secrets.

The Best of Kanazawa for Every Traveler

The Best of Kanazawa for Every Traveler

If you only have a limited time to explore Kanazawa, make the most of your trip by knowing all the must-try foods and must-do activities in this charming and historic town before you go. We'll break it down for each type of traveler out there.

Top 5 Must-Try Food Experiences in Kanazawa

Top 5 Must-Try Food Experiences in Kanazawa

Gold's not the only thing to buy and try in Kanazawa. Thanks to its proximity to the shoreline, the city's also famous for glorious, scrumptious food. Perhaps a crab feast is in order!

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

On a date, a good dessert after a meal is as sweet as a memorable goodnight kiss. Hop to a stop on our list before calling it a night, as sweet memories are made of these!

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

There's no better way to get to know your date than to dive into a first-time experience for both of you. Here are five outside-the-box ideas you can try in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas that are sure to give you insight into one another!

5 Things to Do with ¥100 Udon or Soba

5 Things to Do with ¥100 Udon or Soba

Like a famous cooking challenge show, today we will be working with a secret ingredient: ¥100 udon or soba in five different and inventive recipes that won't break the bank. So get your apron on and let's get started!

Spice up Your Life with 5 Healthy Ingredients

Spice up Your Life with 5 Healthy Ingredients

Ever wonder why Japanese people live longer than anyone else on the planet? Their diet seems to do the trick, as fermented products with digestion aids and probiotics make up their daily dishes. These videos will show you healthy ingredients worth a try!

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Natto'

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Natto'

Anthony Bourdain, who has tried eating silkworms for a meal, has refused to eat 'natto'. But with a little familiarity, and a lot of convincing that this superfood is oh-so-healthy, you'd forget that this fermented soybean is downright stinky.

Now Serving: Hot Autumn Performances

Now Serving: Hot Autumn Performances

If you think the only thing delectable in Japan is the rich cuisine, you're missing a lot. There's a vast menu of performances to enjoy in Tokyo in the early days of autumn—served hot, even as summer ends.

5 Tokyo Cafés Featuring Famous Animals

5 Tokyo Cafés Featuring Famous Animals

If animals and furry friends make you say 'kawaii,' go ecstatic as you enjoy coffee and good food in these cafés inspired by the world's favorite animals.

Adulting! Theme Parks for Dates & Daydreamers

Adulting! Theme Parks for Dates & Daydreamers

Wouldn't it be nice to be together with your lover on a day full of daydreaming and adventuring? If you think Disney and USJ too crowded for some quality time, then try one of the underrated, yet equally superb alternatives for grown-ups.

5 Oldest Coffee Shops in Tokyo

5 Oldest Coffee Shops in Tokyo

Coffee culture in Japan did not necessarily have a good start, but these 5 shops somehow withstood the test of time.

All in a Day's Pass!

All in a Day's Pass!

Train convenience may be the best thing you could enjoy in Japan, but unplanned itineraries could be costly due to frequent use of the trains. But with careful planning, all you need is a one-time purchase ticket for the entire day.

5 Childhood Fantasies Come to Life in Japan

5 Childhood Fantasies Come to Life in Japan

Tooth fairies, gingerbread houses, chocolate factories... your childhood fantasy may exist somewhere in Japan.

5 of Japan's Weirdest Burgers

5 of Japan's Weirdest Burgers

The culture of 'kawaii' may well have influenced both burger chains and hole-in-the-wall cafés to come up with burgers that are not only tasty, but also Instagram-worthy.

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