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4 best Tokyo nightclubs for celebrity spotting
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4 best Tokyo nightclubs for celebrity spotting

Stars are notorious for their privacy, but you may catch them at these glamorous spots during the wee hours
Unapologetic chick drink of the week: Tsuru-ume Yuzu
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Unapologetic chick drink of the week: Tsuru-ume Yuzu

Not all chick drinks have to be artificially sweet. Sipping this citric liqueur is feminine while being earthy as well
Izu Oshima: The volcanic island that time and Tokyo forgot
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Izu Oshima: The volcanic island that time and Tokyo forgot

A tropical-island escape without leaving Tokyo -- officially
Rival pâtissiers battle it out in Midtown
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Rival pâtissiers battle it out in Midtown

Jean Paul Hevin or Sadaharu Aoki? Both offer competing claims on the luxury dessert crown, so just eat both
Go camping … right in the middle of Tokyo
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Go camping … right in the middle of Tokyo

Amid smoke stacks, concrete buildings and parking lots clogged with 18-wheel trucks, Wakasu Park Camp Site offers the great outdoors where you don't expect them
Don't low-ball the highball
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Don't low-ball the highball

After decades of being viewed as your grandfather's cocktail of choice, the highball is back
Bonsai master breeds happiness in a pot
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Bonsai master breeds happiness in a pot

From beer cans to bedside tables, 15-time winner of bonsai competitions Kunio Kobayashi extols the art of micro-pruning
Feeling blue? Good, it's working
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Feeling blue? Good, it's working

JR installs blue mood lighting in a novel counter-intuitive effort to curb suicides
Welcome to Utsunomiya-- gyoza town
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Welcome to Utsunomiya-- gyoza town

A once-neglected prefectural capital puts itself on the map with endlessly creative versions of the pan-fried dumpling
Tangled up in brew: Tokyo’s top craft beer bars
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Tangled up in brew: Tokyo’s top craft beer bars

You can’t walk anywhere in Roppongi without kicking a can of Asahi Super Dry -- but when you’re ready for something different, walk this way …
A call for vegetable equality
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A call for vegetable equality

Ex-finance workers head to the fields of Northern Japan to free the bent cucumber from persecution