What's Trending in Japan?! Weekly Digest (7/30 - 8/3, 2018)
Are you sick of getting late news on the newest hot topics in Japan? This article series is a quick and easy weekly digest that'll give you the scoop on the top 3 trends making waves on Japan's social media platforms! The best photo spots, awesome new tourist places, delicious and unique foods... you'll learn about it all!
Aug 02 2018 (Aug 03 2018)
1. A Wonderland With Dogs as Far as the Eye Can See!
Dog cafes usually cater to people who already own dogs and are just taking them on a stroll. However, what about people who don't own dogs but want to play with them anyway? That's where this dog park comes in!
Encompassing a stunning 30,000 sq.m. of grassy land, this park is home to 38 different breeds of dogs that are all looking for a good belly rub. If you see a dog you like, you can even ask to take it out on a walk!
As if all the doggy cuteness wasn't enough, this park also has doggy pools, a puppy observation room, and a cafe menu full of safe and delicious treats for dogs and humans!
It only recently started gaining attention in Japan, so it still doesn't get many visitors. We recommend visiting before all the Japanese locals start swarming it!
2. Finally, Super Strong Chuhai!
If you're not familiar with Japanese alcohol, "chuhai" is a specific type of alcoholic drink (normally made with shochu) that normally contains 3 - 9% alcohol. Though it's a favorite among many for its cheap price and cocktail-like taste, others have been demanding for a stronger version for years. Finally, in July 31, 2018, their wishes came true with this version that contains 12% alcohol!
Like any other dream product, it's been getting a ton of attention from Japanese alcohol lovers! If you're a fan of chuhai or you're looking to try Japanese alcohol that actually packs a punch, give this a try and let us know how it tastes!
*Only available at Lawson, but not all Lawson stores stock this product, so please inquire with them.
*Please make sure to drink responsibly. The drinking age in Japan is currently set at 20 years old.
3. Cakes That Look Like Clouds?
Known as one of the best hotels in Japan, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is home to a cafe called "Gourmet Shop" that's well-known for its luxurious and delicious pastries. One particular dessert that's been gaining a ton of attention all across Japan is the cloud cake. As one might expect, it's a cake that looks like a cloud!
Crack open the hard shell to reveal delicious layers of cake! The flavor changes with the seasons, with August being mango month. Doesn't that sound refreshing?
Bonus: Escape From Prison in Shinjuku, Tokyo!
Real-life escape games have always been a thing overseas, but Japan has taken it to a new level! Instead of just being trapped in a room, now you can infiltrate an enemy base or scour the streets of Shinjuku in search for clues to find a magic cake! Read more about what the Tokyo Mystery Circus has to offer in the article below.
And that's that! The trends are always quickly changing, so there will always be something new from week to week. Check back in once a week and see if anything catches your eye!
Check out the weekly trends from the past 5 weeks!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.