Vivian Morelli

Vivian Morelli hails from Canada and is a journalist based in Tokyo, where she writes about culture, fashion, food and music. You can read her Japan musings at

  • Sendai – Ishinomaki
    April 10th, 2013By Category: Culture, Events, Travel
    The second day in Sendai was spent exploring the coast, and visiting the small city of Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture. Sadly, Ishinomaki is one of the cities that were most seriously hit by the tsunami on 3.11, and it was almost completely washed out with waves of 10 ... » Continue Reading
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    Winter Favourite: Kuzuyu
    February 12th, 2013By Category: Food & Dining, Play
    I recently was acquainted with a sweet (both literally and figuratively) Japanese beverage called kuzuyu. The first thing I exclaimed after a few sips was, "how did I not know about this for the whole time I've been in Japan?!" Guess I've been living under a rock, as ... » Continue Reading
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    Safety in Japan for Foreign Girls
    January 31st, 2013By Category: Culture
    Moving to Japan as a single foreign girl is quite safe, but there are some things you should be aware of if you're considering living here. Foreign girls attract a lot of attention in Japan, mostly because there aren't too many of us, and we stand out. We are extremely ... » Continue Reading
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    Shinjuku Golden Gai + Okonomiyaki
    December 20th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Food & Dining
    Golden Gai is an infamous network of intertwining narrow alleys, which host several hole-in-the-wall (literally!) bars and clubs. Most of those bars can probably only sit six people or so, and the alleys are wide enough for one person to squeeze through. The buildings a ... » Continue Reading
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    Preparing for Winter
    December 4th, 2012By Category: Culture
    I wrote two different guides about surviving winter in Japan in my blog, as in Part I and Part II. After three winters in Japan and preparing for a fourth one (am I becoming a lifer?!), I think I covered the basics and can give adequate advice- after all, I'm Can ... » Continue Reading
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    Shopping in Tokyo
    October 17th, 2012By Category: Culture, Shopping, Travel
    One of the things that make Tokyo so “cool” is the shopping. Whether you’re just visiting and looking to pick up some keepsakes for loved ones, or live in Tokyo and are refurbishing your apartment or wardrobe, you can find everything you’ve ever dreamed of in Tokyo. ... » Continue Reading
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    Running in Tokyo
    October 2nd, 2012By Category: Travel
    Jet-setting across Japan for insanely low airfares and soaking in the “cool” atmosphere of a bustling city like Tokyo is no excuse to give up on your fitness routine. When traveling or living in a fast-paced megapolis like Tokyo, it’s easy to forgo the treadmill for app ... » Continue Reading
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    Hidden Tokyo: Off the Beaten Path
    September 19th, 2012By Category: Travel
    What sights would you see with a ¥10,500 ANA ticket to dreamland destination Tokyo? The answer is easy, as Tokyo is filled to the brim with cool tourist spots (including one or two noteworthy towers) and infamous scramble crossings, with enough people and unique shops ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo’s Best Cafés
    September 7th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    A ¥10,500 airplane ticket with renowned ANA airlines to fly to any destination within Japan? With such an affordable ticket, save your change and get ready to explore the cool Tokyo.... because cool is what Tokyo is, first and foremost. In my experience, the bes ... » Continue Reading
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    Baking in Japan
    August 21st, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Aside from running, baking is one of my favourite activities (they go hand in hand: running allows more indulging, and my motivation for running stems from my love of cakes). I'm not quite sure why I'm writing about baking in the midst of the August heat, but I've b ... » Continue Reading