Jessica Kozuka

Jessica Kozuka is a freelance writer and editor living in the exciting, interesting and sometimes perplexing city of Tokyo. Her work has appeared in Wine Spectator, CNN Travel, and The Japan Times, as well as numerous other print and online media outlets. She writes a column on NPO/NGOs and volunteer work for Metropolis, the largest English-language magazine in Japan, and specializes in EFL educational materials and travel writing. Kozuka is rarely to be found without a book or two within arm’s reach, though there's no telling if they will be serious literature or frivolous guilty pleasures, and she runs a monthly book club for other bibliophiles in the Tokyo area. She's also an enthusiastic if mediocre cook and daily laments the smallness of Japanese kitchens.

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Tokyo Metro puzzle game is back for 2017

Can you solve the mystery lurking in the tunnels under Tokyo?

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Tourists can (finally) make shinkansen reservations from overseas with new app

Planning your dream trip just got a little easier.

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Goodnight, Kitty: We stay in a hotel room dedicated to the queen of kawaii【Photos】

Hello, Kitty. And hello, crossover branding!

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Did the world’s happiest country also create the world’s spiciest food? We find out in Tokyo

We try Bhutan’s fiery national dish at an off-the-beaten-track restaurant in Tokyo.

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Travel without a suitcase with 13 packing tips from a Japanese pro

Just breeze past that luggage carousel and go right into your vacation!

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Funny ad slings sushi with explosions, cowboys and boobs

And questionable science!

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Asian muscle men featured in steamy photos with cultural flavor

These guys must be from Southeast Asia because they are hot and steamy!

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Cup Noodle gets fancy with rich abalone and oyster stew flavor

Oh you fancy, huh?

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GINZA SIX, Tokyo’s newest tourist destination, set to open April 20

From modern art to classic Noh, with world-class shopping and dining to boot. Let’s take a look!

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Mouth-watering customized Japanese cooking sauces offered by mail-order company

Because Sriracha was so last year.

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Learn kanji with the magical power of poop!

These new textbooks are the shit, you guys.

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New restaurant sightseeing bus offers gourmet meals on wheels

The party bus gets a little more grown up.

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Travelers choose Japan’s top 10 historic hotels and ryokan inns

It’s almost like sightseeing while you sleep!

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Gorgeous colorized photos show daily life in Meiji Era Japan

And you can download them for free!

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Enjoy sake with ikebana with this English-friendly event series

It’s not getting drunk, it’s getting cultured! And drunk.

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Photos showing evidence of the coming violent kitty revolution surface on Japanese Twitter

Is the purr-letariat getting ready to rise?

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Try curling in the heart of Tokyo at this unusual rooftop hideaway bar

Plus they’ve got waffles!

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Miss Manners: A pro gives us pointers on Japanese dining decorum

Uh oh, have you been behaving like an oafish gaijin?

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Shop cats of Tokyo: Snoozy Jirocho and feisty Ishimatsu rule the roost at Cafe Arles

Meet an odd couple of hard-working felines in Tokyo.

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We try making demi-glace sauce with catsup and chocolate【RocketKitchen】

Cooking a special dinner? Try this crazy kitchen hack!

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