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Rin, 30
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

For a first-timer, probably the typical popular tourist spots: Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Akihabara, Harajuku.

Do’s and don’ts in Tokyo: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

DO: Keep to the left while on the escalator, keep voices down while on public transport, board public buses from the back door and get off (and pay) from the front. DON'T: Tip as it is not necessary.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Many people have the impression that Tokyo is expensive, but a decent dinner for two in a restaurant can cost as little as $20-30 in total!

Which Tokyo shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

There are many small shops (many of them thrift stores) in Shimokitazawa, it's great to discover something unexpected!

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Lin Jun Jie! He is a very talented composer and singer, and I've been listening to him for more than 10 years now. He has improved even more in recent years and I definitely hope to attend his concert to hear him in person!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Perhaps cliche, but I think Tokyo Tower at night will definitely be on the list. There is just something classically romantic about that place.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Buy portable and disposable heat packs called kairo! They are available at convenience stores, drug stores and supermarkets. They come backed with adhesive (to stick on clothing) and without (great for keeping hands warm).

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

If our guest enjoys beef, Kisoji. The service, ambiance and food are all excellent.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Conbini (or convenience store)! When tight on time, I pick up an onigiri (rice ball) to eat on the go.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Tokyo. How do you spend it?

I would revisit places I've lived in to relive my memories there; I think it is a rather fitting way to end my stay in Tokyo as a resident.

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