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Just about everyone has heard of "Where’s Wally?" (ウォーリーを探せ!), which is also known as "Where’s Waldo?" in North America. Interestingly enough, in October 2016, there will be a Where’s Wally? Wally Run (ウォーリーラン) in Japan where you can gather with thousands of people clad in the similar outfit! japantrends.com/ About Where's...

Starbucks (スターバックス) is unquestionably one of the most common brand names on the planet. There has not been a country I have visited that does not have one; some even have two stores in one block alone! For those who love collecting things on their travels – magnets, shot...

It is quite common for Japanese people nowadays to move in even before committing marital vows. This is how conventional thinking goes on in the country. But the question is, who is more willing to move in? Is it the male or the female? A recent survey revealed that...

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called "Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)". This blacklisted...

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In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called "Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)". This blacklisted...

It is quite common for Japanese people nowadays to move in even before committing marital vows. This is how conventional thinking goes on in the country. But the question is, who is more willing to move in? Is it the male or the female? A recent survey revealed that...

The Yo-kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ) series has often been compared to Pokémon (ポケモン) and Digimon (デジモン) due to the similar premise of having a world filled with cute monsters. But the upcoming third installment of Yo-kai Watch will be done differently as it will be a mashup of anime and...

Japanese all-girl band LAGOON has just announced their disbandment! The group only made their debut in 2014, so it has not been long since the formation of the band. What happened? The Members tokyogirlsupdate.com/ LAGOON is an all-girl pop-rock band made up of 5 girls that was formed in 2014. The band...

TOKYO

Autumn season in Japan is here! Are you already excited to catch the changing colors of the leaves? There are so many places to do this activity and so many restaurants providing autumn-themed menus. One of these places is the ever-popular Grand Hyatt Tokyo which is a luxury hotel...

Have you ever heard of the Japanese magical girl anime metaseries (a series with several subseries) called "Pretty Cure?" It is an exciting animation which started in February 2004 and has been really popular among elementary school-age girls in the country. Because the series consists of all-female characters, it...

Moving to Japan or even just visiting Japan for a few days can be a mindblowing experience. With all the myriad of sights, sounds, and tastes to explore, not to mention all the different places and activities to do, one can so easily get overwhelmed. But fear not! The...

Many fans of Japan and the Japanese culture, be it new or old, are familiar with the '90s game of Pokémon (ポケモン) – traveling around a 2D world collecting Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター). Even though we may have grown up, as we have seen from the recent release of Pokémon...

KYOTO

Besides for being dubbed as the best city in the world, Kyoto (京都) remains awash with remnants of its past glory. It is a place stunningly rich in heritage sites, exquisite cuisines, and a little sprinkling of modernity. As a place often visited by people, it is also boasting...

Having a samurai experience is one of the most unforgettable memories you can have in Japan. As a military person, it is quite indispensable for a samurai to master the art of martial arts and military tactics. In order for you to have a full-scale samurai experience with lesson...

Imagine watching a show that does not involve the use of words. Would you be able to understand or enjoy it? As it is very likely when you are in Japan most performances that involve language would be (too) difficult to follow, this might be a great alternative. GEAR's...

If you so happen to be staying at the Palace Side Hotel during your stay in Kyoto (which I totally recommend), then this park will be the view from your bedroom window and a fun attraction just one minute away. Even if you choose to stay elsewhere, this is...

OSAKA

Vegetarian restaurants are on the rise in Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in the country. People are becoming more conscious of food diet that many are actually seeking for real vegetarian meals. Oftentimes, it is difficult to find a restaurant selling such food. To help you fill your...

If you've spent most of your time traveling around the beautiful city of Osaka but forgot to buy souvenirs before you go on your way home, then this article might help you. Unique souvenirs can be found around the large station complex that comprises Osaka and Umeda Stations. It...

HOKKAIDO

Hokkaido (北海道) is beautifully surrounded by nature in the country's northern extremity. It is abundant in natural beauty and is home to some of the world's fascinating blue lakes. Many of these have ethereal and enchanting appearances which make them very attractive destinations for tourists. Here are 3 of...

The island of Rishiri (利尻島) is present just 20 km off the coast of Hokkaido (北海道). It has one of the most preserved wetlands and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The people of Rishiri make a living from tourism and fishing while the island is...

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Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland – we all grew up fantasizing about turning into one of those mesmerizing characters. But have you ever imagined how it would be like if Disney's classics were reborn in the motherland of anime and cosplay, Japan? tokyodisneyresort.jp/ History and Awards Located in Chiba,...

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable....

NATIONWIDE

Nothing can prepare you for the crazy heat and the even more insane humidity that Japanese summers have to offer. Cooling down in the air-conditioned local malls and shops is a great way to escape the heat. It was during one of those times that I discovered one of...

In Japan, the month of September used to be known by the name Nagatsuki (長月) in the kyuureki (旧暦) or the old lunar calendar. Subsequently, with the adoption of the Western calendar, the same name was thus used for the 9th month in the new calendar system. There are...

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