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The Internet certainly has its own lingo. Even among the English online users, there is Internet slang that has been created that is unfamiliar to those who do not use the Internet often. The same goes for the Japanese users who have also created some slang on the web....

May can be said to be an eventful month with various festivals and activities going on in Japan. The month kicks off with the Golden Week holiday which includes the Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpou Kinenbi) on 3 May, Greenery Day (Midori no Hi) on 4 May to encourage interaction...

When I first came to Japan in the mid-2000's, there was one thing that shocked me more than anything else: dating sims (in Japanese these are referred to as 'ren'ai' simulations). Now, today because of YouTube and the Internet we all know about dating sims, but back then I...

If you consider yourself an adventurous foodie, then this article is for you! "Les Créations de Narisawa" will give you a stunningly unique experience and is based around innovative French cuisine lead by Japanese chef and owner, Narisawa Yoshihiro. star2.com/ Chef Narisawa started his journey when he traveled to France, Switzerland,...

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Japan is known for its many unique inventions. From the high-tech robots we see on the news to the simple, yet bizarre inventions like lap pillows for the lonely, we feel like we've seen it all. But there are also some interesting things you might never have imagined exist...

Japanese marriages and funerals are considered to be some of the most expensive in the world. This has been a traditional practice for all people of different backgrounds. In recent studies, though, many of the younger generations are becoming more skeptical about these traditions. Concern about monetary issues remained...

Are you a male who likes yaoi? Good news, as there is an anime you can relate to! Yaoi, or Boys Love, is basically fiction about romantic or sexual relationships between men. Male fans of yaoi are known as "fudanshi" which literally means “rotten boy”. There is a new...

Death Note fans, great news! There will be a new Death Note live action movie to be released this year, entitled 'Death Note Light up the NEW World'. Its release comes 10 years after the first 2 Death Note films, 'Death Note: The Last Name' and 'Death Note: The...

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If you consider yourself an adventurous foodie, then this article is for you! "Les Créations de Narisawa" will give you a stunningly unique experience and is based around innovative French cuisine lead by Japanese chef and owner, Narisawa Yoshihiro. star2.com/ Chef Narisawa started his journey when he traveled to France, Switzerland,...

Rice is a staple food in Japan. But do you know that Japanese people love bread too? In fact, you can see several shops selling sandwiches and various types of sweet and savory bread. If you're after fluffy bread with sweet filling, here are three of the must-eats in...

Ever wondered what Spanish grilled meat tastes like in Japan? Head now to Asador El Cielo, a Spanish-inspired restaurant in Roppongi which serves Spanish cuisine as well as steak and seafood, where you can indulge in the thrill of Spanish grill! It is mainly popular for its grilled foods...

Japan is one of the countries in the world that is known to compliment many dishes with tea. There are a wide range of teas here from ryokucha, mugicha, hojicha, matcha and many more. But of course, the use of tea here is not only limited to beverages. Tea...

KYOTO

Funatsuru's history stretches back into the 1800's where its journey of specializing in fresh seafood all began. The name originates from 'funa' (a type of freshwater fish) and part of the founder's name, Tsuruzaburo Tanaka. Funatsuru then expanded into a large Japanese inn and restaurant in 1922 which greatly...

Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, is known for its rustic and traditional charm. As extensive as the train network is, some of the temples and attractions are more accessible by bus. Bicycles are also available for rent and are usually priced around 1000 yen a day which gives...

There are innumerable tourist destinations to visit in Kyoto – if you're only there for a few days it's almost impossible to whittle the list down to an achievable total. However, one thing that should be included on everybody's list is Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. This beautiful structure is...

Denjiro Okochi (1898–1962) was a Japanese period film actor famous for his samurai movies and his war movies that were released during World War Two. On IMDb, he has 131 credits listed and was one of the most famous actors of the era. In Arashiyama (Storm Mountain, Kyoto) you...

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Popular Sanrio characters are always one to have their own themed cafes. Especially in the country's capital Tokyo, you'll see one character after the other popping out in limited-time cafe collaborations. The love for good food and drinks, a cute and relaxing atmosphere, and of course the characters are...

The Kansai region is considered to be the historical heart of Japan. It is popularly known all over the world for its delicious cuisine which is the reason why many tourists are attracted to the area. If you're traveling via Shin-Osaka Station, don't forget to grab a bite even...

HOKKAIDO

Kushiro is a town located in the southeast of Hokkaido. This port town is also known as "the town of mist" as it has many foggy days. Even in the summer, the weather will not be so hot and does not usually exceed 20 degrees. In this town lies...

Planning on having your summer holidays in Hokkaido? Then don't miss out on the opportunity to have a refreshing stay at one of the best hot spring hotels in the area. Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei is located in the Hakodate region of Hokkaido. It doesn't only have a...

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In many parts of the world, the symbols used when marking test or exam papers is simply a 'tick' for correct or 'X' for incorrect. However, generally, this is not applied in Japan. The Japanese use different symbols, which can may it confusing for any current or future international...

Booking accommodation in Japan can be difficult for a number of reasons, such as international accommodation sites not always having adequate information around the different kinds of accommodation available in Japan, or some sites only providing information in Japanese which can make it difficult for non-Japanese speaking travelers. Let's...

NATIONWIDE

May can be said to be an eventful month with various festivals and activities going on in Japan. The month kicks off with the Golden Week holiday which includes the Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpou Kinenbi) on 3 May, Greenery Day (Midori no Hi) on 4 May to encourage interaction...

With every changing season, many establishments in Japan are introducing their own fair share of items to attract consumers by mixing in a seasonal theme. And with summer coming in just a weeks, you might have spotted some shops that are preparing for the hot season. ama-dan.com/ One popular donut...

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