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Check Out These 5 Cool and Unique Japanese LAWSON Products That You Should Try!

LAWSON is a famous retail chain company that first originated in the United States and later moved completely with its headquarters to Shinagawa, Japan. It is owned by Mitsubishi and it operates thousands of convenience stores all across Japan. LAWSON has become a well-known Japanese brand that competes with 7-Eleven and other convenience stores by…

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

15 Things to Do in the Beautiful Kobe for an Exciting and Fun-Filled Trip

Kobe, the sixth largest city in Japan, is a beautiful and popular spot within easy reaching distance of both Kyoto and Osaka, making it an ideal area to visit. It is well-known for its scenic mountains which frame the harbour and its marbled Kobe beef, as well as one of the oldest Shinto shrines in…

CULTURE

Do You Know These 5 Japanese Entertainers Who Showed Some Skin to Make It Big?

For geinin (芸人) or entertainers in Japan, fame is fleeting. You could be the most talked about person in Japan, but six months later, people talk about how nostalgic they feel after hearing your name or gag in conversation. In the past few years, the worst offenders of these popularity explosions are comedians who use…

What Are the Recommended Places and Groups for the LGBT Community in Tokyo?

When I first came to Japan, I looked at the LGBT section of my travel guide in the hope of finding some information about the LGBT community in Tokyo and recommended places to go out. To my own disappointment, my guide only had a few information and the limited section was describing a small and…

Japanese Manga ‘Marmalade Boy’ Will Be Turned into a Live-Action Movie in 2018

If you’re a fan of classic Japanese anime, then you must have already heard of Marmalade Boy. It is a 1990s romance anime which focuses on the ordinary life of Miki Koishikawa, a high school sophomore. Based on the shojo manga created by Wataru Yoshizumi, a Japanese manga artist hailing from Tokyo, this classic animation…

Meet Lulu, the World’s First Living Doll Fashion Model In Japan!

It’s not surprising that the world’s first living doll has come from Japan. Her name is “Lulu Hashimoto,” a body-doll suit made by Hitomi Komaki. Lulu is turning heads in the fashion industry with her airbrushed doll-like joints! She may look a bit creepy but for Hitomi, Lulu is simply a way for women to…

TOKYO

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

Join the Festivities and See Ten Thousand Lights at a Temple in Tokyo This October

They say that light shines brightest in the darkest of nights. If you want to witness a parade of thousands of lights in Tokyo, the Oeshiki Festival is perfect for you! Held annually in October, the Oeshiki commemorates the death anniversary of Nichiren Shonin. This Buddhist festival is celebrated all over Japan, but the Oeshiki…

KYOTO

Check Out This Unique Bathhouse In Kyoto Combining Relaxation and Live Music!

Have you ever thought of combining a sauna with live music? It may sound weird, but it is actually possible at “Sauna no Umeyu,” a well established public bathhouse located in Kyoto City. It’s definitely not your typical old-fashioned pubic bath as it allows people to enjoy live events in its traditional space. Most of…

Do Not Miss the Enchanting Street Illuminations of Arashiyama, Kyoto This December

Kyoto, being the old capital of Japan, is home to great temples, shrines, gardens, and geishas. This December 2017, Kyoto’s old streets will be adorned with lights and flowers as the Arashiyama Hanatouro is held. Here’s what you need to know about this much-awaited illumination event! Hanatouro “Hanatouro,” which literally translates to “flowers and lanterns,”…

Indulge in Chocolatey Goodness at This Charming Chocolate Shop in Kyoto!

There are so many chocolate shops in Kyoto, but few of them offer chocolates made of Kyoto sake! If you’re looking for one, then try heading to “Chocolat Bel Amer Kyoto Bettei.” The chocolates in this shop are displayed like jewelry. All of them have been passionately made with exact flavor, taste, and texture. The…

Find Out How to Reserve Your Visit to a Unique Temple and UNESCO Site in Kyoto!

Kyoto is famous for many things, especially its beautiful temples. One of them, the Saiho-ji Temple (also known as ‘Moss temple’ or ‘Koke-dera’) is exceptional because you won’t actually find this kind of Zen temple anywhere else. There is a marvelous garden inside Saiho-ji, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a site of heritage…

OSAKA

30 of the Best Hotels in Osaka for a Fun and Fabulous Stay in 2017

Osaka is famous for being the city from which many of Japan’s most well-loved comedians hail. It’s also the home of delicious street food dishes, Universal Studios Japan, and the famous Glico Running Man sign that is one of the most photographed spots in Osaka. This entertaining and friendly city is a hub of great…

Join These 2 Awesome Moon Viewing Events in Osaka this October 2017!

Moon viewing (Tsukimi) or Harvest moon festival is a Japanese festival to honor the autumn moon. This event was said to have started in Japan during the Heian era (794 to 1185) and is a custom which originated from Japanese aristocrats but later became popular and is now a celebration for everyone! This is a…

HOKKAIDO

Take a Look at These 30 Charming Hotels in Hokkaido for a Relaxing Trip in 2017!

Hokkaido is the most northern of Japan’s four main islands and is a stunning place boasting natural beauty. With excellent ski resorts, impressive mountains, and charming traditional towns, this area of Japan is very popular among both Japanese and international people. Visitors to this wonderful island can relax in one of its many hot springs…

Stay at One of These 30 Recommended Hotels In Sapporo For an Amazing Trip in 2017!

Sapporo is a city both stunning and serene. Being one of Japan’s newest cities, it has all the excitement and atmosphere of a modern metropolis. However, this mesmerizing place is also nestled in the middle of snow-covered mountains, ski resorts, and the unbeatable scenery of Hokkaido. Visitors to Japan are quickly beginning to choose Sapporo…

HOW TO

Hungry but in a Hurry? Try These 4 Easy Japanese Breakfasts!

With our busy lives, we tend to not care about having a filling breakfast anymore. There are people who skip breakfast and straight up go for brunch or lunch, especially since many restaurants do not open until before noon, thus putting their health at risk. If you grew up in an Asian household, you better…

Try These 4 Unique Japanese Cookery and Culture Courses in Osaka!

Do you want to learn and understand Japanese culture in a fun and delicious way? Sakura Cook is a Japanese cooking school in Osaka where you can learn the proper way to prepare and cook your favorite Japanese dishes, whilst at the same time learning about Japanese food, culture, and history. Because of the special…

NATIONWIDE

Check Out These 5 Cool and Unique Japanese LAWSON Products That You Should Try!

LAWSON is a famous retail chain company that first originated in the United States and later moved completely with its headquarters to Shinagawa, Japan. It is owned by Mitsubishi and it operates thousands of convenience stores all across Japan. LAWSON has become a well-known Japanese brand that competes with 7-Eleven and other convenience stores by…

Stay Cool This Summer With These 3 Popular Non-alcoholic Beers From Japan!

When it comes to staying healthy, drinking non-alcoholic beer is a good alternative to regular beer. Non-alcoholic beer can have a positive effect on people’s cardiovascular function, is a safe option for women who are pregnant, and is even believed to reduce feelings of anxiety. There are so many non-alcoholic beers in Japan that it…