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If you're a traveller, you'll know that feeling when you stumble onto something special – whether it's a cafe, shop, restaurant, tourist attraction or scenic spot, in Kumamoto is one such place. Set in a scenic backdrop of rolling hills, this tiny cafe and antiques store is a little...

Japan is famous (or rather infamous) for their insanely hot and humid summers. I thank God daily for the ubiquitous cold drink vending machines and the “combini” or convenience stores all over Japan. However, there is nothing like a cool dessert to satisfy not only your sweet tooth but...

Kairakuen in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture ranks as one of the top three gardens in Japan along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. Being the nearest to the Tokyo Metropolitan area as compared to its peers, Kairakuen is also the second largest city park in terms of...

Japan, as the third-largest economy in the world, is home to many of the huge metropolis people can live in. Aside from its rich heritage and vibrant culture, the country is also famed for having a legendary civic sense of duty. However, its urban population is continuously increasing along...

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Japan, as the third-largest economy in the world, is home to many of the huge metropolis people can live in. Aside from its rich heritage and vibrant culture, the country is also famed for having a legendary civic sense of duty. However, its urban population is continuously increasing along...

Japan is probably one of the countries that will first come to mind when we talk about crazy inventions. The creativity of the Japanese stretches forth to the unimaginable existence of various items just to provide for a specific need that not many would think of. hellawella.com/ Summer in Japan might...

After 8 years of not coming out with a full-length album, the news is that Utada Hikaru will be releasing her new album this September 2016! Utada Hikaru’s absence in the music industry definitely made her fans miss her, so the news of the upcoming album is music to...

If you’re familiar with “Nobuta wo Produce,” “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e” (“Hana Kimi”), and “Kurosagi,” then you must be also familiar with its main actress, Horikita Maki. Horikita Maki is a talented Japanese actress. She was born on the 6th of October in 1988 and she’s the eldest among...

TOKYO

Tempura has long been involved in food talks across Japan. Its popularity even led to the opening of several tempura shops within the country and abroad. It has been developed over many centuries that you can actually find them immediately among several types of restaurants. But of course, the...

Japan is famous (or rather infamous) for their insanely hot and humid summers. I thank God daily for the ubiquitous cold drink vending machines and the “combini” or convenience stores all over Japan. However, there is nothing like a cool dessert to satisfy not only your sweet tooth but...

For those lucky enough to live in Japan, one knows how amazing it is. For those luckier enough to actually travel within the regions, one definitely knows how each prefecture can seem like its own country with its own customs, seasons, and especially food. One only has to...

Pancakes are the perfect dessert/food to eat for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! I always enjoy making pancakes with my family on slow weekend mornings, but it's always nice to actually go to a cafe and try some pancakes made by professional pastry chefs. Here are 5 places in...

KYOTO

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...

The first-ever theater exclusively dedicated to Butoh just opened last July 7, 2016 in Kyoto! It is known as the Kyoto Butoh-kan which allows a unique form of Japanese dance theater to be gradually known around the world. It has been planned by Art Complex in order to give...

OSAKA

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...

If Japan is known for anything, it is known for electronics. When I first came to Japan, I was expecting everyone to have the best and newest electronics in the world, and all the kids to travel to school in their own Gundams or something. While I was rather...

HOKKAIDO

Have you heard of the Japanese watercolorist from Chiba Prefecture who became a popular artist? His name is Goto Sumio and he became renowned for his use of natural materials in making his brilliant masterpieces. He put up a museum under his name in order to house over 130...

For coffee lovers, nothing beats a cup of their favorite morning beverage enjoyed overlooking a natural, picturesque view that one doesn’t normally see in local city cafes. Caffeine serves as an instant jolt to sleepyheads and to some, just like me, a vital part of our regular diet. If...

HOWTO

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....

Starbucks might be the largest coffee shop chain in the world, and Japan is no exception. Starbucks is huge here. If you are in one of Japan's larger cities, you are probably just a stone's throw from one. And because most Starbucks have free Wi-Fi, it is a great...

NATIONWIDE

In the sweltering summer, it is inevitable that your appetite might be affected and that you will probably crave for something light and cooling. In that case, why not try some somen which can give you that much-needed energy boost and refreshing feeling during the summer season? Read on...

Japan is a very technologically advanced country, and as such there are many places you can use wifi for free. Osaka and some other bigs cities have free Wifi hotspots, but the connection is generally pretty weak and spotty in my experience, and they often only allow you to...

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