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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears…

Looking for Cute Cupcakes? Check Out These 2 Amazing Cupcake Shops in Tokyo

Japan is a dessert dreamland. Anywhere you go, you’ll be able to find something sweet to eat – one of which is cupcakes. Cupcakes are the smaller and cuter versions of the well-loved cake. It is also considered the perfect dessert for any occasion, from a casual hang-out with friends to wedding parties. If you’re…

Did You Know That the World’s Longest-Running Animated Series Is From Japan?

What’s great about most Japanese animations is that they are committed to the concept of heartwarming tales about typical middle-class families. This is especially true with the world’s longest-running animated series, Sazae-san. From its first broadcast up to this day, it continues to entertain with its stories on how small things can bring happiness to…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears…

Did You Know That the World’s Longest-Running Animated Series Is From Japan?

What’s great about most Japanese animations is that they are committed to the concept of heartwarming tales about typical middle-class families. This is especially true with the world’s longest-running animated series, Sazae-san. From its first broadcast up to this day, it continues to entertain with its stories on how small things can bring happiness to…

Should Japan’s Water-Saving Toilet-Sink Combo Be Adopted by Other Countries?

Topics that deal with environmental issues have been rampant these past few years as people become more aware of their surroundings. Global warming, in particular, is a concern that is shared all over the world. As environmental awareness heightens, people are more conscious of conserving our resources such as water. As expected, Japan is at…

Udon Electricity: Could Japanese Noodles Become the World’s Future Energy Source?

From the time that civilizations have discovered the use of electricity, the energy consumption level all over the world has constantly increased. With the way we are currently using our energy sources, it is only a matter of time before they run out. Because of this concern, countries are trying to come up with alternative…

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Looking for Cute Cupcakes? Check Out These 2 Amazing Cupcake Shops in Tokyo

Japan is a dessert dreamland. Anywhere you go, you’ll be able to find something sweet to eat – one of which is cupcakes. Cupcakes are the smaller and cuter versions of the well-loved cake. It is also considered the perfect dessert for any occasion, from a casual hang-out with friends to wedding parties. If you’re…

Satisfy Your Taste Buds at These 5 Unique Gyoza Restaurants in Tokyo

Gyoza is a staple comfort food in Japan. While making homemade gyoza and eating it at home is enjoyable, there are people prefer to actually go out and find a gyoza specialty restaurant. However, some feel hesitant to do so as old-fashioned gyoza restaurants are notorious for being rowdy and filled with businessmen trying to…

In Need of Date Ideas? Here Are 5 Romantic Date Spots in Tokyo

It is easy to fall in love when you are in Tokyo. Most people fall for the beautiful city, while others find a special someone to fall in love with. Interestingly, many couples from all over Japan and the world visit this lovely city throughout the year, so here are five romantic spots in Tokyo…

Visit This Traditional Boutique in Tokyo Selling Unique Japanese Toothpicks

You may have seen unique boutiques in Japan that sell expensive fruits, lacquerware, traditional dresses, and more. Even though Japan has become a beacon of modernization in this new age, there are still a lot of traditional things that the country holds onto with utmost value. In Tokyo, there is a store that can take…

KYOTO

This Teahouse in Kyoto Serves Hello Kitty-Themed Japanese Food and Tea!

If you’re a huge fan of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty and Japanese tea, you’ll be glad to know that you can now enjoy both of them together at a special teahouse in Kyoto. Japanese Tea House Hello Kitty Saryo allows customers to enjoy Hello Kitty-themed food and tea in one place. They have an incredible food…

3 Beautiful Spots to Experience the Best of Autumn in Kyoto

Once in a while, we travel to put our minds at ease and to take a break from our busy lives. One of the factors to consider when planning a trip is the season or weather condition in your destination. There are already many articles about why Japan is one of the best places to…

Looking for Bouldering Gyms in Japan? Here Are 2 of the Best in Kyoto

Are you an active person who likes rock climbing? If you have good stamina and finger strength, you might want to consider bouldering in Kyoto. Since Kyoto is a busy city, bouldering gyms serve as substitutes for rocky mountains in countrysides. This form of rock climbing’s growing popularity is evident in the number of bouldering…

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6 Must-Try Dishes and Restaurants in Dotonbori, Osaka’s Food Heaven

Dotonbori is a popular tourist destination in Osaka, Japan. The district is famously known as a heaven for food enthusiasts because wherever you look, you can see countless food establishments. Here are six famous places in Dotonbori where you can get some of the best Japanese dishes! 1. Otako A post shared by JUNKORO (@boochawan)…

Don’t Miss This Cafe That Serves Amazing Coffee, Sandwiches, and Beer in Osaka

For a nice time with some coffee, sandwiches, and craft beer in Osaka, head to LiNGUA WORLD CAFE. The name of the cafe comes from the Latin word “lingua,” which means “tongue” or “language.” This is greatly connected to the cafe’s concept of bringing people closer together through communication and good food. Take a look…

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Get Cozy and Enjoy Quality Hand Drip Coffee at This Secluded Cafe in Sapporo

When in the colder parts of Japan such as Hokkaido, wouldn’t you want a nice, hot cup of delicious coffee? If so, you’ll surely enjoy your coffee experience at Cafe MORIHIKO, a rustic cafe located in Sapporo. Check it out! What makes Cafe MORIHIKO Unique? In Hokkaido Prefecture’s Sapporo City lies Cafe MORIHIKO, a tiny…

Take a Look at These 30 Charming Hotels in Hokkaido for a Relaxing Trip in 2018!

Hokkaido is the most northern of Japan’s four main islands and is a stunning place boasting natural beauty and unique experiences. With excellent ski and snowboard resorts such as in Niseko, Rusutsu, and Asahidake, impressive mountainous areas all over the island, and charming traditional towns such as Biei and Tsurui, this area of Japan is…

HOW TO

3 Great Ideas on How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Japan

Another year is almost over, and no doubt you’re thinking about how to spend the New Year’s celebration while you are in Japan. Christmas in Japan is very different to how it is in most Western countries; people often eat chicken and see illuminations with their partner rather than eat homemade food with their families.…

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

NATIONWIDE

Have You Tried Delicious Baked Goods From This Bakery Found All Over Japan?

Thanks to the importing of Western culture and cuisine, bakeries selling sweets, bread, cookies, and other baked goods are abundant and popular all over Japan. It isn’t unusual to find at least one small bakery, whether chain or local, whenever you arrive at a new town or city. You’ll often find bakeries in hotels, as…

7 Reasons That Will Make You Buy Meiji’s Latest Chocolate Bar in Japan

Meiji is the pride of Japan as it produces some of the country’s best dairy and confectionery products. They recently introduced an all-new range of chocolate bars called “meiji THE Chocolate” under the category of “bean to bar.” The range has exciting new flavors and visually attractive packaging for each chocolate bar. Here are seven…