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Winter is already here and the best way to celebrate it is, of course, to decorate all the city streets with colorful bright lights to express the joy of the season. While all countries do their best to impress their citizens with the blindingly bright decorations, there is something...

KAT-TUN celebrated their 10th year debut anniversary last March 22, 2016. In spite of losing three members, the remaining members celebrated their anniversary by having a live concert called “KAT-TUN 10th Anniversary Live Tour '10Ks!'” The word “10Ks” is a short term for “thanks.” KAT-TUN wanted to convey their...

The film Koizora or Sky of Love seems to be also popular overseas other than in Japan. But did you know that the film was loosely based on a cell phone novel series penned by the main character herself? Sky of Love was originally published on a mobile website...

In this digital age where we depend a lot on our electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, have you ever wondered what would happen to the information and data stored within them in the event of your death? Although death is something that will come to all...

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The film Koizora or Sky of Love seems to be also popular overseas other than in Japan. But did you know that the film was loosely based on a cell phone novel series penned by the main character herself? Sky of Love was originally published on a mobile website...

One of the well-known Japanese directors who continued to move forward in the third decade of his career is director Shunji Iwai (岩井俊二). He is a rare director who showcases fablelike tales with his distinctive visual style. His masterpiece, Love Letter, became a box office hit and still continues...

In this digital age where we depend a lot on our electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, have you ever wondered what would happen to the information and data stored within them in the event of your death? Although death is something that will come to all...

Over the years, we have seen otakus all over the world express their love for their hobbies. Otakus have always been creative in thinking of ways to showcase their devotion to their favorite character/s or series. From "itasha," "ita-nails," and "itabeya" – name it, they have done it. Recently,...

TOKYO

There are a lot of activities usually done by tourists during their visit to foreign cities such as sightseeing, shopping, and most importantly, eating. Yes, eating. Tasting the food when you are visiting foreign cities is a must thing to do and Tokyo (東京) is not an exception. Various...

Last October 2016, the iconic MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR collaborated with Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi in providing limited edition cocktails served in exquisite Carlo Moretti glasses. Everything that was served was inspired by the vibrant and playful flavors of Italy mixed with a Japanese twist. It was...

If you're looking for the best shopping and entertainment district in Japan, Ginza (銀座) is definitely the place to be. Besides featuring the latest brands in fashion, it is also boasting of stylish boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. fashionsnap.com/ And this time, it has recently introduced a new kid...

Fukagawa (深川), an area on the east side of the Sumida River (隅田川) in Tokyo (東京) was home to merchants and the working class during the Edo period. Geographically located on low ground level (reclaimed marshland) and populated by the lower class, it was aptly known as "Low...

KYOTO

Kyoto (京都) is the perfect destination to experience different festivals during varying seasons in Japan. It is also one of the places each tourist should visit when visiting the country. It is quieter and quainter than other cities in the country and is surrounded by very rich culture and...

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...

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

Winter is approaching, and if you are looking to explore the snowy northern areas of Japan, you are at the right place. Okhotsk Sea lies to the north of Hokkaido encircled by Russian territory in the Pacific Ocean. It is considered as the coldest sea in East Asia. In...

While most of Japan is just entering or in the midst of autumn, northern Hokkaido is already making preparations to welcome the onset of its famous freezing winter. Usually, the date of the first snowfall for the winter is seen as an indicator of the season's arrival. This year,...

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While the popular cat cafes are usually associated with Japan, you may be interested to know that the first ever cat cafe was actually opened in Taipei (in 1998). However, Japan is where the trend has really taken off and there are dozens of cat cafes across the country,...

Today, I am going to introduce you to 11 useful things that you should know when it comes to having a meal in Japan or having a meal with your Japanese friends. From the moment you set foot in a restaurant until you leave, this article has got you...

NATIONWIDE

In Japan, it is a traditional practice to use "han," "hanko," or "inkan" instead of using personal signatures when signing, accepting, and acknowledging documents. Almost every individual in the country has one. These are stamps which are used for different situations such as serious contractual matters. The usual stamps...

As Japan is an island country, it is blessed with a wide variety of seafood which can be harvested from the seas surrounding the country or obtained at rearing farms. However, do you find yourself at a loss when faced with a mind-boggling range of shellfish? As most of...

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