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“Yuna-Chan”: The New Project Helping Revive Fukushima Prefecture

It has been six years since the devastating tsunami hit the seacoast of Fukushima Prefecture. These past years, more and more towns in the coastal area of Fukushima are getting back on their feet and starting to rebuild their lives again. One of these areas is Minamisoma City, a town located in the northern part…

Will These New Self-Driving Shuttle Buses Help the Elderly in Japan’s Rural Areas?

The population in Japan is, no doubt, continuously shrinking. This is especially true in rural communities, where most young people are leaving in search for jobs in the bigger cities. The population decline in these places has also led to the decline of public transportation. Therefore, it is becoming more difficult for the elderly to…

Find Out About Dean Fujioka, the Japanese Artist Known All Over the World!

Those who are familiar with the popular anime Yuri!!! On Ice would have definitely heard of their opening theme song “History Maker” by Dean Fujioka. This song has been a hit since the anime’s debut on October 5th, 2016, and the name Dean Fujioka has been linked to the anime ever since. However, did you…

6 Tips on How to Shop Wiser and Save Money in Japan

With Japan being a fun country full of unique cultures and work ethics, buying anything in Japan can be an entirely new experience. In order for you to save money while buying things and understand more about Japanese shopping culture, here are some tips that I would like to share with you. 1. Avoid Plastic…

CULTURE

3 Contemporary Artists From Japan That You Should Know About!

Contemporary art is everywhere and comes in many forms. Some people appreciate it, while others prefer more traditional work. Japanese contemporary art has been influenced by several underlying factors. Some of these have come about through traditions and historical events. The country is known for being home to many pioneering artists who have transformed and…

Will These New Self-Driving Shuttle Buses Help the Elderly in Japan’s Rural Areas?

The population in Japan is, no doubt, continuously shrinking. This is especially true in rural communities, where most young people are leaving in search for jobs in the bigger cities. The population decline in these places has also led to the decline of public transportation. Therefore, it is becoming more difficult for the elderly to…

“Yuna-Chan”: The New Project Helping Revive Fukushima Prefecture

It has been six years since the devastating tsunami hit the seacoast of Fukushima Prefecture. These past years, more and more towns in the coastal area of Fukushima are getting back on their feet and starting to rebuild their lives again. One of these areas is Minamisoma City, a town located in the northern part…

TOKYO

Top 5 Places to Visit During Your Layover Period at Narita Airport

Travelers landing at Narita Airport often skip over Narita city and plan to travel to other famous regions like Tokyo. Those just stopping off in Narita Airport might want to explore the city while they wait for their connecting flight. However, with a time constraint during a layover period, this can be tricky. Narita city,…

Visit This Great Cafe in Tokyo For Good Food and A Relaxing Atmosphere!

There are so many cafes to choose from in Tokyo, and the preference for relaxing places in which to do some work, catch up with friends, or just relax by yourself, has really increased over the last few years. Sign Allday is a fabulous chic cafe, located in Daikanyama-Cho, Shibuya, Tokyo. The cafe is located…

Enjoy Fine Food and Complimentary Drinks at These 2 Great Restaurants in Tokyo!

Japan is famous for its cuisine. It is thought to have the most Michelin Starred restaurants of any country in the world, and takes food very seriously! There are numerous dining options to choose from if you are in staying in Japan. With the growing competitive food market in the country, it can be tough…

KYOTO

Taste Japan’s Best Omelette Rice at This Famous Restaurant in Kyoto!

An online video showing the process of how Chef Yukimura Motokichi makes his omelette rice brought his restaurant to popularity. “Sexy” is the best word to describe his creation, and the video made me want to visit Kyoto where this restaurant is located. Let’s find out more about it! Omurice Omelette rice, or omurice, is…

7 Otaku Shops Near Nishiki Market in Kyoto That Are Worth Visiting

When talking about shopping for anime, manga, cosplay, and game-related stuff, Akihabara in Tokyo is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Many people think that they have to visit Tokyo for anime-related goods. However, there are many other places in Japan that offer plenty of anime-related merchandise. Here are a few of them…

Get Discounts and Freebies for 11 Attractions in Kansai with This Special Pass!

Each year, train and bus companies in Japan offer various types of special sightseeing passes with discounts and benefits, with many of them catering for overseas tourists. One of the most rewarding passes has to be the Special Sightseeing Pass offered by the Keihan Railway, which can be used on their train lines and buses.…

10 Great Spots You Should Visit in Uji, the ’Town of Matcha’ in Kyoto!

Matcha is a popular and well-loved green tea powder, which can be found everywhere in Japan. It is widely praised for its warming taste, health benefits, and glorious color. Matcha has now become popular in western countries, and you will likely find it in many coffee shops and cafes if you look for it! Uji…

OSAKA

Get Discounts and Freebies for 11 Attractions in Kansai with This Special Pass!

Each year, train and bus companies in Japan offer various types of special sightseeing passes with discounts and benefits, with many of them catering for overseas tourists. One of the most rewarding passes has to be the Special Sightseeing Pass offered by the Keihan Railway, which can be used on their train lines and buses.…

Enjoy Drinks, Snacks, and Awesome Views on Japan’s Tallest Ferris Wheel in Osaka!

Do you know that the tallest Ferris wheel in Japan has been operating since July 2016? This popular and entertaining ride was established in Lalaport EXPOCITY, an entertainment complex in Osaka City consisting of many shops and restaurants. The ride, called Redhorse Osaka Wheel, has transparent gondolas which take you up to a 123-meter height!…

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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 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…

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, Japan’s northernmost main island. Visitors to Japan are quickly…

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5 Things You Should Know Before You Enter a Restaurant in Japan!

‘Irasshaimase’ is a very common Japanese phrase which means ‘welcome’ or ‘please come in’, and it can often be heard when you step into a restaurant in Japan. Imagine the scenario of the staff greeting you, then leading you to your assigned table. Now, if you are new to Japan, you may ask yourself the…

How to Take Your Bicycle on Trains, Buses, and More in Japan

Japan is seeing a huge rise in the number of bicycles as many areas and streets have been redesigned with bikeways for cyclists. There are also some exclusive long-distance bike trails for serious bicyclists out there. If you visit smaller islands in Japan where public transport is limited, cycling is one of the few ways…

NATIONWIDE

10 Delicious CALPIS-Flavored Products That You Should Try in Japan

CALPIS, a 98-year-old Japanese cultured drink, has been quite a name over the years. This refreshing white-colored drink with a sweet and tangy flavor quickly became popular among all ages when it first hit the shelves. A post shared by カルピス水玉通信 (@calpis_mizutama) on Sep 19, 2015 at 6:59am PDT Also marketed as “CALPICO” in some…

6 Tips on How to Shop Wiser and Save Money in Japan

With Japan being a fun country full of unique cultures and work ethics, buying anything in Japan can be an entirely new experience. In order for you to save money while buying things and understand more about Japanese shopping culture, here are some tips that I would like to share with you. 1. Avoid Plastic…