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Hatsuyume: Bring the New Year in with Sweet Dreams, it’s Good Luck!

Hatsuyume (初夢) means the first dream of the New Year. It is traditionally believed to foretell the kind of year and luck you will receive for the year ahead. As New Year’s Day (1st of January) is a quiet celebration and people start resuming their regular routines the following day, hatsuyume is the dream you…
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Christmas in Japan: 4 things to love if you`re celebrating it here!

If you are in Japan throughout November or December, it will become obvious to you that Christmas is definitely celebrated here. Department stores and shopping arcades are lined with decorations, parks are lit up with lights and Christmas carols seem to be playing everywhere. Christmas in Japan, however, is not quite the same as Christmas…
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Awesome Souvenir ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

In Japan, it is the general custom to pick up some “omiyage”, or “gifts” for your loved ones whenever you visit a different place. It is somewhat similar in other countries, where we encourage the idea that if you go somewhere, particularly a different country, you should buy some kind of gift for your friends…

Guide to Stay Safe in Tokyo’s Red Light District- Shinjuku Kabukicho

When someone mentions Japan, what do you initially think of? Think about what first comes to mind when you think about this country. Most people’s reactions seem to be divided into four categories when they hear this word. The first category is “interesting, rich culture”, where people think about things like samurai and ninja culture,…

10 Surprising Facts about Japanese Schools. Daily life as a student in Japan

Japan is the land of many surprises. A lot of people describe the country as “different to what they’re used to” and many unique cultures and customs make it a fascinating country to visit. With the third largest economy in the world and with one of the lowest crime rates, Japan is well known for…
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Masks Out: Winter has come so Beware of the Flu!

If you’re visiting Tokyo this winter you may be alarmed by how many people are wearing surgical masks like a scene from 28 Days Later. Don’t worry, the apocalypse isn’t coming. They either just have a cold or are protecting themselves from catching one. Why? jp.fotolia.com/ As the temperature in Tokyo starts to fall, the…

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card The eternal question many foreigners have to deal with: how can I get a credit card in Japan? In theory, this shouldn’t be a difficult task considering just how common credit cards are. In practice, however, getting a credit card in Japan can be bit more frustrating, particularly…
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Is it difficult for foreigner students to find employment in Japan?

In order to expand the acceptance of foreign workers, the Government of Japan aims to create a new status of residence (For details, please see the link below↓). Japan Info Website Visa Article On the other hand, the Japanese government also wants to promote the acceptance of foreigner nationals with high qualifications and advanced foreign…

JENESYS 2.0: How to be a Japanese Cultural Ambassador?

As a goodwill ambassador appointed for JENESYS 2.0 last September 2013, I was tasked to spread Japanese culture in my own country through my very own ways. As soon as I found out that the Japan embassy in the Philippines is looking for candidates for JENESYS 2.0, I immediately sent out my application. I presented…
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