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How to Eat Vegetarian in Japan: Tips and Tasty Options

Japanese people tend to love eating meat. Their main dishes are usually made of fish or meat. Typically, restaurants in Japan serve meals mostly based on meat: pork, chicken, fish and beef. Even if the main dish is not meat, there tends to be a sauce or other ingredient made from fish or pork. The…

How to Donate Blood in Japan: What to Know and What to Do

According to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC), the decreasing birthrate and aging population are causing a drain on blood supplies in Japan. Ensuring a stable supply of blood donors is, therefore, a need that must be quickly addressed. However, there are still a lot of confusion over who is allowed and who is not…

How to Get Your Glasses Cleaned the Free and Easy Japanese Way

When you are strolling around Tokyo, you may find many well-known glasses chain stores, and “Megane Drug” (メガネドラッグ) is one of them. japaneseclass.jp/ They can be easily recognized by their cute bob-haired-girl-with-glasses mascot and their bright yellow banner. Also, they always provide an ultrasonic glasses cleaner in front of their store, and the best thing…

Tight Budget? Keep an Eye Out for Wake-ari Products!

In Japan, a lot of emphasis is placed on the quality and appearance of products especially when it comes to foodstuff. This is also one of the key reasons why there is usually a premium attached to made-in-Japan products, be it electrical appliances to prepacked items such as confectionery and snacks or fresh food such…

3 Best Ways to Get to Kyoto from Tokyo

Want to go to Kyoto from Tokyo but unsure of the best way to get there? Getting to Kyoto may seem a daunting task (especially as a foreigner) since the most popular option, Shinkansen, may be a bit out of tourists’ price ranges. But fear not! There are other ways to get to the old…

The Common Manners To Know Before Using a Public Toilet in Japan

Japan is well-known for having the tidiest public toilets in the world. Somebody might even consider Japanese toilets the best of those they got to use. It is because the manner of keeping the public toilets clean is in Japanese mentality, and this results in the clean toilets available to everyone. Moreover, public toilets in…

How To Write Your Resume in Japan?

If you are a foreigner in Japan looking for a part-time job, you probably already know that Japanese resume writing is almost a job in itself. Here I would like to tell you about ‘rirekisho’ (resume) writing strategies that will help you land the ‘arubaito’ (Japanese for part-time job) that will pay for the good…

The Art of Entering a Traditional Tatami Room: 4 Things You Should Know

Tatami is a type of mat flooring used in traditional Japanese houses. There are some basic manners which you must be aware of when entering a Traditional Japanese Tatami room. Here are 4 of the most important things to remember. 1. Do not step on the doorsill jp.fotolia.com/ Stepping on the doorsill is seen as…

Feeling Queasy? Try This Instant Japanese Herbal Reliever!

Almost everyone has suffered from indigestion issues at least once in their lives. If you experience indigestion or other stomach issues quite often, you may want to try this popular antacid herbal product from Japan called “Ohta’s Isan Antacid Powder”. It is said that this product is also a very popular purchase among tourists from…

5 Travel Passes to Help You Get Around Kyoto on the Cheap

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, in all four seasons, Kyoto is always a beautiful sightseeing place for tourists to visit. For anybody wanting to go to Kyoto for a 1-day or 2-day visit and hasn’t planned how to visit each tourist attraction in Kyoto, here are the recommended cost-efficient ways of transportation passes that might suit…
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