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Poppin’ Cooking: DIY Sushi–Shaped Sweets Kit!

Japanese sweets have been popular for a long time – very tasty, and often very cute! But, have you ever tried any of the Poppin’ Cooking series of sweets? Well, you’re missing out! What are you talking about? bidorbuy.co.za/ Poppin’ Cooking is an extremely popular, and rather different brand of sweets here in Japan. These…

3 Must–Have Free Apps for First–Time Travellers in Japan

With the booming tourism industry, we see a significant increase of people who travel to other countries all over the world for sheer fun and adventures. And when it comes to a country as historically rich and advanced as Japan, it’s quite easy to understand why it’s on the top of travel destination lists of…

How to Survive the Endless Summer Heat in Japan

This is my third summer in Japan and frankly if this country was like this all year round, there is no way I would have taken the job to come. Being from the perfectly temperate region of the PNW (that’s the Pacific Northwest of the United States for the layman) I am absolutely out of…

How to Get Free WI-FI when you are in Japan!

Almost all my friends who are planning to go to Japan for traveling or having a short trip have this one (long) question: “How can I get connected to the internet? Can I buy an internet-only sim-card? Are there many free wi-fi connections? Can I survive without internet connection?” So here is some guidance for…

3 Common Manners To Know Before Entering a Japanese Shrine

Shrines have long been considered sacred places in Japan where Gods are worshipped. Hence, it is crucial to follow a set of rules once you are inside a shrine’s premises. One important indicator of a shrine is the Torii Gate. It is a wooden gate, without a door, often painted in red. This is not…

How to be Polite while Eating: Table Manners in Japan

Eating is the funnest part of traveling. However, each country has a set of rules to abide by when it comes to table manners. Following them is very significant as a sign of honoring the food served to diners. Japan’s table manners are as unique as they come. In order to know more of the…

Packing Essentials for Climbing Mount Fuji

Every year between July and September, tons of people hailing from all over the world set off to climb Mt. Fuji to check one thing off their bucket lists. But this check could easily be missed if one is not well prepared! urbanresearch.wordpress.com/ This is a list of essentials that every hiker should minimally have…

11 Tips For Worry–Free Travel in Japan

Travelling in a foreign country may be rather challenging, especially if you do not speak its language. How to prepare for your trip in Japan and make it smoother than ever? 1. Rent a pocket WiFi champagneproject.com/ Mobile broadband services and plans are quite expensive in Japan. You should purchase or rent the ‘Pocket WiFi’…

What to Expect at a Japanese Restaurant

Want to dine at a Japanese restaurant the Japanese way? Here is a brief rundown of what to say and what to expect. Entering the Restaurant swaindestinations.com/ When you enter a restaurant, you’ll be greeted with a cheerful irasshaimase (Welcome). In all but the most casual places the waiter or waitress will next ask you,…

Get rid of cockroaches with Japanese “gokiburi hoi hoi” trap

Cockroaches, or ‘gokiburi’(ゴキブリ) as they are known in Japan, are the horror of every housewife, tenant and even if met this pest outdoors, one would get nightmares for weeks. If you come from a dry northern country, you might get shocked how common cockroaches are here. But do not worry, almost everyone has to deal…
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