HOW TO

Shrine vs. Temple, telling them apart is easy!

I have always been confused as how to differentiate between a shrine and a temple. It took me few years before I was finally fully able to distinguish them. When my friends and family were coming to visit me in Japan, they would ask me the same questions. So, let me summarise the differences that…

Heading to Tokyo? Try the City’s Favorite Dish, Monjayaki!

r.gnavi.co.jp/ Are you planning to visit Tokyo? If so please check this out! Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き) is Japanese traditional food which is pretty famous especially in the Shitamachi districts such as Tsukishima (月島), Asakusa (浅草) and so on. Asakusa Access Tsukishima Access However, the ways to cook Monjayaki are different depending on the Monjayaki restaurants. Today…

4 Important Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Japan

If you are planning go to Japan or already booked your flight tickets to Japan, here is a list of the things you’d better know before going. It will help to make your travel smoother and more fun! 1. ATMs jp.fotolia.com/ Most Japanese ATMs don’t accept cards issued outside of Japan. But no worries, you…

4 Tips for Seeing Movies in Japan on a Budget

1. Movies in Japan blog.livedoor.jp/ If you are a movie buff, like me, you know that there is nothing like experiencing a movie in the cinema. And few countries do movie theaters like they do here in Japan. Japanese movie theaters are second to none. With reserved seating, you never have to worry about getting…

Public bath culture in Japan

Bathing is a time-old tradition in Japan. ameblo.jp/ Japanese people enjoy going to the public bathhouses, which are called sento. The first sentos appeared in Japan in 15th century. Despite the fact that there is a bathroom in every house, the habit of going to the sento is still very popular among the people. The…

Why not study in Japan?

When you graduated from high school or university and want to try some new adventures by continuing to study abroad but don’t know where to go, why not to consider Japan? Many people might feel doubtful about studying in Japan because they are afraid of the language that is used everywhere and seems difficult to…

Turn Japanese commuting into a piece of cake!

Have you ever wondered how Japanese people survive commuting and using public transportation when all the lines are operated by different companies? The answer is simple and with that you can even do shopping! What is the secret item, that practically all Japanese have? To get around, they are using cards called SUICA or PASMO…

A Japanese Style House Party with Nabe!

What’s Nabe? Author’s photo Nabe is a type of Japanese cuisine named after the clay pot in which it is traditionally prepared. It features many fresh vegetables and mushrooms, centered around a main meat or seafood, heated in the nabs-pot over a burner that sits in the middle of the serving table, and is a…
COVER PHOTO

The Drop of Gold, Or how to Make O–Cha Like a Pro

O-Cha indulgy.com/ Green tea is a staple drink of Japanese culture. The only difference between it and the ever-popular English tea is the amount of oxidation the leaves go through. The minimal exposure to oxidation the green tea leaves receives results in the yumminess that is Japanese Tea. Apparently I have been making it wrong…

Toire 101: A Guide to Japan’s Toilets

livedoor.blogimg.jp/ For most people outside of Japan, a visit to the restroom is quite simple: sit, “release,” wipe, and flush. But in Japan, toilets can be a bit of a challenge. Both the traditional squat type toilets and the ultra-modern water-squirting toilets are unlike what other parts of the world is used to. Here is…
Page 32 of 36...3031323334...