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Get to Know These 3 Popular “Faux-lidays” in Japan and Join in the Fun

Japan is an innovative country. It celebrates so many holidays in a year, both traditional and new. Every year, new holiday observances are introduced which add rhythm to their culture. There is even a list of made-up ones which are known as “faux-lidays” or “kinenbi (記念日)” in Japanese. These are celebrations of certain events that…

What Is ‘Telework Day’ and How Will It Ease Traffic Congestion in Japan?

Japanese people have a stringent work style. It is very common for employees to work long hours every single day. With many people commuting to work on a daily basis, it puts a heavy burden on traffic conditions. Because of this, a campaign has recently been made to designate July 24 of every year towards…

Are You a Talented Chef? Represent Japan and Join This Global Chef Competition!

S.Pellegrino Young Chef is an anticipated global competition that recognizes rising culinary talent from across the globe. Every year, it announces a winner among a group of talented chefs who take part in its extraordinary event. Currently, Japan is searching for its representative who will join the international competition in Milan in June 2018. All…

Celebrate the Doll Festival with Baskin-Robbins’ Special Treat!

One of the most exciting things about living here in Japan is how most establishments are prepped up for any event that is to come. While Valentine’s Day may have gone and passed, the next event to look forward to is the traditional Doll Festival, or Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)! Go to any department store and…

The 2 Kinds of Chocolate That Japanese Women Give on Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In Japan, it is one of the celebrations that people look forward to, especially junior high school students. It is the time when women get to show their true feelings to men by giving them chocolates. The celebration is quite unique compared to other countries as it has…

Ward Off Evil This 2017 With These 7 Unique Sushi Rolls From Japan!

In Japan, it is believed that when seasons change, people are more prone to be affected by the evil forces i.e. devils, so there is a need to ward off evil on the day before the beginning of the new season. As such, Setsubun (節分), which means the last day before spring, is an occasion…

What You Need to Know About “Oyako Day” (Parent-And-Child Day)

Foodies who love Japanese cuisine will definitely have heard of the “oyako don” (chicken and egg rice bowl) before. As can be deduced from its ingredients – chicken and eggs – “oyako” is a Japanese phrase that literally means “parent and child,” hence the name for this dish. But have you come across the term…

Fill Your Stomach With Unlimited Donuts and More at Mister Donut’s Buffet!

Mister Donut is an extremely famous and popular donut franchise here in Japan. Most Japanese people are familiar with the brand itself but may not be aware that Mister Donut actually originated in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1955, this brand was eventually bought by the US company Allied Lyons who was the company that ran…

All About Obon From Traditional Customs to Exciting Festivals All Over Japan

How much do you know about Japan’s Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you’ll definitely learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you are in…
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