Japanize your iPhone with these Uniquely Artistic Covers!

Japanese culture and art have been fascinating people all over the world. The more you learn about Japan, the more you want to discover more about the country. If you want to have daily eye candy, you will be definitely pleased with a Japanese motif on your smartphone cover. Enjoying Japanese culture on a daily…
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Japan’s New Year’s food: Osechi

The New Year or “Shogatsu” is the perfect time for Japanese to carry out their yearly rituals, though it may not hold religious significance for them. One of their beliefs is that the God of the Year or “Toshigama-sama”, who brings abundance and happiness to each family, visits their homes. In preparation for this, each…

Things to Love and Hate about Japanese Apartments

It’s well known that housing in big Japanese cities (like Tokyo) is expensive and you basically end up living in a Japanese shoebox. However, in smaller cities you can get much more for your money and enjoy a nice lifestyle at the same time. But what are the universal pros and cons of living in…

Japanese Fountain Pens: a Great Deal on a Great Tool

Buying a fountain pen can be a daunting task. Getting a cheap one from Daiso usually means ink all over the place. A nice, beautiful Pilot Justus 95? It sure is pretty, but you may need to take out a loan. Fountain pens: professional and stylish fountainpennetwork.com/ Thankfully, our kind friends at Pilot have created…

Matsutake, The Most Expensive Mushroom in Japan

One mushroom highly prized by the Japanese and Chinese is “matsutake.” Japan has been having long love affair with it. However, only few people are able to eat it due to its expensive price. There are times when prices drop a little lower if there’s an optimal amount of rain and that is probably the…

Japanese Convenience Stores (Conbini): More than Just Another Store

Every few blocks, you’ll definitely find a convenience store in Japan. These are known as “conbini” in Japanese. This is the reason why Japan is called the “Land of Convenience.” web-japan.org/ These are not only places for you to buy your daily necessities but also a place for you to pay your utility bills. What…

Halloween, Japanese Style: A Night of Horror and Fun

Years ago, Halloween was just another day in the Land of the Rising Sun. No costumes, no candy, and few decorations. ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) had to explain the ideas to eager Japanese students, and occasionally donned costumes that confused and perplexed locals. More than once, I have seen a foreigner in a full-on Doraemon…

Kit Kat Kraze in Japan – Now You Can Eat it As a Croissant!

Anyone who has come to Japan knows that there is an insane Kit Kat fan base there. KitKat Shops dessart.club/ There are whole stores dedicated to its myriad of flavors. Where else can one get matcha flavor but in Japan! There are even so-called Kit Kat Chocolatory branches (there’s now even one at Tokyo Station)…

Easy, Fun and Scary Japanese Food Ideas for Halloween

Japanese love to adapt and then improve! Since Halloween is growing in popularity in Japan, housewives and cooks are becoming even more creative. There is plenty of Japanese food that can easily be made into something scary. Let’s get inspirited by these great Japanese Halloween food ideas! Halloween Sushi harumi0303.exblog.jp/ Sushi is the easiest and…

The Reasons Behind the Rise in Hybrid Cars in Japan

From January to June 2014, close to 540,000 hybrid vehicles were sold in Japan, a 35% increase from this same period in the previous year. In 2015, more hybrid models have been introduced to the Japanese market and the popularity continues to grow. thetimes.co.uk/ It’s been the same ever since the introduction of the original…
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