Try your Shopper’s Luck with Fukubukuro (Lucky bags) this Winter!

Do you consider yourself a person with luck on your side? If you do, then that’s great! There are many things in Japan where you can test that luck. Sadly, this article won’t be about your luck in playing the pachinko game though. From the first of the new year to about a week long,…

New Fortune Cookies with a Feline Twist!

Many people may be forgiven for thinking that the fortune cookie originated in China. Most fortune cookies in the world (and 3 billion are produced daily) are eaten in Chinese restaurants in the United States. However, fortune cookies actually originated in Japan. And now Japan has improved this tried and tested design. Origins mentalfloss.com/ It…

Halloween in Japan – Cultural Mismatching?

For many foreigners, Japan is an exciting and eclectic mix of culture. Having lived in Japan for over a year, I still get nervous when I have to perform everyday cultural etiquette, like giving the correct bow to a customer or handing over my business card politely. I think many foreign residents and tourists in…

Wagashi Calendar: Japanese Sweets and When to Expect Your Favourites

Before the year 1873 in the 6th year of the Meiji era, the calendar system used in Japan was called the kyuureki (旧暦) which is literally translated as “old calendar” or also known as the lunisolar calendar. kanda-zatsugaku.com/ Despite the prevalence of the Gregorian calendar these days, the kyuureki is still widely used for traditional…

Love Greek Yogurt? Then You Will Love These Delicious Japanese Brands!

It is finally here! Foreign food trends often take a long time to spread to Japan. After all, jar salads are taking off like crazy right now, a good three years after they first took off in the states. One of the more surprising new additions to Japanese supermarkets recently has been Greek Yogurt. I…

5 of the Best Japanese Chips

Potato chips. I know, they are unhealthy, loaded with salt, and let’s face it – greasy. Still, we can all agree that they are therapy in a bag! When you first come to Japan and can’t read a word, buying a bag of potato chips is like a blindfolded taste test with a deranged tormentor.…

4 Bizarre and Delicious Japanese Fruits

Have you ever wandered through a Japanese supermarket and stopped short, just to ponder over a mysterious looking fruit? You are not alone. Some things just look bizarre and too mysterious to try. But don’t miss out! Live on the edge and check out the fruits below. If you come across any in your travels,…

Give Japan’s Most Expensive Fruit a Try!

The Yubari King Melon is the most expensive fruit in Japan. It is also one of the most expensive fruits in the world. The fruit is commonly bought as a gift or a souvenir from a trip to Hokkaido. The Yubari King Melon has become a symbol of status, and hence, has the higher price.…
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3 Types of Japanese Alcohol to Keep You Warm this Winter!

Winter in Japan can be rough. Even though the weather is cold, in many places there is hardly any snow to help you enjoy it. The last thing you feel like doing after freezing through a work day is come home to find out that the inside of the fridge is warmer than your apartment.…
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