2015 August

Kyoto Nightlife: Top 10 Recommended Bars

While the nearby city of Osaka might be more famous for its nightlife than the old capital of Kyoto there’s plenty of bars and drinking spots to be found, especially in the areas around Kawaramachi and Sanjo stations. In the beginning of the series, let’s look at 3 which are all easy to get to…

Hakuza Nihonbashi – A Place Where You Can Eat Gold

Nihonbashi is a whole area in Tokyo that takes pride in “Edo Style” shopping. Literally translating into “Japanese Bridge”, it is indeed a bridge connecting old Edo traditions with contemporary style. Hakuza Nihonbashi definitely feels like you are are walking into living history. Hakuza Nihonbashi retaildesignblog.net/ gardenhotels.co.jp/ The store offers multiple gold products – from…

Build your Own Robot friend in Japan!

Ever wanted your own personal robot companion? Well in Japan you can build your own! Author’s photo Robi was created by Tomotaka Takahashi and by collecting the parts and following the instructions in the Weekly Robi magazine you receive every week, you can put together your very own little robot friend! Robi is designed to…

3 Prestigious Japanese Spring Festivals

Spring is a time of renewal, it heralds the end of a cold winter with the promise of new life for nature. In spring Japan really comes alive, hanami parties and cherry blossom viewing is a national past-time at this time of year. However hanami is not the only event that you can see in…

Planning for a great day trip from Kyoto?

Kyoto is one of the biggest tourist draws in Japan and so many foreign and domestic tourists stay here. However, if you want to see areas outside of Kyoto there are still many places you can go on a short trip to visit. Himeji Castle famouswonders.com/ Himeji is a castle town situated West of Kyoto…

Godzilla Reviews: Godzilla’s Revenge

OH!!! MY EYES!!! This is surely the worst of all the Godzilla movies. I think that it’s even worse than the 1998 Hollywood version. galleryhip.com/ I mean it’s absolutely terrible. It’s awful. It’s atrocious. It’s a total abomination!!! But, it is surprisingly watchable. One of those “so bad it’s good” type of movies. Synopsis godzilla.wikia.com/…

Saving Space the Japanese Way!

Why do Japanese have their washing machines on their balconies? Why are Japanese toilets so small and narrow? Why do Japanese kitchen’s have only two cooking panels? Why is parking in Japan so expensive? And rent, too? jp.fotolia.com/ It is all about space. Japan is a big country, but only 30% can be used for…

Kanagawa: A Stone’s Throw Away from Tokyo

If Tokyo was New York City, guess which prefecture would be New Jersey? Given the proximity of Jersey City to Manhattan, many people who work in New York live in Jersey City for the overall less costly standard of living. Dining out at restaurants, grocery shopping, and paying rent and housing tax are some of…

Let’s Understand the Japanese Around Us

Every foreigner coming to Japan will surely encounter the same one difficulty. It is being unable to read the sign boards and documents available in Japan since most places have only Japanese boards, brochures, etc. which will be written only in Japanese kanji. Most common tourist sites or airports surely have the English version of…

Want to test your patience? Join the Line!

Waiting in line seems to be a big part of life in Japan. You must have noticed the lines and lines of people patiently waiting almost everywhere you go. It is common to wait in a line for 3-4 hours, maybe longer, in bigger cities like Tokyo, the wait is sometimes 5 hours or more…
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