2015 September

Rent a Modern Kimono in Harajuku, Tokyo!

Kimono are a very traditional aspect of Japanese culture and fashion. A woman wearing a kimono is an elegant and iconic image. Surprisingly, not so many people wear kimono for everyday wear anymore. Kimono are much more often worn for special occasions, such as New Year celebrations or for a wedding. If you are visiting…

2 of the Most Kawaii Japanese Animals!

Japan is the international home for all things kawaii! Kawaii roughly translates to ‘cute’ in English, but kawaii is getting known worldwide. ign.com/ You might wonder what makes Japan so kawaii, many people think it’s the fashion, the characters in anime or even the food. One very natural aspect of Japan’s kawaii is its animals.…

Kyoto Tower, Majestic Landmark of Kyoto

The city of Kyoto is famous for being the old capital of Japan and for being the centre of tradition with hundreds of shrines and temples, geisha and maiko and world heritage sites. However, one of the biggest landmarks in Kyoto is from a much more recent time. flickr.com/ Kyoto tower was built in the…

How Hard is it to get a Driver’s License in Japan?

Each prefecture has its own driver’s license center and test methods, and a resident of a particular prefecture is only allowed to take the driving test in his or her respective prefecture. The passing rate at driver’s license centers is abysmally low, and most Japanese only pass on the second try. As students have to…

Throw your own Tako pa! (Takoyaki party)

There are various ways to hold a get along event with your friends at home, and one of my favorites is the Tako-Pa or Takoyaki Party. Takoyaki party, as we can guess from the name, is basically a meet-up event where people gather usually at one home to make their own takoyaki using takoyaki pans.…

Four Great Japanese Instant Soups to Warm Your Belly!

Soup is good; both healthy, and delicious. But, let’s face it, making soup can be a pain. Lots of ingredients, a ton of water, and the required boiling until your gas bill exceeds your remaining savings balance… mery.jp/ Despite your best intentions, Japanese refrigerators and freezers just aren’t built to handle an excess of pre-cooked…

Planning for 2015 Autumn Foliage

One of the biggest tourist draws in Japan during the autumn is watching the autumn leaves turn. The forests and parks of Japan shift from vibrant greens to stunning reds, yellows, and oranges. This fleeting change of the seasons echoes the beauty of sakura in spring, heralding the coming of winter and the harvest. If…

5 Mobile Apps to Enhance your Stay in Japan!

If you are a foreigner in Japan who recently arrived in the land of the rising sun, there are a lot of challenges you might encounter especially if you are not familiar yet with the language. realestate-tokyo.com/ To help you survive, here are the top 5 mobile applications you can use. 1. Google Translate materialup.com/…

Hukulou Coffee Owl Cafe: Can a Cat and an Owl be Friends?

At Hukulou Coffee, located in Nakazaki-cho, Osaka, there is a little owl named Fuku (who is named after the Japanese word for owl which is “fukurou”) and a kitten named Marimo. Usually cats and birds don’t get along but these two make the most adorable pair. They actually look a bit similar too! They are…

How Well Do You Know Japanese Types of Prawns?

Prawns, or shrimps, are a very popular seafood all over the world, including Japan. The variety is amazing and most delicious ones are rather expensive. Let’s have a look at the various popular kinds of Japanese shrimps. Botan Ebi latesjp11.seesaa.net/ Botan Ebi (ボタンエビ “Pandalus nipponensis”) are pandalid shrimp, orange-red in color and approximately 20cm long.…
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