2015 September

Things you Should Know Before Riding a Bicycle in Japan

Consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to ride a bicycle in Japan if you are a tourist. Chances are high you will have your own if you live here. en.rocketnews24.com/ Riding a bicycle in a big city such as Tokyo is not that simple, since you have to get a bit prepared in…

Omiyage Gifting: A Social Obligation in Japan?

After returning from a vacation, you may have brought some souvenirs or gifts back for friends or yourselves; it’s natural to think that this is a wholly voluntary act and usually given only to people who you are close to or who you are in good terms with. But who would have thought that NOT…

How to Register Your Bicycle in Japan

When riding a bicycle in a big Japanese city like Tokyo, you need to register your bicycle. Yes, that’s right, you have to treat it like a car in order to be in accordance with the law. But no need to panic, the registration process is a piece of cake. What You Need twitter.com// What…

Step Out of Busy Tokyo Life and Into an Edo Style Onsen Oasis

Tokyo is an amazing city but it can be rather hectic and if all the rushing around and the stresses of modern Tokyo life are getting you down, there’s a great way to step back in time and relax! If you take a ride on the monorail out to Odaiba, you can spend a day…

More to Salt and Tanuki Statue Traditions Than Meets the Eye!

If you look carefully as you’re walking around Japan, you’ll notice small plates or dishes of salt outside a lot of homes and businesses. If you ask around you’ll get a few different explanations for the reasoning behind people leaving these out. The most common explanation I’ve been given is that the salt is there…

One of the “Big 3” Hakata Events: Hojoya Shrine Festival

I love festivals! That is one of the many reasons why I love Japan. There are so many elements you can learn and discover about the country’s culture in a single festival. thekimonogallery.tumblr.com/ You can observe men and women, both young and elderly proudly wearing their traditional clothes. You can also savour the various types…

Essential Budgeting Tips for Your Trip to Japan

Japan is often described as an expensive country to visit, live or work in. However, this does not need to be so and is not entirely true. Accommodation to live in Tokyo can be very expensive, but the same can be said for any other capital city across the world, such as London or New…

Vegan Burgers and Kichijoji Allsorts

“People aren’t overcome by situations or outside forces. Defeat comes from within.” ― Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto is a contemporary expose on human relations and emotions of loss and love, which tells the story of a quirky young woman, the protagonist, and her newly found friend and his transsexual mother. She resides…

Experience Nature’s Alluring Eye Candy on Your Autumn Adventures Throughout Japan

In September, the cold autumn breeze starts to kiss our sun-drenched skin in the long hot summer months. What a relief! Goodbye, scorching summer. Hello, delicate autumn! Just looking around makes my heart smile in excitement. Some leaves start to turn yellow, orange, red, and brown, and one by one they fall to the ground.…

Visiting Japan on a Budget: Souvenir Hacks

Regardless of whether you’re a tourist visiting or a foreigner working in Japan, you may feel obligated to buy souvenirs or gifts when you go back home. Bringing back a gift after a vacation, or omiyage お土産, is paramount in Japanese culture. So why not partake in this intricately painful process of selecting an appropriate…
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