2015 September

Top 5 Delicious Traditional Kumamoto Grubs!

Before the advent of Kumamon, Kumamoto was one of those prefectures you tend to pass through without stopping, unless you had a reason, family, or were just curious. With its increase in popularity, and the arrival of the bullet train, we are beginning to see tourists enjoy something those of us who live here have…

Cash, Credit, or Debit? Payment Options in Japan

All countries in the world have different kinds of payment methods. When you are coming to a new country, whether it be for staying long-term or just for traveling, it can be a little problematic for you to get used to the new payment system. If you are wondering how to pay in Japan in…

Japanese Chahan (Fried Rice) Mixes: Super-easy and Yummy!

There may be days when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on dinner but want to make something really fast and there is nothing at home except for leftover rice. Well, why not try these fried rice mixes? They come in a variety of flavors and are super easy to make. Choose…

What Guidebooks Won’t Tell You: the Unexplored Parts of Tohoku

When you hear of Tohoku, what comes to your mind? An earthquake? The nuclear accident? Or… Although having a small territory, Japan is made up of various regional cultures. As there are countless sightseeing spots, those who have visited before may have realized that it is impossible to experience all of Japan’s attractions in only…

Get to Know Kiko Mizuhara, Top Japanese Model-Actress

If you’ve recently seen the latest anime film adaptation, Shingeki no Kyojin (in English, Attack on Titan) then you would have seen this beauty, who goes by the name of Mizuhara Kiko (水原希子). Mizuhara Kiko is a model, actress, singer and designer who is mostly active in Japan. She is currently under Asia Cross Agency,…

Top 6 Japanese Crisps for Junk Food Lovers

For savoury snacks, crisps are a number one choice, and in Japan there is a good variety of mad and delicious flavours to sample. Some flavours have no right being anywhere near an innocent slice of deep fried potato, but there are others that have earned their place in the crisp-flavour-hall-of-respect and are there to…

Top 3 Reads about the Darker Side of Japanese Society

Japan is the land of mystery and intrigue, of kawaii culture, a happy place full of rainbows and sunshine. Well, of course there are many such moments, but like any other society, there is also a dark underside of societal issues and even crime. burningmonk.deviantart.com/ If you are interested in learning more, you should check…

Fukunoyu: Luxurious Onsen with Million Dollar View of Nagasaki

If you’ve never tried a Japanese hot spring before, then why not consider visiting the Fukunoyu Onsen in Nagasaki City? fukunoyu.com/ Bathing naked in front of strangers isn’t for everyone, but if you want to overcome your fears with a “baptism by fire” then what better way to do it then by plunging in at…

How to Save 30% on Shinkansen Travel: Platt Kodama!

Have you ever travelled between Kanto and Kansai by a highway bus? Tickets can be super cheap within a price range of ¥7,000 for a night ride and around ¥6,000 for a day ride and you might “save” time when getting the night bus by sleeping most of the time. If you are lucky enough,…

Experience Small-Town life in Tamana, Kumamoto

If you have already seen the sights of Kumamoto and find yourself at a tourism loss of what to do, consider a day trip to the nearby city of Tamana for an outing that combines history, culture and relaxation. Location Author’s photo Tamana is a small town not far from Kumamoto. You can take a…
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