2015 September

5 Freakiest Japanese Folk Monsters

Like any other country on Earth, Japan has its own folkloric monsters. Collectively, such mythical beasts are called yokai, and there are hundreds of them! Many yokai share similar traits with their Western counterparts, but mind you, Japan’s creatures can get a little too bizarre! In this article, let’s take a look at five of…

There She Blows! – 5 Typhoon Preparedness Tips

Japan is indeed a very safe country crime-wise, however, natural disasters are not at all that rare in the land of the rising sun. One of the frequent natural calamities in Japan would be typhoons. While the majority of typhoons certainly won’t blow you away, they may cause many inconveniences, as the electricity and water…
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Ajisai (Hydrangea): The Most Stunning Blooms of Summer

Everyone knows the beauty of the spring sakura blossoms. Thousands flock to see the delicate petals before they fall from the trees in the unpredictable spring weather. Once the week or two has gone and the petals have all fallen it may seem that Japan has bloomed its last for the year. 20615769.at.webry.info/ However, Japan…

Sushi, the Most Famous Japanese Food in the World!

Sushi is the first name that strikes us when Japanese cuisine is mentioned. Sushi is perhaps the best known Japanese food dish to the outside world. It is a recipe that consists of rice and fish with a flavor of vinegar. However, there are many variations of Sushi that are lesser known by people outside…

Japan’s Growing Number of Ghost Towns and the Reasons Behind It

On the surface, Japan seems like a country with highly populated metropolises of high technology and sky-high accommodation prices. Tokyo is the most populated city in the whole world with over 13 million people residing there. However, Japan is entering a population crisis. The overall population of Japan fell by over 300,000 last year and…

How to Prepare Shabu Shabu Deliciously for Friends and Family

Shabu shabu is a popular Japanese dish. It consists of thinly sliced meat and a variety of vegetables and sauces boiled like “hot pot” style in a skillet on the table. Several versions of the dish can be found in Korean as well as Chinese culinary but are still similar to the Japanese hot pot.…

Ukai Matsuri – Cormorant Fishing Festival in Gifu

Gifu prefecture is famous for its ceramic ware. The popular sightseeing areas in Gifu are the Gifu castle and the Park area situated on Mount Kinka. But during the summer season, from May to the middle of October, there is a famous festival being held on Nagara river of Gifu: the cormorant fishing festival. It…

What to do when you get sick in Japan

Lying on the floor, writhing around in considerable agony, I realized for the first time just how far away from home I was. But Medical Care in Japan need not be complicated, and my experience gave me new found motivation. en.rocketnews24.com/ I dislike hospitals. Having worked in several in my home country, you’d think the…

The Top 5 Places to Get Your Pancake On in Japan!

Living in Japan is an amazing experience especially with the myriad of food options! However, sometimes one can get homesick for good ‘ol American food. Nothing screams American food like brunch and pancakes! Here are my top 5 recommendations of pancake places that have happily provided this much-needed fix. 1. Sarabeth’s metropolisjapan.com/ This New York…

Cycling in Japan: Rules and Tips

Japan is a country of mountains and stunning scenery. If you have ever spent time in Japan you would have noticed the amount of people getting around on bicycles. Although 70% of Japan is mountainous many of the towns and cities are built in flat valleys. This means that cycling is a great, cheap and…
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