2016 January

A Fun Guide to Mastering Japanese Numbers in Kanji!

Numbers are one of the most important things to learn when living abroad. Without them, how could you shop, understand your salary, or most important, exchange phone numbers with a new friend (or potential date)? kanji.jitenon.jp/ As simple as can be. Simply stroke your pen across the paper in a straight, horizontal line. Extra points…

Turn Boring Vegetables into Delicious Works of Art the Japanese Way!

Japanese people are not exactly known for their vegetarian-friendly ways. After all, bacon is often not considered meat in our great nation but rather, a topping. However, the Japanese do love to make the mundane look extraordinary, occasionally taking far too much time to do so. There are several methods to go by when making…

Meet Monami Ohno and Her Wondrous Works of Cardboard Art!

Meet Monami Ohno (大野萌菜美), the artist whose talents and skills involve making things out of cardboard! She can replicate almost anything, even the highly detailed, by just using cardboard and carving and shaping tools. Monami Ohno studied at the Osaka University of Arts and due to her amazing talent, she has featured in magazines, websites,…

Mt Mihara: Explore the History Behind Japan’s Suicide Volcano

Japan is surrounded by many volcanoes serving a significant role in the country’s culture and mythology. One of its active volcanoes, Mt Mihara, lies on the Island of Izu Oshima. It is an exciting and dramatic place for a variety of reasons. Characteristics of Mt Mihara iflscience.com/ Mt Mihara has a lot of interesting characteristics…

Playing it Safe in the Bedroom in Japan

When many foreigners talk about their lives in Japan to their families and friends back home the reaction often begins with awe. This can swiftly change to surprise as certain misconceptions are debunked and our own cultural norms are turned on their heads. Land of the Future? kluv.cbslocal.com/ The world over, Japan is still hailed…

Mt Omine’s Ban on Women and 3 Tests of Courage!

Mount Omine is a holy mountain located in the Nara Prefecture and although it is popularly known as Mount Omine, its official name is actually Mount Sanjo. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is popular for its three tests of courage. en.wikipedia.org/ The Ominesanji Temple is situated at the top of the…

Check Out this Absurdly Fun Event of ’Animals’ Escaping in Tokyo!

You may have already heard of Ueno Zoo, the oldest existing zoo in Tokyo, but have you ever witnessed its “Escaped Animal Drill?” It is a very exciting event which may appear odd for some, as you will see zookeepers dressed up in animal costumes pretending to be fugitive animals breaking loose as co-workers try…

A Brief on What to Expect if You are Traveling to Japan in Winter!

Throughout the year, Japan offers a relatively adjustable climate and temperature. Although northern parts such as the Hokkaido (北海道) and Tohoku (東北) regions have severe winter conditions with lots of snow, on the other hand, southern parts including Okinawa (沖縄) rarely snows in winter. You can visit Japan without proper winter boots or a heavy…

Midori Sushi in Tokyo: Easy on the Pocket and Delicious!

There is no doubt that sushi is one of the most popular Japanese dishes in the country. Many Japanese people love this handmade specialty, and tourists and travelers have learned to love this dish more and more over the past few years too. Therefore, many tourists want to try Japanese sushi first-hand on their travels…
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