Monthly Archives: August 2016

What is a standing restaurant? A standing restaurant is a restaurant where people have to stand while eating, albeit, there is usually still a limited number of chairs available. If you have traveled to Japan before, you might have already seen one. Standing restaurant is deemed unordinary for foreigners...

Anyone learning a new language makes a lot of mistakes. For example, I once tried to talk about religion with a Japanese friend. I wanted to talk about, "religion as a spiritual experience." The Japanese word for spiritual is "reiteki" but I misspoke and said "seiteki." So what I...

Have you ever traveled to the beautiful prefecture of Aomori in Japan? If you haven't, you should try visiting a popular tourist destination called "Juniko" which is also known as the "Twelve Lakes." It is located in Fukaura town which stands as a collective term for 33 lakes and...

If Japan is known for anything, it is known for electronics. When I first came to Japan, I was expecting everyone to have the best and newest electronics in the world, and all the kids to travel to school in their own Gundams or something. While I was rather...

Mister Donut is an extremely famous and popular donut franchise here in Japan. Most Japanese people are familiar with the brand itself but may not be aware that Mister Donut actually originated in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1955, this brand was eventually bought by the US company Allied Lyons...

When visiting Japan, there are two sides to the country that most visitors want to see. The vibrant, busy sights of Tokyo or the traditional, serene areas outside of the city. While the modern version of Japan is often associated with craziness and fun, the traditional customs of onsen,...

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