2016 August

3 Last-Minute Souvenirs to Pick Up at Osaka Station Before Heading Home

If you’ve spent most of your time traveling around the beautiful city of Osaka but forgot to buy souvenirs before you go on your way home, then this article might help you. Unique souvenirs can be found around the large station complex that comprises Osaka and Umeda Stations. It is one of the busiest areas…

Try 129 Kinds of Sake in One Go at This Museum in Niigata, Japan

The Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum, in the area of Echigo-Yuzawa Station in Niigata, is famous for a few things – mainly for its sake, sake bath, and “bakudan onigiri.” Continue reading to find out more about them! Sake-tasting One of the best things in Ponshukan is its huge variety of sake that you can…

Japanese Idol Ami Suzuki Announced Her Shotgun Wedding

On her official website a major Japanese idol named Ami Suzuki had announced some major news in July, 2016. It was revealed that she got married on the 1st of July, 2016, and is currently pregnant with her first child! Ami Suzuki (鈴木 亜美) syncmusic.jp/ So who is Ami Suzuki? She may not be known…

Waterside Tranquility: Take a Break and Relax at Nagasaki Seaside Park

When you’re on holiday, do you ever feel like you’ve overdone it a bit? Perhaps you’ve tried to squeeze a five-day itinerary into a long weekend, visited three major museums in one day, and laden yourself down with souvenir shopping. If you’ve pushed yourself to the limit on your trip to Nagasaki and want to…

Top 3 Places to Go for Free Wifi in Japan!

Japan is a very technologically advanced country, and as such there are many places you can use wifi for free. Osaka and some other bigs cities have free Wifi hotspots, but the connection is generally pretty weak and spotty in my experience, and they often only allow you to use the wifi for short durations…

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

Head to Tamana and Visit the Rengein Tanjyoji Temple for Peace and Quiet

On my first visit to Tamana in Kumamoto, we headed straight for the popular temple that houses a giant, 40-ton bell (which you can have the pleasure of ringing if you arrive at the right time of day). On the second trip, my friend was keen to see this famous site and we programmed the…

Calorific Deliciousness in Kumamoto ー Try Bubble Tea at Tapiking

I first tried ‘milk tea’ in China – what we would call ‘builders tea’ in England but made super sweet and super milky, and more often than not with little tapioca balls bobbing around at the bottom of the cup. Served with a jumbo straw through which to suck up the afore mentioned tapioca balls,…

Heard of Black Chicken Sashimi? Know About Kagoshima’s Black Trio!

Kagoshima Prefecture boasts of having many delicious food items thanks to its flourishing agricultural industry and warm climate. Among the various delicacies which Kagoshima has to offer, have you heard of the “Black Trio” which are actually premium types of meat produced within the prefecture? Read on to find out more and try them for…

Anime ‘Laughing Under the Clouds’ Goes Live-Action Film!

Donten ni Warau (曇天に笑う), or Laughing Under the Clouds, is a manga series by Karakara-Kemuri (唐々煙). Like many other manga series, it has been adapted into an anime series. And the latest news is that the manga series will be getting a live-action film adaptation! No Swords For Samurai 『#曇天に笑う』最新チラシのビジュアルがついに解禁!! 天火の男らしさとかっこよさを全面に押し出し、武器となる赤い鉄扇からのぞく凛々しい表情と和洋折衷の衣装から、映画の世界観がビシビシ伝わるビジュアルになりました! pic.twitter.com/Pd5wJMjMfG — 映画『曇天に笑う』 (@donten_movie)…
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