2018 May

Explore These 5 Spots in the Historical Gifu City All in One Day!

Gifu Prefecture is a famous destination because of the village of Shirakawa-go. But did you know that Gifu has a lot more to offer other than this World Heritage Site? Gifu City, the prefecture capital, can show you more of Japan’s historical and interesting places. The good thing about these spots is that it will…

Want to Dance with Pikachu? You Can’t Miss This Cute Event in Yokohama!

Most people have heard of the incredibly popular children’s anime show, Pokémon, which depicts a young boy and his friends who venture out into the world to win battles, collect badges, and “catch ’em all!” This insanely popular franchise also has an extensive series of video games and merchandise, which continue to be developed and…

Do You Know Who Is Behind the Train Melodies You Hear at Japanese Train Stations?

If you’ve ever been to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, you’ll notice the melody being played when trains are about to arrive and depart from stations. They are called train departure melodies or “hassha merodii” in Japanese. These jingles that whisk commuters on their way were actually made by Japanese composer Minoru Mukaiya, who…

2 All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants Popular Among Japanese High School Students

When talking about izakaya or Japanese pubs, what comes to mind? Delicious skewers and beer, a smoky environment, and loud people… Most of you may not link it with underage high school girls, but dining in an izakaya has become the latest trend among them! So what attracts them to this type of restaurant and…

Love Coffee? Don’t Miss the Tokyo Cafe Show in Japan This June 2018!

Did you know that Japan is one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world? You’ll see why once you stroll down the streets of cities like Tokyo. It is said that there are more than 7 million cafe-style restaurants in the country. In line with this, an event called the “Tokyo Cafe Show”…

How Many of These 5 Popular Dog Breeds in Japan Have You Seen?

Japan is the land of “kawaii” (cute) things. From clothing to accessories to stationery to even food, “cute” culture is often incorporated to make many quite ordinary items look adorable! Cute animals are also very popular in Japan and there are even TV shows and social media dedicated to hamsters, rabbits, kittens, puppies, and other…

7 Things to Remember When Trying Karaoke in Japan

Karaoke is a great way to pass the time while you’re in Japan. You can find karaoke bars almost anywhere, even in small towns, and they are an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy an evening or a rainy day. However, there is a little more to it than just going in, choosing your song,…

This New Service Makes Affordable Accommodation in Japan Even More Accessible!

7-Eleven Japan, already known for the convenience it offers, will once again prove that it, indeed, has almost everything. On June 15, 2018, a new service called “Convenience Front Desk 24” will take effect in Tokyo. This is an automated service for temporary accommodation guests who would like to check in and collect and leave…
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