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Visit These 4 Challenging Yet Scenic Roads in Shikoku!

After our recent wedding in Japan, my wife and I decided to have our honeymoon in Shikoku. It was a 3-week driving trip which encompassed a large portion of the island. Whilst it was a wonderful journey through an amazingly beautiful area of Japan, it also happened to present the most challenging driving experiences of…

Admire a Rare National Treasure Found Within the Ancient Tombs of Saitama, Japan

As you can probably tell from my other article, my fascination with kofun (古墳) has taken me all over Japan in search of the next 1,500-year-old ancient tomb to admire. The search for kofun can sometimes be a mini adventure which leads me to unpopulated forest areas or remote mountaintops. In contrast, kofun can also…

Interested to See a Different Type of Japanese Castle? Check This One in Okayama!

I’m very interested in Japan’s history and thus, castles are always a must-see for me. So far I’ve visited at least a couple dozen of them. I’ve seen castles of different shapes and sizes, varying among originals, reconstructions, and ruins. However, until my recent visit to Okayama, I’d never seen a castle like Kinojo Castle…

Are You a Tall Person Visiting Japan? 5 Places Where You May Have Problems

I’m 192cm tall, otherwise known as somewhere in the realms of 6’ 3” to 6’ 4”. By Western standards, that makes me somewhat taller than average, but take a random selection of a hundred Japanese men and I’d be surprised if even one of them is my height or taller. That equates to the fact…

Stroll Among Ancient Burial Mounds and Appreciate History at This Park in Gunma

Ask the average traveler who knows little of Japan beyond the “must-see” sights what a kofun (古墳) is and you’ll probably get a blank look. The same question might not get a much deeper response from those more traveled in the country, or at best they might tell you, “Oh, aren’t they those huge Emperor’s…

Japan on the Cheap: 5 Money-Saving Tips to Keep in Mind

On a budget? No problem, you can still have an awesome time exploring, shopping, and eating your way through Japan! Of course, it will all depend on what you want to do while you’re in Japan, so the following are just some ideas to make every yen count! 1. BOOK-OFF (ブックオフ) flickr.com/ Any manga lovers…

5 Awesome “Shoujo” Manga and Where to Buy Them if You’re Outside Japan!

If you read manga (漫画), or Japanese comics, then you probably already know what shoujo (少女) manga is. But for those that are new to it, it is a category for readership or circulation that is aimed at teenage girls – this is directly evident in the word “shoujo” which means “little girl” or “young…

Struggling to Learn Japanese? Check These 3 Handy Japanese Learning Apps Out!

It’s great when languages (like Japanese) are offered as a school/university elective, and this definitely helps establish a learning foundation you can build upon. But what about those that didn’t get this opportunity or have only just decided to start learning Japanese? Yes, I’m sure you’d be able to find an independent Japanese language school,…
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