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Basic Japanese Vocabulary and Important Phrases for Riding the Train in Japan

Although it is perfectly possible to visit and survive in Japan without learning the language, it definitely makes life a lot easier when you know some basic vocabulary. It can build bridges between you and the people you meet, and make requests and actions, which you may take for granted back home where there is…

5 Freakiest Japanese Folk Monsters

Like any other country on Earth, Japan has its own folkloric monsters. Collectively, such mythical beasts are called yokai, and there are hundreds of them! Many yokai share similar traits with their Western counterparts, but mind you, Japan’s creatures can get a little too bizarre! In this article, let’s take a look at five of…

A Look Back: The 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Five years prior to the games, much of the sporting world’s attention is focused in Japan for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But did you know that this won’t be the first time Tokyo hosted the Olympics? Around half a century back, Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics – the first ever to be hosted…

Smelly summer, a Japanese deodorant dilemma

Japanese people do not need deodorants that much – that’s why finding a deodorant while in Japan can be a bit of a struggle for an uninformed foreigner. Japanese people just don’t sweat as much. jp.fotolia.com/ But why are the Japanese people less likely to develop bad odors? The answer is scientific, so put your…

4 Great Reasons to Love Japanese 100 Yen Shops

During my first days as a foreigner here in Japan, my apartment’s caretaker was kind enough to accompany me shopping for essentials. One time, immediately after buying groceries, we headed to another establishment within the same building. The sign at the entrance was saying “100” with Japanese symbols I didn’t understand back then – it…

KAIYUKAN: Osaka’s Mega Aquarium

One easily discernible sight when boating around the Osaka Port is a huge trendy building that looks more like a toy made of Lego blocks. It may not seem like it, but that building at the Tempozan Harbor is in fact Japan’s second largest aquarium, the Osaka Aquarium – Kaiyukan. travelneu.com/ upload.wikimedia.org/ Built in 1990,…

6 Amazing Facts About Japan’s Trains and Railway Stations

Very recently, Japan made headlines worldwide for breaking world record speed, when its Maglev trains reached a maximum speed of around 600 kph during test runs. But speed is not the only thing that’s amazing about Japan’s trains. Below are a few more interesting (and sometimes surprising) facts about Japan’s trains and railway stations: A…

Are you familiar with Japanese Häagen-Dazs flavors?

Japanese people make traditional sweets with such great creativeness and attention to detail. Today, this creativity can be seen, not only in traditional Japanese confectionery but also through the Japanese versions of foreign treats. Much of the world already knows about the Japanese Kit-Kats, but perhaps only a few know about how Japan transformed Häagen…

Toire 101: A Guide to Japan’s Toilets

livedoor.blogimg.jp/ For most people outside of Japan, a visit to the restroom is quite simple: sit, “release,” wipe, and flush. But in Japan, toilets can be a bit of a challenge. Both the traditional squat type toilets and the ultra-modern water-squirting toilets are unlike what other parts of the world is used to. Here is…

A Window to the Future: MIRAIKAN

Is science and technology your thing? Do robots and gadgets of the future excite you? Then, Tokyo’s Miraikan is a perfect place for you! visualvoltage.se/ Miraikan (“未来館” meaning “future museum”) is the name commonly used to refer to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (日本科学未来館) in Odaiba, Tokyo. In its website, the museum…
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