By Ioana Popa

4 of the Most Impressive 2016-2017 Winter Illuminations in Japan

Winter is already here and the best way to celebrate it is, of course, to decorate all the city streets with colorful bright lights to express the joy of the season. While all countries do their best to impress their citizens with the blindingly bright decorations, there is something about the holiday season in Japan…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…

Did You Miss New Year in Japan? A Guide to Spending Your Next New Year in Nara

2016 is already here, and yet it’s never too late to take a look at the Japanese way of spending the night between years, and the first day of the new year. And what better place to explore the oshougatsu (お正月) practices, than the old capital, Nara. If you’re looking to spend the New Year…

9 Locations in Toyama So Beautiful You Won’t Believe They Exist on Earth

Hokuriku. The North-East of Japan, facing the Japanese Alps on the West and the Japan Sea on the East. A place where the famous nature of contrasts of the island comes alive. A place where you would endure a Siberian cold during the winter, but also enjoy the sun and the waves during summer on…

5 Strangest Japanese Cafes and Bars You Never Knew Existed

If you thought cafes are only for drinking coffee, here is something to get you thinking… I’ve always thought that if there is any place where weird inventions come to life in this world, it most certainly is Japan. As I mentioned in my previous article, marketers in Japan seem to never run out of…

6 Strange Japanese Food Trends to Tickle your Fancy

No matter how long you live in Japan, there will still be a lot of things to surprise you every day. Maybe it’s the innovative and restless nature of the Japanese to always come up with something new, something extravagant, something nobody ever thought of. Or if they did, they were too scared to try…

5 Effective Ways to Help you Learn Japanese!

Whether you started on a whim, or it was your life dream, learning Japanese, as enthralling and challenging as it might seem, is never a light task to achieve. The three writing systems, the huge amount of characters you have to memorize, the different levels of speech politeness, the douon igigo 同音異義語 or homophones, make…

Are you ready to work in Japan? All about Job Hunting

Let’s face it, if you are reading this, you probably once considered applying for a job in Japan. Or at least thought about how it would be to do so. Working in Japan… Something like a lifetime dream for some, a challenge or dreadful experience for some. The Europe based Japanese learners have probably heard…

Top 5 Mystical Misconceptions about Japan

Oh my God, are you going to Japan? The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha are my favorite movies! Just don’t get too involved with some manga looking Japanese hottie, ok? Oh and take care with what you eat, I heard radiation poisoning is huge over there, ok?? Ever been told anything like this?…

3 Amazing Sea Resorts in South-Western Japan

Summer is upon us and so is the need to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities and rush to the sea. As an island country, Japan has thousands of amazing sea resorts and a lifetime will probably not be enough to visit them all. Here is my top 5. If you happen…
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