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What is Hinamatsuri? On the 3rd of every March, in the best room of a Japanese house, you will find a set of dolls displayed on a tier made up of different platforms in one area. These are no ordinary dolls. They have a very special meaning in Japan, playing...

There are so many places to visit and explore in Japan. If you visit shrines and temples, you may have seen some small brocade bags with amulets inside. They are known as good luck charms or "omamori" in Japanese. Omamori is the honorific form of the word "mamori", which...

Shrines have long been considered sacred places in Japan where Gods are worshipped. Hence, it is crucial to follow a set of rules once you are inside a shrine's premises. One important indicator of a shrine is the Torii Gate. It is a wooden gate, without a door, often...

The fourth largest city in Japan is Sapporo. It is the birthplace of some popular Japanese dishes such as miso ramen. Another unique dish is the jingisukan, also known as "Genghis Khan." This is a barbecued lamb dish which was a popular dish among Mongolian soldiers in the past....

Eating is the funnest part of traveling. However, each country has a set of rules to abide by when it comes to table manners. Following them is very significant as a sign of honoring the food served to diners. Japan's table manners are as unique as they come. In...

Customs and traditions vary with time and place. It indicates how people do things as a group. It is an indication of oneness and unity. There are certain rules acceptable in your country but not in Japan. Take heed of these things during your stay in the country. Talking Too...

Most people travel for the sheer fun of it, not knowing the difficulties they may encounter brought about by miscommunication from language barriers. When you venture out beyond the comfort zone of your own country for a long time, you have to get to know the local people, read...

Buffet-style restaurants have been a popular choice for many people around the world. There are so many buffet style restaurants: cafeterias, dim sum houses, all-you-can-eat restaurants, salad bars, open buffets and many more! But have you ever considered having a dessert buffet in Tokyo? yukimeshi.exblog.jp/ It is one of the...

Hokkaido is popularly known all over Japan not only for its cold climate but for unspoiled nature as well. It is considered to be Japan's second largest island. It attracts many tourists because of its outdoor activities. Here are two of Hokkaido's most recommended places to visit which offer...

"Koi" is the word for carp in Japanese. It is a group of fish which is commonly bred for decorative purposes. It includes two kinds of fish, the darker grey color and the brightly-colored one. japanesekoisales.com/ The latter is more popular than the former and is also known as the...

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