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How to Find a Gym and Keep Fit in Japan

I’m originally from the United States, and I’ve been living in Japan for three years. Everyone in my family is athletic, so we’ve had an intimate relationship with sports, exercise and health all our lives. Since my father taught me how to lift weights when I was 15, it’s been a regular part of my…

Sashimi: The Kinds You Don’t Hear About Outside of Japan

When you think of sashimi, you probably picture neatly-sliced, bite-sized pieces of deep-red raw tuna, pink salmon, or even white sea bream. These are indeed among the most popular types of raw food served in Japan, and in the Japanese restaurants all over the world. But there are dozens of other delicious foods served raw…

Going to a Movie Theater in Japan

Have you wanted to see a movie in Japan, but were not sure if you might run into some problems? Maybe the ticketing process is different or the movie will be dubbed in Japanese or the theatre etiquette will be different. Read on to find out what an experience in a Japanese movie theater is…

Summertime in Japan is good for Outdoor Dining!

It’s summertime in Japan! Of the many things to look forward to is outdoor dining. Because the seasons are very strictly observed in this country, you will find that outdoor dining is difficult to come by, even during the warmer spring days. Most restaurants won’t open their rooftops and patios to their customers until May.…

Fukuoka: City on the Water

Location Last August, I had the pleasure of traveling to Fukuoka with some friends. Although not as well-known worldwide as Osaka, Kyoto or Tokyo, this prefecture in the region of southwestern Japan called Kyushu, is easily one of the most enchanting in the country. drscdn.500px.org/ As you travel southwest on Japan’s main island of Honshu,…

Unagi: The Legacy of Freshwater Eel in Japan

Japanese cuisine is world-famous for its balance of flavor and presentation. Japanese eel has a tradition all its own, being a treasured favorite for centuries. It is such a special dish that you will find restaurants specializing in unagi cuisine all over Japan, known as unagi-ya. People frequent these establishments almost exclusively to enjoy unagi…

Traveling Beer Lovers Cool Down this Summer with a Fresh Japanese Beer!

Firstly, Japanese people love beer as much as any other country around the world, and many people are familiar with the standard Japanese beers like Sapporo, Asahi, and Kirin. However, Yebisu is another brand you may not have heard of outside of Japan; it’s also one that is adored by the locals and is available…

Wa-Shoku: The Refined Traditional Japanese Cuisine

The art of Japanese cuisine is famous worldwide for its philosophy of balance and visual presentation. There are many places around Japan where you can experience it, but the height of Japanese cuisine is best enjoyed at a traditional-style restaurant called a ryou-tei (料亭). These restaurants most often are hosted by women donning beautiful kimono,…

Grabbing some fun waves on the Japanese coast

Japan allows relatively easy access to miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean on its east side, and the Sea of Japan on its west. The coastline is riddled with bays and inlets of all shapes, so exposure is the key to finding the right waves here. As in many other surf destinations in the…
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