By Staci-Anne

Hodai: A Japanese Term Useful for All Food Lovers, Boozers and Movie Junkies!

I didn’t speak any Japanese when I first came to Japan, but I quickly understood the terms tabehodai and nomihodai. Tabemasu means to eat and nomimasu means to drink, and hodai means all you can. When you put those words together, tabehodai means all you can eat, and nomihodai means all you can drink. Knowing…

Experience the Beauty of Ancient Japan at Gassho Mura!

Hidden away in the mountains of Gero lies the small village called Gassho Mura which is made up of a series of thatched houses built using a Gassho Zukari style. The Gassho Zukari style houses have huge slanted rooftops and can also be found in the more famous Shirakawago. Gassho Mura preserves a part of…

How to Update your Manaca Commuter Pass in 8 Easy Steps!

The manaca is a great little passcard for travel in and around the city. It’s available at a reasonable price and so very convenient to travel from one train line to the next. Although there are many benefits of manaca cards, renewing it can be a bit troublesome. nic-nagoya.or.jp/ I used to always wait in…

Relax and Enjoy Nature at Beautiful Bosenkan Ryokan, Gifu

Gero city is Gifu prefecture is a peaceful place and is home to some of Japan’s most beautiful onsens. It is easily accessible from cities like Nagoya, and Fukui. Yukatas Author’s photo Finding a ryokan can be difficult, but something about Bosenkan caught my eye. Upon arrival at Gero station the shuttle service will be…

Gero, Gifu: Majestic Land of Hot Springs and Frogs

Gero is a city almost in the middle of Gifu prefecture. It seems to be a majestic place and is the one of three well known hot spring areas in Japan. yunoshimakan.co.jp/ Unlike a lot of the main cities, Gero has wide open spaces filled with striking views of tall green mountains and blue skies…

Declutter and Organize your House with the KonMari Craze!

There seems to be a way or a method for making life easier these days. I’m sure you have seen it before in articles with headings like “Life Hacks”. Well, Marie Kondo has gone a bit further than most making a successful career out of a decluttering method coined “Konmari”. Konmari comes from her name,…

The Intriguing Sarubobo Dolls of Gifu and Their Meanings

Have you ever seen these dolls during your travels in Japan? I’m sure that you have come across these faceless dolls at some point. These are sarubobo dolls. Sarubobo dolls are faceless human like figures that are mainly red but come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Where can you find them? jp.fotolia.com/…

Bottoms Up! All You Need to Know About Drinking in Japan

Drinking and society jp.fotolia.com/ The love affair with alcohol has long been the cornerstone of Japanese society. Japan has a fondness for drinking, any time, any day, any hour and the drink of choice, for the most part is beer. It’s been said that the ancient people of Japan excessively drank, sang, and danced at…

The Unexpected Side of Peaceful Japan: Taking it to the Streets!

You don’t have to be here very long to know that the land of the rising sun is peaceful. It’s rare to see people arguing, or causing a scene in public. Japanese people will usually comply even if they don’t wholeheartedly want to, in order to keep the peace. Author’s photo Lately, there has been…

Want to test your patience? Join the Line!

Waiting in line seems to be a big part of life in Japan. You must have noticed the lines and lines of people patiently waiting almost everywhere you go. It is common to wait in a line for 3-4 hours, maybe longer, in bigger cities like Tokyo, the wait is sometimes 5 hours or more…
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