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How to Dress for a Wedding in Japan (Girl Version)

During your stay in Japan, you might be lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s wedding. Besides your obvious joy for the couple, you might become anxious as to what to wear! Generally, weddings are considered formal events in Japan (although it is now trendy to hold weddings with a more casual atmosphere). Because…

Overworked? Japanese Holidays to the rescue!

Japanese people have a reputation for working very long hours with only a few paid holidays. However, what most people tend to overlook is that Japan has relatively generous national holidays mandated by the government, which allow most of the Japanese workforce to take well-deserved breaks throughout the year. In Japan, there are 15 national…

Watch the World’s Saddest Anime of all Time: Grave of the Fireflies

Anime is often thought as trivial, childish fare by the outsider, but anyone who has actually watched some good anime films will know that the best anime are more realistic, more complex and have more adult-like themes than the vast majority of mediocre real-life fares. And one of the most humane of them all happens…

Japanese Church Weddings: Christian Only for a Moment

What do you think when you think of a Japanese wedding? Perhaps the bride’s white wedding kimonos and the red paper umbrellas and the wooden temples come to mind. However, the reality is that traditional Japanese weddings are expensive, and prohibitively so for many young couples struggling to start their new lives together. So instead…

2 Most Popular Popsicle Brands in Japan: Weird or Wonderful?

It comes without saying that ice cream sales go through the roof during the Japanese summer, as people try to survive the heat during the brutal July to September season. In sweltering heat, people in Japan tend to prefer ice cream that is more “ice” than “cream”: i.e hello refreshing popsicles and bye-bye thick milky…

3 Japanese Foods that Mean Summer Is Here!

With the almost unbearable heat that is the Japanese summer, how do common folks survive when outside in the sun? Taking our mind off with some beautiful summer food is one way people get through the summer. Here are some common dishes people crave during the summer in Japan: Kakigori shaved ice howcollect.jp/ Kakigori, or…

2 Main Types Of Japanese Summer Festivals

Summers are hot and muggy in Japan, but what make suffering through the terrible weather are the summer festivals, or natsu matsuri. Summer Festivals asobii.net/ The earliest summer festivals were developed as praying rituals for the harvest god. As a traditionally agriculture-based society, the typical household’s economic fortunes for the year were very dependent on…

Zen Experience: Live like a monk for a few days!

If it has been your 4th or 5th trip to Japan, business hotels get too clinical and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) get too common. What is a seasoned traveller to do? One option that is getting popular is temple lodging, or shukubo, where you get to experience zen living for your stay in Japan. Mount…

Airbnb in Japan: is it a good way to travel?

Airbnb is one of those superstar startups that have disrupted the once-formidable global hotel industry. Its viability in Japan was once questioned, given country stereotypes about how Japanese people are extremely protective of their own home ground and would not easily admit strangers into their homes. But surprisingly, Airbnb has taken off in Japan, with…

Fumiko Motoya: Nontypical Model for a Smart Marketing Strategy!

The APA hotel chain is a ubiquitous business hotel chain in Japan. They are present in most of the major cities in Japan, with 47 hotels in the Kanto area alone. APA stands for Always Pleasant Amenities. It does sort of living up to its name if what you are seeking is no-frills nice amenities…
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