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Welcome 2018 With These 3 Chinese New Year Events in Yokohama!

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and is a great place to visit from Tokyo. It is home to the beautiful Yokohama Bay, an exciting theme park with a variety of attractions, and Japan’s famous Chinatown. Chinatown in Yokohama has a long history and is an exciting place to visit for fantastic snack…

3 Health-Boosting Items You Can Buy at a Japanese Convenience Store

Keeping on top of your health while in Japan can be tricky, especially with all the delicious snacks that are on offer. People may claim that you are sure to lose weight while you are in Japan, and although the typical Japanese diet does include rice, fish, and vegetables, there are also many unhealthy foods…

Book Cafe and Gallery in One? Unwind at This Trendy Place in Kochi!

When I first moved to Kochi City in Shikoku, I thought it would be difficult to find good cafes. As someone who had spent a good portion of the past six years writing essays in coffee shops, this seemed like it would be at least a minor obstacle in my adjustment to life in Japan.…

Enjoy a MidーYear Cleanse at the Wanukesama Festival in Kochi, Japan

All cultures have rituals and festivals intended to ward off bad luck or purify the participants of any bad mojo they might be carrying around. At the end of June each year, the Tosa Shrine in Kochi City (Shikoku island) holds its annual Wanukesama Festival for exactly these purposes. What happens during this Shinto festival?…

Summer is Here! Why Not Chill Out With Kochi Ice’s Delicious “Ice Crin”?

Summer is a great time to visit Kochi Prefecture. With plenty of outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, swimming, rafting), festivals that feature spectacular fireworks, delicious food, and local culture nearly every weekend – including the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival in August – along with the beautiful scenery, it’s easy to keep yourself busy. Want to know…

Visit Kochi’s Obiyamachi Shopping Arcade for a Spot of Fun-Filled Retail Therapy!

Those who have been lucky enough to travel to Japan may already be familiar with the countless covered shopping arcades that are spread throughout the country. Teramachi and Shinkogyoku are two large shopping arcades in Kyoto and there are several in central Tokyo as well. However, Shikoku’s Kochi City has one too – Obiyamachi. Though…

Who Knew Japan Loved Fried Food This Much?

I’m a new writer to this site, but after living in Japan for 4 and a half years, I thought I’d like to share my experiences through the eyes of a third generation nikkei (Japanese descent but born and raised in the western world). I was born and virtually lived my whole life in Canada.…
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