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A Discovery Off the Beaten Path: Wazuka, Japan’s Most Beautiful Tea Town

There are many tea farms in Japan; Shizuoka and Hamamatsu in Kanto, Chiran in Kyushu, and Uji in Kyoto. While the clear weather in Shizuoka sometimes offers spectacular views of Fuji with tea fields, charming Wazuka in Kyoto prefecture has many breathtaking spots on its own. Author’s photo Wazuka and Tea Author’s photo Most of…

Omiai: The Culture of Arranged Marriage in Japan

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

A Tokyo Ghost Story: The Angry Spirit of Taira no Masakado

Tokyo is one of the most densely populated areas in the world: more than 6000 people live in 1 square kilometer in this metropole. This also means that space is scarce, and especially in popular downtown districts every square meter is utilized to the maximum. This makes it all the more surprising to find a…

Going to Nagoya? Don’t Miss Nagashima Spaland!

Nagoya is normally not a destination that is on your must-see list when you are only coming to Japan for a short time. Unless of course you are a big fan of Toyota, and don’t want to miss the opportunity to get a free tour of the Toyota factory just outside of Nagoya. centrair.jp/ If…

Herbivores: the Men in Japan Who Don’t Want a Girlfriend

In large parts of the world, men are seen as the go-getters when it comes to relationships. When you ask around, it often turns out that the guy in the relationship was the first one to make a move, or at least he was very receptive when his other half hit on him. Also, when…

Japan’s Strangest Cafes for the Lonely and Curious

In these modern times, it’s easy to start to feel disconnected from other people due to the stresses of life in the 21st century. The internet and social media are not helping people to have actual face to face interaction with others, and physical contact is hard to come by for some. aliexpress.com/ Japan is…