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Are There LGBT Families in Japan? What Is Their Situation Like?

Japan is a country of advancement, and in many aspects, it seems to be one step ahead of everybody else. However, there is one area in which this country is lagging behind. And that area consists of issues relating to LGBT. It was not until recent years that Japan’s outlook on the LGBT community started…

Enjoy a Hogwarts-Inspired Stay in Japan at the Expected Inn!

For the first time in 45 years, the number of travelers in Japan has surpassed the expected outbound figure. It seems like the number of visitors in the country is going to increase even more in the near future. With this in mind, Reqrea Inc., a company in Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県) recently opened an old…

27 Recommended Hotels and Ryokan in Osaka for the Perfect Trip in 2017

Welcome to the largest city in the west of Japan: Osaka (大阪). There is a unique charm to Osaka that finds visitors falling in love with the metropolis as soon as they set foot in it. This is most certainly in part thanks to its distinctly friendly, outgoing locals, the hip vibes omitted from the…

Feeling Shy? Here Are 3 Ways to Enjoy a Traditional Onsen in Private

Experiencing a traditional onsen (温泉) in Japan has always posed a problem for me. It’s not the hot water nor the price that worries me, but the obligation to get completely naked before jumping in. That handkerchief-sized, piece of cloth handed to you before entering? That’s intended for a little forehead dab while bathing, not…

How Are Japanese Children Prepared for Independence?

Japanese children are unlike any other children in the world. They are taught to be independent at a young age that it becomes a common sight to see kids as young as 7 years old riding the train alone. Though parents are quite apprehensive at first, they put their fears aside as there are so…

Why Are Many Women in Japan Stay-At-Home Wives? Here Are 6 Reasons

Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master’s degree, I was quite surprised to find out that…

Relax With Your Whole Family at This Hot Springs Hotel in Gunma

Matsumotoro is a popular hotel located on the slopes of Mt. Haruna in Gunma. Its close proximity to a stratovolcano made it a great place to put up open-air baths which are widely enjoyed by people. travel.rakuten.co.jp/ About the Hotel japantraveleronline.com/ Hotel Matsumotoro is well known for its hot springs coming from two sources: Kogane…

Child Welfare System Revamp: Increasing Foster Care in Japan

The work system in the Japanese society is busier compared to other countries. Most people have a strong sense of pride in what they do. Regardless of the task assigned to them, they do the best they can. This gives some parents less time to take care of their children which means assigning foster parents…

What You Need to Know About “Oyako Day” (Parent-And-Child Day)

Foodies who love Japanese cuisine will definitely have heard of the “oyako don” (chicken and egg rice bowl) before. As can be deduced from its ingredients – chicken and eggs – “oyako” is a Japanese phrase that literally means “parent and child,” hence the name for this dish. But have you come across the term…
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