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Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

5 Great Things to Do in The Stunning City of Nanjo, Okinawa in 2018!

Unlike the rest of Japan, Okinawa has different seasonal temperatures, with winter being blissfully cool on bright sunny days. Its weather makes it ideal to visit the island all year round. But why not avoid the more touristy spots and get down to a hidden gem of an area not too far from Naha Airport?…

Check Out These 8 Local Cuisines to Try In Tohoku!

Tohoku is a vast area located in the north of Japan, right below Hokkaido. It is surrounded by mountains and sea areas, which is why it is known for its amazingly fresh and beautiful cuisine. If you are planning to visit the area of Tohoku, you will be impressed by the fresh ingredients, the variety…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

2 Japanese Companies That You’d Never Expect to Produce Skincare Products!

Japanese people are well known for their fair and near-perfect skin. This is mostly attributed to the Japanese dietary habits and quality skincare products. Tourists in particular love to flock to drug stores in Japan just to buy Japanese cosmetics and skincare products. Nowadays, more and more skincare products from Japan are making their name…

How Many of These 5 Strange Fruits Found in Japan Are You Familiar With?

Japan is well known for its weird and quirky stuff, and its fruits are no exception. Many of you have probably already heard of square watermelons among others, but there are many other strange and interesting Japanese fruits. Here are five of them! 1. Akebi jp.fotolia.com/ In 2017, netizens were exposed to this purple-colored fruit…

Discover the Supernatural World of Yokai at This Town in Tottori Prefecture!

When speaking about yokai, a class of supernatural monsters within Japanese folklore, one cannot help but be reminded of the late Mizuki Shigeru, the manga, author and historian who is known for his yokai related work. His passion for the world of yokai had led him to create manga and books about yokai, among which…

Get to Know Another Side of Japan by Watching These 2 Hollywood Movies

Japan is undeniably one of the most well-known countries in Asia. Oftentimes, Japan and its culture are depicted in pop culture and fictional works, including Hollywood films. While most Hollywood movies use Japan as a decorative element in their plot, some of them actually place Japan in the core of the story. Let’s take a…
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