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Do You Know These 5 Important Animals in Japanese Culture and Their Symbolism?

Myths and legends are common things in Japan. From city origins to shrine deities, the country has rich stories for how things came about, where they are from, and what they mean for modern Japan. Animals are no exception. In fact, they are highly revered by the Japanese, to the point that they build shrines…

Things to Do When Visiting Nagoya: A Side Trip to Tokoname!

Nagoya is the fourth most populated city in Japan, and it is also a popular tourist place. It has attractions including Toyota Factory Tour, Nagoya Castle, Noritake Garden, the recently opened Legoland, and rich flavored food such as the amazing Miso sauce Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet). These are a few favorite things for tourists! Within the…

Check Out the 10 Best Gifts You Can Buy in Tokyo in 2018!

Finding and buying Omiyage (souvenirs in Japanese) is just one unmissable aspect of any trip to a new country. During your trip to Japan, you will notice there are a lot of shops where you can buy souvenirs. You may feel a little bit lost with all the choices on offer in those shops. Here…

On the Search for Love? Visit and Pray at These 2 Love Shrines in Tokyo

Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a beautiful love life. Some people have a hard time finding their perfect match, while others are having troubles conceiving. These are a few of the reasons why many couples and young girls pray for luck in love. In Japan, some even visit shrines that they believe can answer…

All You Need to Know About Maneki-Nekos, Japan’s Lucky Cats

In Japan, there are many things considered to be auspicious or bodes well of which one of the most common and popular ones would have to be the maneki-neko (招き猫) which literally means “beckoning cat.” The maneki-neko features a standing cat with one of its front legs raised like a hand which looks like it…

Learn All About the “Lucky Cat” Maneki-Neko!

It looks like these cats called maneki-neko are rallying up against something with their paws up seemingly urging everyone to make a change. But, these cats of different sizes and colors are believed to bring luck and fortune – probably one of the reasons why they are a common sight in the entrance of a…