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East Asian Mythology: SHISA of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands. In the center of this volcanic island chain is where Okinawa, the biggest of the Ryukyu Islands, can be located. It…
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What can you do with all the leftover change before leaving Japan?

After spending some time in Japan, one would undoubtedly encounter the problem of ‘left-over change’. We tend to not use the change we get after we go shopping or traveling, and that gets usually piled up with time. Finally, when we decide to say adieu to Japan, we are left with pockets full of change…

What to Buy in Tokushima in 2018: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

Watch Out for the New Sake Kit Kat Coming in Japan This September 2018!

Discover the essence of Japan’s highest quality plum. Have a taste of the new Ume Sake Kit Kat! Sake Kit Kat In 2016, Nestlé first introduced Sake Kit Kat – a white chocolate Kit Kat that came in a unique bottle-shaped packaging embodying the “isshobin” or the traditional sake bottles. Then, in 2017, the Masuizumi…

There Is More to Tokyo Than You Think! Explore This Underrated Area of the City!

When planning a trip to Tokyo, most travelers automatically include the popular districts of the city in their itineraries. Places such as Shibuya, well known for Shibuya Crossing; the huge neighborhood of Shinjuku, notorious for its red-light district; Ginza, known for its high-end boutiques; and Akihabara with its innumerable maid cafes and otaku shops, are…

What to Buy in Fukushima in 2018: 10 Local Sweets Perfect for Souvenirs

Fukushima Prefecture has a lot of popular food souvenirs such as cake, manju, pie, etc. Here are 10 delicious treats that you should buy and bring back home when you visit Fukushima! 1. mamador (ままどおる) mamador is a mini cake that is a classic souvenir from Fukushima. It tastes like milk and butter and has…

Got a Sweet Tooth? Here Are 10 Must-Visit Sweets Shops in Obihiro, Hokkaido!

Obihiro City is located in the south center of Hokkaido, Japan. Since the city has an easy access to fresh agricultural products, there are a lot of popular must-try foods in the area, including sweets and desserts. In this article are 10 famous shops where you can buy delicious sweets in Obihiro. Check them out!…

Kit Kat Has Done It Again! Taste the New Limited Onsen Manju Kit Kat in Japan!

Take a break after bathing and relaxing in a Japanese hot spring or onsen. Indulge in this newest limited Kit Kat flavor! Japanese Onsen jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese hot springs, also known as onsen, are among the most popular places to experience traditional Japan. Bathing in an onsen is closely tied to religion and healing. It is…

How Can You Spend a Gorgeous Day Out Off the Beaten Path Near Tokyo?

Kanagawa Prefecture is next to Tokyo and is easily reachable from the city by train or bus. The prefecture is mostly known for tourist spots such as Yokohama and Kamakura. While these places are indeed great, there is much more to Kanagawa. I visited an area called “Shonan” for the first time, and I did…

What to Buy in Mie in 2018: 10 Souvenirs From the Sacred Land of Japan

Mie Prefecture was propelled to prominence on the global stage when it hosted the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima in May of 2016. And why would the G7 leaders not want to gather in Mie? Aside from being home to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Mie Prefecture is also a delightful place where you…
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