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Do You Like Unusual Hotels? Check Out This One in Japan That Used to Be a School!

Japan has a long-time issue of a declining birthrate, which has brought about the closing of around four hundred to five hundred schools in Japan per year. Osori Elementary School on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture is one educational institution that was unfortunately closed. It was founded in 1892 and shut down in 1973…

Are You a Tall Person Visiting Japan? 5 Places Where You May Have Problems

I’m 192cm tall, otherwise known as somewhere in the realms of 6’ 3” to 6’ 4”. By Western standards, that makes me somewhat taller than average, but take a random selection of a hundred Japanese men and I’d be surprised if even one of them is my height or taller. That equates to the fact…

A New Traditional Japanese Starbucks is Opening in Kyoto

If there are special edition Japanese Starbucks menu items, there’s bound to be a special Starbucks store design that is traditionally Japanese as well right? Well, the plans are well on their way and a traditional Japanese Starbucks, Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tea House (京都二寧坂ヤサカ茶屋), will be opening on June 30, 2017. A Traditional-Style Starbucks Comes…

9 Intriguing and Spooky Japanese Superstitions You Might Not Know Of

Every country and culture have their own superstitions that they learn from birth or from growing up and are part of their identity. For example, in the UK, our superstitions include not stepping on the cracks and not walking under ladders or you’ll get bad luck. Japan has their own superstitions and beliefs, some of…

Visiting Kumamoto? Stay at This Lovely Japanese Hot Spring Hotel!

Ever feel like you want to stay somewhere with the luxury of a big, fancy hotel but with the quiet, understated charm of a ryokan? There are countless onsen hotels in Amakusa, with Shimoda boasting dozens to choose from. We stayed at the Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Garasha – a small Japanese style hotel with Western-influenced…

Not Sure What to Do in a Tatami Room? How to Sit on the Floor in Japan

Most people around the world are comfortably using chairs to sit down. This is a common custom for foreign people which the Japanese people have accepted wholeheartedly. However, if you’re in Japan, chairs are not always that important for daily use. There are many instances where the Japanese sit on the floor, which tends to…

The Art of Entering a Traditional Tatami Room: 4 Things You Should Know

Tatami is a type of mat flooring used in traditional Japanese houses. There are some basic manners which you must be aware of when entering a Traditional Japanese Tatami room. Here are 4 of the most important things to remember. 1. Do not step on the doorsill jp.fotolia.com/ Stepping on the doorsill is seen as…

Traditional Japanese Houses, Everything You Need To Know And More!

Everything in Japan seems interesting when we observe it and come to know the details. The traditional Japanese houses are really interesting in construction and look very beautiful. The construction and architecture of these houses surely provide an environment in which life is very much linked to the nature. There are a lot of peculiarities…

A Glimpse Inside a Japanese House

Ever wondered what a typical Japanese house looks like? Let’s look inside and see what makes it unique. Entrance Hall and Hallway kitasetsu.co.jp/ The entrance hall is called genkan in Japanese. On either side of the genkan is the shoe cabinet. Japanese people do not wear shoes inside the house, instead they use indoor slippers.…