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Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

Craving Craft Beer in Kagoshima? Check Out These 2 Fantastic Bars!

Kagoshima is a delightful and friendly city in the south of Kyushu that is famous for its iconic active volcano, Sakurajima. It is also well known as a producer of Japanese shochu, and there are numerous stores stocked with beautifully decorated bottles of this traditional spirit. However, for those who prefer a cold glass of…

Dining Out in Japan? Here Are 11 Useful Things That You Should Know

Today, I am going to introduce you to 11 useful things that you should know when it comes to having a meal in Japan or having a meal with your Japanese friends. From the moment you set foot in a restaurant until you leave, this article has got you covered! 1. Food sample sugoroku.osaka/ I…

Important! Table Manners you need to know when visiting Japan

Sushi, Sashimi and many kinds of Ramen are among tourists’ favorite foods when visiting Japan. However, before we eat all those delicious dishes, we’d better know some table manners in Japan! 1. Chopsticks jp.fotolia.com/ In Japan, chopsticks are used to eat most kinds of Japanese foods. That is why, we need to know some basic…