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How Much Do You Know About This Popular Japanese Drink?

It is no secret that the Japanese love to drink. With a strong economy and a recent history of importing and exporting to other countries, as well as having brews of its own, Japan has been able to provide its people different varieties of delicious and exciting drinks. Beer, nihonshu (rice wine), umeshu (plum wine),…

4 Hidden Treasures in the Trendy Tokyo Neighborhood of Jiyugaoka

Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, attracts millions of tourists a year. This massive metropolitan area is home to famous landmarks such as Senso-ji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in the country, Akihabara, the otaku mecca of manga, anime, and video games, and Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing that sees thousands of crossers per minute. These are just…

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Clothes in Japan

Shopping is a great experience, especially when you are in a new country with lots of spare money! Japan’s large cities are gold mines for those looking for retail therapy, and with endless shops, malls, and department stores, shoppers will never get bored! However, shopping in Japan isn’t always the same as shopping at home…

How Many of These 5 Popular Dog Breeds in Japan Have You Seen?

Japan is the land of “kawaii” (cute) things. From clothing to accessories to stationery to even food, “cute” culture is often incorporated to make many quite ordinary items look adorable! Cute animals are also very popular in Japan and there are even TV shows and social media dedicated to hamsters, rabbits, kittens, puppies, and other…

7 Things to Remember When Trying Karaoke in Japan

Karaoke is a great way to pass the time while you’re in Japan. You can find karaoke bars almost anywhere, even in small towns, and they are an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy an evening or a rainy day. However, there is a little more to it than just going in, choosing your song,…

4 Great Restaurants Near Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture

Nagano is a northern prefecture in Japan that is often visited by people in winter for its many snowboarding and ski resorts. It is a prefecture of gorgeous natural beauty, with mountains that boast lovely views in autumn, and soba noodles are especially delicious and fresh-tasting here. Lake Suwa, locally called “Suwako,” is located near…

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan With These 3 Gorgeous Fireworks Festivals

Summer is the season of festivals in Japan. This hot and humid season brings floating shrines, street food, shaved ice, and yukatas. Summer is also the time for spectacular fireworks displays, and festivals crop up all over the country showcasing big, beautiful performances. This season in Japan isn’t complete without enjoying a fireworks show while…

Celebrate the Coming of Summer With These 2 Flower Festivals in Tokyo This 2018

Summer is the season of fireworks, air conditioners, and shaved ice. With the hot, humid, and heavy rainy season comes some of Japan’s best festivals often involving fire or floating shrines. Along with the downpour and the crazy celebrations comes some amazing flowers. Cherry blossom season has already come and gone, but you will be…

How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

Going to Japan’s Ishigaki Island? Consider Staying at This Gorgeous Hotel!

Ishigaki is one of the islands of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture and what many call a tropical paradise. It is packed with great things to do and many people from mainland cities flock here during their holidays to throw off the stress of the city and relax in the sun for a few days. Many…
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