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Tokyo Fashion on Instagram – Who to Follow

Tokyo is undoubtedly a fashionable city – whether it’s quirky and experimental street fashion, Harajuku fashion tribes, kimono fashion, or Japanese fashion designers that are world famous. Even beyond fashion influencers, it seems every uniform is well designed, casual clothes styled elegantly, even the armies of office workers looking smart in their black suits. Starting…

The Rainy Season’s Happy Guests: Creepy Insects

Japan’s rainy season can be very polarizing: some love the constant rainy days, while others hate not being able to recognize the rain from their sweat due to the high humidity. The rainy season starts during the second or third weeks of June and lasting roughly a month, though seasonal lags can sometimes see the…

Paying Etiquette In Japan

Perhaps there are no other countries in the world that are as full of social rules than Japan. If you have a certain general knowledge about Japan or if you have been to Japan before, I am sure that you know that people tend to line up on one side of escalators (typically on the…

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Tokyo Fashion on Instagram – Who to Follow

Tokyo is undoubtedly a fashionable city – whether it’s quirky and experimental street fashion, Harajuku fashion tribes, kimono fashion, or Japanese fashion designers that are world famous. Even beyond fashion influencers, it seems every uniform is well designed, casual clothes styled elegantly, even the armies of office workers looking smart in their black suits. Starting…
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Visual Kei’s Most Iconic Bands – The J-rock Sub-genre That Took Over the World

by Zoria Petkoska Before J-pop or K-pop were ever a thing, the world was going crazy for J-rock and its more glammed up sub-genre Visual Kei (the Japanese cousin in the Goth family). There have been past debates between particularly passionate fans over separating J-rock and Visual Kei completely, with outsiders mistakenly taking them for…

The Art of Drainspotting: What Is It?

When we travel, we are always looking straight ahead at the sights, shops, and people around us. But have you ever thought to take a look down at the ground? Don’t miss the unexpected works of art you can stumble upon in the form of unique Japanese manhole covers! Here is an introduction to three…

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Paying Etiquette In Japan

Perhaps there are no other countries in the world that are as full of social rules than Japan. If you have a certain general knowledge about Japan or if you have been to Japan before, I am sure that you know that people tend to line up on one side of escalators (typically on the…

Breaking News: The Tokyo Disney Resort is Reopening!

Great news, everyone! The Tokyo Disney Resort is finally reopening on July 1, 2020 after having been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even after Universal Studios Japan reopened its doors, the Tokyo Disney Resort was still assessing the situation to see if it would be prudent to reopen. However, until further notice…

6 Japanese Brands’ Cold Face Masks to Help You Survive Japanese Summer Heat

Summer in Japan is hot and humid. Due to global warming, the weather forecast predicts the heat and the humidity might be much more severe this summer, and they have been getting worse year by year. At the same time, we are still battling with the coronavirus, which means obligatory mask wearing. One problem though…

A Japanese Nightmare: How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mold

Here’s a not-so-fun thing about living in Japan: dealing with mold and mildew. To those who have lived in humid places, expecting such mold-related problems in Japan would be nothing short of normal. However, those who come from dry places can be in for a nasty surprise. Kabi View this post on Instagram A post…

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What Are Things Like At Japanese Amusement Parks After The State Of Emergency?

Now that the state of emergency has been lifted and that the Tokyo Disney Resort has finally reopened after having closed its doors for months, you may be wondering what the current situations with some of Japan’s most famous theme parks and museums is like: Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea View this post on Instagram A post shared…

Breaking News: Tokyo Reports Over 100 COVID-19 Cases (Updated)

It’s official, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has reported that the daily COVID-19 cases in Japanese capital surpassed 100 on July 2, 2020. The final number had been estimated to be about 105, later being confirmed to be 107. This is the first time since May 2, 2020 that numbers reached 100. by Martin Danker Tokyo…

Was The Earthquake That Hit Japan On June 25th Related To The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake?

On the morning of June 25, 2020, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan, including Tokyo. The earthquake took place at 4:47 a.m., waking people up due to the prolonged shaking. There was no risk of a tsunami. by Martin Danker Using the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JMA) seismic intensity scale, the earthquake was registered under 5…

No More Free Plastic Bags In Japan!

So far, most stores in Japan, including convenience stores, department stores, and grocery stores, provide customers with free plastic bags. However, there are inevitable problems caused by plastic bags, such as marine pollution, which was one of the main topics discussed over at the G20 summit in Osaka in 2019. From July 1, 2020, the…

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Paying Etiquette In Japan

Perhaps there are no other countries in the world that are as full of social rules than Japan. If you have a certain general knowledge about Japan or if you have been to Japan before, I am sure that you know that people tend to line up on one side of escalators (typically on the…

A Japanese Nightmare: How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mold

Here’s a not-so-fun thing about living in Japan: dealing with mold and mildew. To those who have lived in humid places, expecting such mold-related problems in Japan would be nothing short of normal. However, those who come from dry places can be in for a nasty surprise. Kabi View this post on Instagram A post…

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Japan’s Biggest Human Rights Issue

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

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Japan’s Biggest Human Rights Issue

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

24 Hotels in Ginza for a Great Shopping Experience this 2020

Ginza is known as the fashion capital of Tokyo and is a district filled with designer stores, beautiful streets, and popular restaurants. If you’re looking for the latest trends and an unbeatable choice of stores and styles, this is the place to be. Ginza is home to the famous Wako department store, the popular Kabukiza…

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Spending a Great Day in Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji

Without a doubt, Kyoto has become one of tourists’s favorite cities in Japan because of its intact and well preserved cultural heritage sites. The city contains numerous shrines and temples, and it’s surrounded by beautiful nature that turns into vibrant shades of red in autumn or delicate blooms of white and pink in spring. There…
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koe donuts – an Ethical Donut Shop in Kyoto Designed by Kengo Kuma

Donuts have become a staple in people’s lives as an easy to go-to dessert and meal in one. Due to the dessert’s popularity, there has been a flux of donut specialty shops flooding the streets of every major city worldwide. However, many of these are casual shops focused on convenience and the donut’s image as…

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Things to do in Furano, Hokkaido, in Winter

by Zoria Petkoska The lavender paradise that is Furano lasts all summer, but it’s not like this area is a one-hit-wonder. All of Hokkaido is stunning in winter, with snowy landscapes, cozy hot springs and scrumptious food that never disappoints. And Furano is no different. So here’s what can you do in Furano and the…