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Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…

Onitsuka Tiger: Japan’s Legendary Footwear

The prevalence of shoe companies in Japan is visible. One of these outstanding companies is called Onitsuka Tiger. It started with the founder’s hope of raising post-war youth’s self-esteem through sports. He believed they needed a healthier and more positive lifestyle with a new sense of community, optimism and awareness. How the Company Started View…

Join These 2 Interesting Spring Events in Kyoto and Nara This April 2019!

Spring has already started in Japan. It is probably one of the well-loved seasons in the country for most areas are not only blanketed by pink flowers but there are also many traditional celebrations. These events are pretty exciting and lively with fun performances, sakura-flavored snacks, and enjoyable booths. If you happen to be in…

From Cute to Scary: 3 Common Animals in Japanese Wildlife

Japan, as a country, is not only made of big crowded cities but is also a home to abundant nature covered with mountains and trees. As these places are not a favorable environment for living, most people live on coastal plains. Most of these places are left untouched by humans making it a suitable place…

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How to Find Cheap Apartments… Where the Dead Roam!

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…
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Ganbare at Undoukai: A peek at a Sports Day Festival in Japanese Schools

In kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan, Sports Festival or Undokai(運動会) in Japanese, is usually held on Saturdays or Sundays in spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October). Students and teachers do a lot of preparation for this school-based community-wide event and spend several weeks practicing to make it a successful and fun day…

Japanese Fashion: 2019 Spring’s Men Fashion Trends in Japan- Outfits and Inspiration!

Many people think that the way Japanese men dress is full of personality and style, and that they really understand the philosophy of dressing well. From hairstyling and accessorizing, to mixing and matching colors, they seem to have good fashion sense. Japanese men’s great taste in fashion can even be compared with Japanese women’s. When…

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How to Find Cheap Apartments… Where the Dead Roam!

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…
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Is it actually hard to find a job in Japan?

Before first coming to Japan with my brand new Working Holiday Visa, I was told it was pretty difficult for a “gaijin” (aka foreigner) to find a job without speaking some decent Japanese. A lot of people, including my closest relatives, tried way too hard to engrave in my brain this incoherent information (and it…

NEWS

This Fungus Will Kill You in 90 Days … And It’s in Japan!

A silent killer has been spreading all over the world over the past decade. The killer is known as Candida auris, and in recent days many news outlets reported on its risks and what was happening. After reading the news articles, many might have spotted that the bacteria was first identified in Japan, making some…

Why Are Grandpas and Grandmas Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

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How to Find Cheap Apartments… Where the Dead Roam!

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

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Places and other Beautiful Flowers that Bloom in Japan During Spring

Sakura is the most famous seasonal flower in Japan. It is the symbol of spring. People from all over Japan look forward to this season, when they can unfold their picnic mats and gather over a neatly-packed bento with cans of beer while viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. It is the most awaited season after…

Gain an Insider’s View of Yakushima through Volunteering in Japan

Yakul dashing through a lush ancient forest with Ashitaka on his back. Kodamas watch surreptitiously from mossy rocks as Moro approaches, with San, the Princess Mononoke, riding tall and ready to protect her forest. These images came easily to mind as my ferry, Yaku 2, pulled into Port Miyanoura one misty morning. I’d been dreaming…

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39 Unique Souvenirs and Gifts to Buy In Tokyo!

Tokyo is a world-famous city. It is visited by over 20 million foreign visitors per year (as of 2017) and will be entering the world stage even more as the host of the Olympics in 2020. This world-class city is on the bucket lists of many foreign travelers and tourists. It is particularly known for…

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3 Culinary Delights from Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…

The 2019 Guide to Kyoto : 43 Souvenirs that Boast Tradition and Modernity

Kyoto is an amazing city, popular for its historic sights, friendly locals, and wonderful natural scenery. It is one of the most historically significant areas in the world and has been carefully preserved to give an insight into the history of Japan. It has around 20% of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attracts visitors…

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Love the unique and quirky? Check out these 3 unusual hot springs in Japan!

When in Japan, many people will seek relaxation and relief at the numerous onsens located nationwide especially after a long day of traveling and sightseeing. However, have you become bored with the “norm” where the hot springs either look similar or boast of almost identical health effects? If you are the type who wants to…
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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition to Visit in Osaka

With the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, the series experienced a “rebirth”. A new manga serialization and anime series were announced, and many merchandise were released, such as figures, ichiban kuji and even café collaborations. It seems like Cardcaptor Sakura is everywhere again these days. And it’s not even surprising why Cardcaptor Sakura is still…