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Tokyo Disneyland’s New Attractions – Details and New Photos

Tokyo Disneyland’s new areas and attractions will open on September 28, and people cannot hold their excitement. People in Japan had been patiently waiting for the expansion since it was first announced. While the Oriental Land Company, which owns the Tokyo Disney Resort, announced three specific new additions to the park, the Beauty and the…

What’s Omiai? – Japan’s Take On Arranged Marriages

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

Kanpai! – 7 Tips and Rules When Drinking in Japan

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…

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What’s Omiai? – Japan’s Take On Arranged Marriages

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

3 Important Things to Know Before Adopting a Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu gained popularity around the world due to the story of the loyal dog, Hachiko, whose statue has become one of the most important meeting points in Shibuya among both locals and foreigners. However, Hachiko was actually an Akita breed, but the Shiba Inu also gained popularity from that story because both the…

Learn All About the ”Legendary Toilet Ninja”: Ukifune Jinnai!

Let’s face it: ninjas are totally awesome! Japanese history is replete of the epic exploits of legendary ninjas throughout the ages. Names like Hattori Hanzo, Goemon, and other famous ninjas are well known throughout the world. But there is one ninja who might be more awesome than any other for sheer audacity, cunning, and smell……

Top 5 Japanese Microaggressions

Microaggressions, that word alone can stir a mixture of emotions that can widely differ depending on the individual. Its polarizing nature is deeply linked with the perceptions people have on microaggressions: some believe they are very damaging, while others do not think they are acts of aggression at all and gag when hearing the term.…

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Kanpai! – 7 Tips and Rules When Drinking in Japan

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…

The 24 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo

Japan has never been the best country in terms of restaurants providing vegan and vegetarian options. However, things have slowly started to change. Whether due to health or sustainability issues, vegan food has been getting more attention these days. The rise of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo is surely a welcoming sight to many…

The 5 Most Common Part-Time Jobs for Foreigners

When people think of moving to Japan, whether it’s on a holiday or a working visa, one of the biggest challenges is finding the perfect job. Part-time jobs are usually a great option is these circumstances, but in Japan finding a part-time job can more difficult than in other countries as most jobs require a…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

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Tokyo Disneyland’s New Attractions – Details and New Photos

Tokyo Disneyland’s new areas and attractions will open on September 28, and people cannot hold their excitement. People in Japan had been patiently waiting for the expansion since it was first announced. While the Oriental Land Company, which owns the Tokyo Disney Resort, announced three specific new additions to the park, the Beauty and the…

A Thorough Guide To Japan’s Go To Travel Campaign! (UPDATED)

The emergency declaration ended, and summer is just around the corner. To save and stimulate the mostly dead tourism economy, Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) will launch the Go To Travel Campaign. Budgeted at 1.1 trillion yen, the government will cover 35% of your traveling expenses from July 22, 2020 until mid-March, 2021, or until they…

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Kanpai! – 7 Tips and Rules When Drinking in Japan

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…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

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Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

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…

A European Town Inside Japan – Must-Visit Theme Parks

Japan is truly a place of great amusement parks, though sadly many were abandoned after the Japanese bubble. However, there are still many amusement parks worth visiting even if they are not located anywehre near the big cities of Tokyo or Osaka. Porto Europa is one of these amusement parks. Located in in Wakayama Prefecture,…

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Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

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…