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Why Is Going to the Immigration Bureau a Horrifying Trip?

Here’s a not-so-surprising fact: I hate having to renew my visa. This is a sentiment that resonates with every single foreign resident living in Japan under a visa. The only consolation is that we know that we don’t have to visit this place until we have to renew that visa. Therefore, the worst case scenario…

5 Lesser-Known but Cool Cafes in Tokyo you Must Visit

Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off,…
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5 Manga Genres that May Interest You!

Unlike western comic books, Japanese manga can target a really specific part of the population according to its genre. In fact, the audience may vary from elementary school kids, teenage girls, teenage boys, young adults to much older and so on. This is one of the great things about manga: anyone can find what they…

20 ‘Japanglish’ Words That Can Be Useful To Know and Confusing If You Don’t

Just as how you use the word “anime” as you talk with your friends about Pokemon, or say the word, “sushi” when you come across a Japanese restaurant in your hometown, the Japanese also have their fair share of borrowing words from other languages. As English is an international language, the Japanese throughout the years…

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20 ‘Japanglish’ Words That Can Be Useful To Know and Confusing If You Don’t

Just as how you use the word “anime” as you talk with your friends about Pokemon, or say the word, “sushi” when you come across a Japanese restaurant in your hometown, the Japanese also have their fair share of borrowing words from other languages. As English is an international language, the Japanese throughout the years…
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5 Manga Genres that May Interest You!

Unlike western comic books, Japanese manga can target a really specific part of the population according to its genre. In fact, the audience may vary from elementary school kids, teenage girls, teenage boys, young adults to much older and so on. This is one of the great things about manga: anyone can find what they…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…

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20 ‘Japanglish’ Words That Can Be Useful To Know and Confusing If You Don’t

Just as how you use the word “anime” as you talk with your friends about Pokemon, or say the word, “sushi” when you come across a Japanese restaurant in your hometown, the Japanese also have their fair share of borrowing words from other languages. As English is an international language, the Japanese throughout the years…

Why Is Going to the Immigration Bureau a Horrifying Trip?

Here’s a not-so-surprising fact: I hate having to renew my visa. This is a sentiment that resonates with every single foreign resident living in Japan under a visa. The only consolation is that we know that we don’t have to visit this place until we have to renew that visa. Therefore, the worst case scenario…
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Guide to Shinjuku Bar District – Welcome to Golden Gai!

You have walked a long day through Tokyo to discover some of the major gems this beautiful city has to offer and you are still thirsty for more? Why not head to Shinjuku Golden Gai, one of Tokyo’s legendary bar streets. Short History View this post on Instagram A post shared by BunnyTokyo 🐰♥️ Hop…

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Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…

What Can Japan Learn From the Unsurprising Results at Microsoft Japan?

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you might have found out reports that Microsoft Japan had conducted an experiment during summer to see the effects a 4-day workweek would have. The rules were simple: employees would work 4 days a week while still getting paid for 5, all while enjoying 3-day weekends. The…

Make No Mistake About It: The IOC Is Not The Hero of This Story

by Martin Danker Against Tokyo’s objections, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its final decision, and the consensus is simple: the IOC and Tokyo’s governor Koike Yuriko are both losers. What decision was this exactly? Well, the marathon and race walking events during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place in the city of…

Okinawa’s Shuri Castle Destroyed in a Fire

*information as of October 31st, 2019, 3 pm Japan time by Zoria Petkoska On October 31st, 2019, Japan woke up to some heartbreaking news – Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s designated national treasures has burnt almost to the ground during the night. The castle had recently completed renovations and…

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Apartment hunting in Tokyo? Things to Be Careful About

Trying to find a decent yet affordable apartment to rent is a nightmarish struggle in almost every city. On top of that, when you try and rent an apartment in a foreign country where there’s a language barrier, the whole experience gets even more arduous. Tokyo has its own issues and different rental market rules,…

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5 Lesser-Known but Cool Cafes in Tokyo you Must Visit

Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off,…

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5 Lesser-Known but Cool Cafes in Tokyo you Must Visit

Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off,…

Inokashira Zoo – Tokyo’s Smaller Charming Zoo within a Park

Kichijoji – an area west of Tokyo, just next to Suginami-ku, has the reputation of being one of the most popular Tokyo neighbourhoods to live in. It has been topping the charts for years now, either being no.1 or in top 3 and it’s easy to see why. It’s not as pricey or busy as…

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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…

Have a Manga-Filled Experience at the International Manga Museum!

Many people know about Japan through its creation of manga and the enormous industry that has developed over the 20th century. The manga industry includes a large number of magazines, websites, and even original fan-made manga distributed at events like Comic Market. The International Manga Museum was dedicated in order to preserve the vast history…

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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…