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Seven Stars Cruise Train, Kyushu Like you Have Never Experienced Before

I know so many people who have dreamt of traveling in the first class of a luxury plane, enjoying its exceptional services. I agree on the uniqueness of the experience but nevertheless I personally find this a waste of money. Especially because you are only able to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes during the departure and…

Half of the cities in Japan might disappear; the reason is not Global Warming

When Malthus on his essay told that population is an ever growing phenomena, thus it is necessary to check it with positive and preventive measures, there was a small community of people who believed him. Two centuries later, here we are with more than enough reasons to disprove Malthus. This is the modern world problem,…
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Japan: A Tale of Two Teas

High above Tokyo station, I watch, as two ladies from the illustrious Fukujuen Tea House, make tea. One is elegantly dressed in a Fukujuen kimono, while the other dons the black and white style of the West. The teas are wonderfully fresh, the makers clearly love their work, and their attention to detail brings home…
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What To Do and How To Correctly Behave in a Sento 銭湯

While Onsen 温泉 (literally hot source) exist for the pleasure of relaxation and the health benefits of bathing in nutrient-rich water, Sento 銭湯 (public bath) are local establishments mostly used for daily hygiene. Although Sento are less in the spotlight, they still are truly relaxing after a hard day of labor. Anyway, you can notice…
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Basic Japanese Vocabulary and Useful Sentences to Ride Japanese Train

Although it is perfectly possible to visit and survive in Japan without learning the language, it definitely makes life a lot easier when you know some basic vocabulary. It can build bridges between you and the people you meet, and make requests and actions, which you may take for granted back home where there is…
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Cat Cafe Phenomenon, Chill With your Fluffy Friends

Want to play with cats when you are stressed out by work or school? Want to spend your time with fluffy cuddly playful cats while eating a nice dessert in a cafeteria? Then, visit some cat cafes in Japan! The phenomenon of Cat Cafes is spreading throughout the whole world. There are so many cat…
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5 Japanese Beauty Products for Makeup Lovers!

Ladies, I am pretty sure you have heard about how great Japanese makeup products are. You have always wanted to buy some, and in the end you find yourself standing at the makeup department of a drugstore completely mesmerized with colorful and shiny beauty products. “Which one should I pick?”, “They all look so cute…

Examination for Special Skilled Visa: Easy or Difficult?

One of the most concerning news for foreigners living inside as well as outside Japan is the new type of visa, the “special skilled visa” (特定技能ビザ) allowing more than 340,000 foreigners to legally live and work in Japan up to 5 years. Moreover, this type of visa covers a wide range of industries, and there…

Top 10: Most Popular Neighborhoods to Live in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolis is a bustling place that over 13 million call home (38 million if you count the Grater Tokyo Area). Of course, the city’s population tends to increase during daylight, when commuters from other places in the Kanto region travel to Tokyo’s many business districts to work until night. With so many people…