HEALTH & BEAUTY

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Tokyo Swimming Pools to Check Out in 2019: Party, Play or just Relax

Summers get sweltering hot in the concrete jungle that is Tokyo. It gets uncomfortably humid too. One of the best remedies is running off to an island or to the north, but if we’re being realistic – that is not an option for people living and working in Tokyo. It’s also unhelpful advice to travelers…

Japanese Skincare: The Best, the Unique, and the Strange

One of my goals during my time in Japan was to buy and try as many new skincare products as I could. Japan is known for having extremely good skincare products and I wanted to find the best and most novelty items. While some of the best products are way out of my price range,…

Japanese Skincare: An Interview with Supreme Noi Co.

A skincare brand that has been around for a few years is starting to pick up popularity, here in Tokyo. Supreme Noi is a Japanese beauty and skincare brand that has been around since 2012. It is still a relatively young company compared to many other beauty brands, but it has been gaining more popularity…

How to Avoid Culture Shock While Living in Japan

Culture shock is an inevitable topic amongst expats in Japan. Inevitable social misinputs and missed social cues can wear anyone down. After the novelty of being surrounded by the Japanese language wears off, some people find themselves socially isolated and functionally limited because of their lack of Japanese ability. Having to go through an awkward…

Eating in Japan – What To Expect

If you visit Japan for a prolonged amount of time or plan to come here to live permanently, you might face some shifts in what you are eating. When you think of a Japanese cuisine you think rice, sushi, ramen, noodles, miso soup, tempura, and more. It is no surprise that when you come to…

BE CAREFUL!: Japan’s Most Venomous Creature

Japan is a beautiful country. The archipelago contains multiple islands, and it’s of extreme importance to know, respect, and understand the wildlife that abounds here. For that reason, it is of extreme importance to realize that Japan is home to various animals that can possess danger to humans if an interaction with them them occurs.…
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A Toufa Specialty Cafe in Japan: THE CUPS SAKAE in Nagoya

THE CUPS is an extremely popular cafe chain in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. THE CUPS currently has four locations: Fushimi, Sakae, Meieki, and Harbor Cafe. With the success of the first Fushimi location, which opened in June 2015, due to its Insta-worthy appearance and delicious hand-dripped coffee, THE CUPS was able to spread to the three…
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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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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…

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…