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3 Important Policies to Follow When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki in Japan generally follow Buddhist customs. Soon after the passing of a loved one, the deceased’s family holds a funeral service in either a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake or otsuya, wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues come together…

Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

Toire 101: A Breakdown Of The Modern Japanese Toilet

livedoor.blogimg.jp/ For most people outside of Japan, a visit to the restroom is quite simple: sit, “release,” wipe, and flush. But in Japan, toilets can be a bit of a challenge. Both the traditional squat type toilets and the ultra-modern water-squirting toilets are unlike what other parts of the world is used to. Here is…

4 Things to Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet in Japan

For many people, Japan is the safest country in the world. In other words, the chances of getting your wallet or any valuable item stolen are quite low in Japan when compared to other countries. Although violent crimes are rare, pickpocketing and other stealth crimes are pretty common in urban areas, especially in Tokyo’s Akasaka…

Can’t Tell a Cherry Blossom From a Plum Blossom? 10 Differences to Look Out For

Cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are iconic for their pink flowers and are mainly found in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. Even so, they can still be easily mistaken for each other, especially from afar. Let’s dive into this article to learn…

How to Book Train Tickets in Advance Before Traveling to Japan

For many people traveling to Japan, booking train tickets is a major problem. You can always head to a Japan Rail (JR) counter once you arrive or seek help from an agent and pay some extra bucks, however, did you know that you can also book in advance online? Find out how below! Shinkansen Reservations…

Save Money With These 3 Companies Offering Discount Coupons in Japan!

It was my first time to visit Yokohama in August 2017. One of their main attraction is the Cup Noodle Museum. My friend Kei, who happens to be from Yokohama, surprisingly has never been to the Cup Noodles museum, and that’s why we decided to include it in our itinerary. Upon entering, Kei showed me…