What I Packed for Japan vs. What I Needed to Pack

Packing for trips and vacations have always proved to be a difficult thing for me. It doesn’t matter if I’m leaving for two days or two months, I have never been able to pack effectively. I’ve watched many Youtube videos and read articles on how to pack well or what to pack when going somewhere, and…
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3 Must Visit Doughnut Shops in Tokyo

Doughnuts are the perfect dessert, whether it’s after a meal or as a snack. Whether you are wandering around Tokyo as a tourist or taking a lunch break from work, these doughnut shops are perfect places to drop by. Not only do these doughnuts taste delicious, but they are also adorable and aesthetically pleasing, making…

Monkey Around at Kyoto’s Monkey Park

When I travel I’d rather visit the more unique places of wherever I’m at. The more adventurous, and ‘out there’ the better. I want to see and experience things that I wouldn’t be able to find back home in the United States. So, when I went to Kyoto this past weekend the Iwatayama Monkey Park…
Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Over a quarter million people climb the infamous Mt. Fuji every year during the short climbing season of July and August. You may have heard the horror stories of climbers being stuck in lines while climbing up the mountain and uncomfortable mountain huts filled to the brim. Hearing this, you may want to avoid those…

5 Tips for Spending Wisely at Arcades in Japan

When visiting Japan, especially in the big cities like Tokyo, you might be surprised to see so many arcades around. In East Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan, arcades still thrive thanks to continued patronage and diversifying their attractions? Have you heard of Round One? Their focus on sports has made them a…

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…

Survive Japan’s Trains With This Guide

While Japan’s rail system is famed around the world for its scope and efficiency, it can be an intimidating thing to go through for someone new to Japan. Busy maps, crowded stations, and the ever-present Japanese language barrier can make it challenging for newcomers to efficiently travel on Japan’s many trains and subways. On top…

This is How Often Earthquakes Occur in Japan

In America, an earthquake is an incredibly rare occurrence, but when one does happen it’s national news. In Japan, however, earthquakes are an expected and accounted for part of life. In fact, Japan experiences several earthquakes a day! Japan sits along at the intersection of 4 tectonic plates, so it’s no wonder the country has…

DRUM TAO: When Japanese Drum Performing Art Reaches the World

Japan is a culturally rich country with many interesting and unique features that you cannot miss when traveling here. You will probably be recommended to check out a kabuki show, see maiko (means “apprentice geisha”), go to concerts of singers and idol groups, or enjoy some quirky cosplay cafes and restaurants. But have you ever heard…
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Matcha Desserts Deluxe 2019

The green powdered tea is one of Japan’s most recognizable products, recently gaining a global popularity for both its taste and its health benefits. From elegant traditional tea ceremonies to cute modern sweets with a matcha twist, matcha has been widely popular in Japan for centuries. The bitter and refreshing tea is prepared fairly simply,…