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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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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…

Japanese Sake – Our Recommendations

Recently, Japanese sake has been getting more attention around the world. Japan has more than 1,400 sake breweries, the number of brands said to be more than 10,000. The type of rice, the quantity of the polished rice, the difference of yeast starters for the alcohol fermentation, alcohol usage, how often it is heated, how…

The Morbid World of Oshima Teru

After months of spending your limited free time stressfully looking for the perfect place to live, you end up finding a 1LDK apartment in coveted Chiyoda ward. It’s a dream property. An apartment of that size in the heart of Tokyo is rarely available, and much less at the price that is being offered to…
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SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs

SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs jp.fotolia.com/ Choosing a cell phone provider can indeed cause one of those headaches expats who have recently arrived in Japan experience when trying to settle down in their new city. Spending hundreds of yen at a local Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi might sound like a tempting option, but…
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New visa statuses! New policy! Permanent residency is now possible?!

The Japanese Government is proceeding with the revisions of the Immigration Control Law in order to welcome more foreign workers. A proposal has been established within the year and by 2019, April, a new system might be added. New proposal. New visas! jp.fotolia.com/ The Immigration’s control law is quite old; it came into effect in…

10 Things to Do When Traveling in Japan During the Rainy Season

The beginning of June marks the start of the rainy season in Japan, and it usually lasts until the end of July. While most travelers tend to avoid making plans during this time of year, there are actually a lot of fun activities you can enjoy despite the gloomy weather. The gray skies and seemingly…

Autumn Things to Look Forward to in Japan

Japan’s four seasons have very clear cuts. It usually goes: “Boom!” and a new season has started. And once it is autumn, the whole country has a beautiful reddish colouring, making one want to enjoy the season to its limits. Autumn in Japan taberunet.co.jp/ Whereas summers are quite hot and exhausting, people strongly look forward…

Have you ever seen those red flowers crowning the green grass?

In Japan, there is one kind of flower that seems to sprout from nowhere, wild and seems to be no owner. Its striking beauty seems to beckon the passers-by to come close. Up close, it’s bizarrely-shaped petals which look like spider legs, fuel the curious mind and imagination. Some call it “yureeibana”, a flower that…