2017 July

Meet Lala, the Sweet Stationmaster in Hokkaido That Happens to Be a Dog!

Something has been causing a commotion at JR Shin-Totsukawa Station in Hokkaido! People are crazy about Lala, a stationmaster who also happens to be a dog! Lala is a 10-year-old Shiba Inu owned by a 55-year-old man named Kazumasa Takahashi. Since the station she is serving is facing partial abolition, Takahashi is hoping that Lala’s…

Sprint Like a Saiyan at the Dragon Ball Fun Run Events in Japan This 2017!

Summer in Japan is not the most favorable season to go running or jogging outdoors. Most people spend their time doing indoor activities in order to avoid the summer heat. But don’t worry about missing the outdoors as the autumn season right after summer will provide you with a better opportunity. During early September 2017,…

Do You Know The “Big Four” Horse Racecourses in Japan and Where to Find Them?

Japan is a famous destination for equestrian sports such as horse racing (“keiba” in Japanese) as it has some of the biggest venues in the world which attract thousands of visitors and punters from various countries. The Japan Racing Association (JRA) is the ultimate administrative body that manages events at the 10 biggest racecourses in…

Step into the World of Sangatsu no Lion with These 8 Real Life Tokyo Locations

Sangatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion), the award-winning piece from Chica Umino has been attracting interest from all over the world. Fans eagerly await the completion of the manga and anime and many have tremendously enjoyed the two-part live action movie. Not only is it entertaining, but readers and viewers can also…

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

Beat the Summer Heat With These 6 Unique Flavors of Shaved Ice From MINISTOP Japan

As Japan’s summer temperatures seem to be getting higher, recently ranging from 30 to 34 degrees Celsius, iced refreshments are becoming popular and in demand this time of the year. Restaurants, food stalls, and convenience stores offer different kinds of delicious frozen treats and iced drinks to quench your thirst and help you cool down…

In Need of a Relaxing Bath? Try These 3 Interesting Bath Bombs From Japan!

Had a rough day at work and in need of a relaxing bath? If you find regular baths too boring, you can always use bath bombs. Bath bombs are hard-packed spherical mixtures that fizz in water. They help you relax as they add color, bubbles, aroma, and essential oils to your bath, making your skin…

Are You a Tall Person Visiting Japan? 5 Places Where You May Have Problems

I’m 192cm tall, otherwise known as somewhere in the realms of 6’ 3” to 6’ 4”. By Western standards, that makes me somewhat taller than average, but take a random selection of a hundred Japanese men and I’d be surprised if even one of them is my height or taller. That equates to the fact…
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