2017 July

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…

Protect Your Skin From the Sun This Summer With These 3 Japanese Sunscreens

Since summer has already started in Japan, all sorts of sunscreens are now occupying shops’ front line. Different sunscreens suit different types of skin so it is important to choose the best one for you. You need to know the ingredients of the sunscreen first and whether the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is ideal or…

5 Sweet Cat Cafés That Will Make Your Visit to Tokyo “Purr-fect”!

Tokyo, Japan and cat cafés are a “purrfect” match for a cat lover’s vacation! These amazing cafés can be found throughout the metro Tokyo area, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Asakusa, and Ikebukuro. An incredibly novel concept, cat cafés originated in Taiwan in 1998 and spread like wildfire to other countries, most notably to feline-loving Japan.…

Touring Kyoto by Bus? Here’s a Guide on How to Ride Kyoto City Buses

Kyoto is a very touristy place that has several beautiful attractions which are accessible by bus. Riding the bus is an efficient and economical way to go around the place. Some people think that using the bus is complicated, but it is actually easier than it looks. The city’s bus system is tourist-oriented as there…

See the World’s Famous Architectural Structures at This Theme Park in Japan!

Do you dream of seeing the famous architectural wonders of the world but the money in the bank doesn’t seem enough to fulfill that dream? Why not drop by Tobu World Square theme park instead? Get a chance to see 102 skillfully reproduced miniature versions of architectural structures from 21 countries, including 46 World Heritage…