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Japan on the Cheap: 5 Money-Saving Tips to Keep in Mind

On a budget? No problem, you can still have an awesome time exploring, shopping, and eating your way through Japan! Of course, it will all depend on what you want to do while you’re in Japan, so the following are just some ideas to make every yen count! 1. BOOK-OFF (ブックオフ) flickr.com/ Any manga lovers…

5 Awesome “Shoujo” Manga and Where to Buy Them if You’re Outside Japan!

If you read manga (漫画), or Japanese comics, then you probably already know what shoujo (少女) manga is. But for those that are new to it, it is a category for readership or circulation that is aimed at teenage girls – this is directly evident in the word “shoujo” which means “little girl” or “young…

Struggling to Learn Japanese? Check These 3 Handy Japanese Learning Apps Out!

It’s great when languages (like Japanese) are offered as a school/university elective, and this definitely helps establish a learning foundation you can build upon. But what about those that didn’t get this opportunity or have only just decided to start learning Japanese? Yes, I’m sure you’d be able to find an independent Japanese language school,…

Discover the Magic of Akita at the Kanto Summer Festival!

Akita (秋田) is a prefecture famous for its rice, beautiful women, and its annual summer event, the Kanto Festival (竿燈祭り), which is held every year to pray for a good rice harvest. Let’s find out more about this incredibly fun event! Kanto Festival View this post on Instagram 2018.08.06 秋田竿燈まつり (秋田県秋田市大町) これが #上米町一丁目 💫🌟 .…

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to See a Geisha Performance for Free in Tokyo!

Geisha can be considered quite an elusive creature in Japan that unless you are super lucky to see them in special events you could easily never see one. Luckily in Tokyo, the Asakusa Geisha group give free performances on certain Saturdays throughout the year with the aim to give tourists the opportunity to experience geisha…

Have You Seen Studio Ghibli’s Most Heartwarming and Heartwrenching Films?

When people hear Studio Ghibli, generally the first thought that comes to mind is that of a mystical, fantasy, emotional and heartwarming story. A tale of young girls and boys, the challenges they face and overcoming them. However, there are also tales woven together by Studio Ghibli which don’t necessarily end happily or provoke that…

Looking for Simply Scrumptious Cheap Japanese Food? Meet the Famous Katsu Dishes!

In Japan, there exists an amazing and yet simple dish called katsu – which can be translated as cutlet in English. It features meat that has been lightly crumbed, then deep fried and served with a variety of accompaniments ranging from a pile of cabbage, rice, or even a tangy mysterious katsu sauce. It truly…

Soak up in a Relaxing Onsen in Niseko after a Long Day on the Slopes!

Kiranoyu Onsen is a community onsen located in Niseko town which is approximately a 15-minute drive from Hirafu in the Niseko Ski Resort and Onsen Area. It is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the ski town that in most cases, you may find yourself and only a few locals enjoying the…