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5 Essential Utensils for Cooking Japanese Food

So you moved to a new land, got yourself a swanky pad, and are going to get to cooking some delicious grub of the land of the rising sun. You may need to stock your kitchen up on the essential ingredients, but you also need some utensils and kitchen goods! jp.fotolia.com/ Get your Japanese kitchen…

How to Visit a Japanese Shrine – A Guide to Shrine Basics

Shrines and temples are beautiful touristy locations, but being sacred places of worship they are much more than a simple photo spot. Tourists are often scared not to offend the locals, so it’s best to learn the basic rules. Let’s take a look at some of the common items you will see upon your visit…

Japanese Balcony Etiquette – 4 Unspoken Rules!

So, you moved to Japan and found yourself a nice abode to lay your head. Great view, great price, and a great cultural experience. jp.fotolia.com/ Here are a few balcony rules that you may not be aware of! Balcony rules and culture vary greatly from country to country, but Japan, as always, is a little……
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A Fun Guide to Mastering Japanese Numbers in Kanji!

Numbers are one of the most important things to learn when living abroad. Without them, how could you shop, understand your salary, or most important, exchange phone numbers with a new friend (or potential date)? Although most people are able to memorise the numbers after a few practices, the true test is being able to…

Guide on Buying Condoms in Japan: Japanese Brands and Some Useful Tips !

Buying contraception in Japan can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be embarrassing or difficult. In terms of financial cost, condoms are the cheapest way to go in this country as the contraceptive pill and the morning after pill (“Plan B”) are not covered by the national health insurance and can, therefore,…

Japanese Sake: Best Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter!

Humidity in Japan is pretty high so sometimes it feels colder than dry air, the reason being that high humidity in lower temperatures increases the conduction of heat from the body so Japan`s winter can be quite rough in some areas. The last thing you feel like doing after freezing through a work day is…

Send the Legendary Japanese Actor, Ken Watanabe Plenty of Positive Vibes!

Few Japanese actors have transcended both domestic and international film as have Ken Watanabe (渡辺謙). Known for his unique voice, incredible acting skills, and range of performances he is definitely one of the most recognisable faces of Japanese acting. He has prevailed in the land of domestic and international show business, all while facing some…

A Brief History of the Toyota Prius- 4 Generations and Still Going Strong!

Few cars in history can be looked back upon as truly revolutionary and industry-altering. One such vehicle is none other than the Toyota Prius: Another proud Nippon innovation. The main selling point, of course, is the mileage, it just keeps getting better with age (like good wine): First: 16KM/L, Second: 22KM/L, Third: 31KM/L, Fourth: 40KM/L).…

Learn How to Read Japanese the Fun Way With Buzzfeed Japan!

When you are learning a new language, textbooks and test materials can get dull at some point. It is best to keep your study material fresh and interesting! I mean, how many times can you read an example of a garbage calendar in order to practice for the JLPT test, or read a passage about…