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Eat Your Good Luck with Eho Maki – Fortune Sushi Rolls!

Setsubun is almost upon us, the time when we usher in a new season – Spring! We call this Rishhun. But, don’t let the calendar fool you. It is still as cold as the top of Mount Fuji over here! Calendars lie, people! However, one of the most important traditions of this fine holiday involves…

Always Arrive on Time with Japanese Airlines ANA and JAL!

Well, the reports are in. The list of the most punctual airlines in the world has been made, courtesy of www.cnn.com and of course to no surprise, Japanese airlines have come out on top! The main two airlines in Japan are, of course, ANA (All Nippon Airways) and JAL (Japan Airlines). And both, have come…

Enjoy Saving Up With These Nifty Japanese Piggy Banks

Most people start off the new year with a big resolution: save more and spend less. After the end of the year parties, trips, and shopping, most of us check our bank balance or credit card bill and let out a small gasp of horror around the first week of January. After all, it is…

Niseko United: A Fantastic Website in English to Help You Navigate Niseko!

Niseko is the coveted land of snow sports and relaxation. Perfect powder snow, amazing accommodations, and wonderful food. Although there are a variety of places to stay and ski, it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you and your needs. Thankfully, this website will help you out. Full English support, amazing…

A Guide to 2 Traditional Decorations Used for Japanese New Year

The New Year is a big deal in Japan. The most important holiday of the calendar year, when family and friends get together and celebrate the year gone by and the potential of the year to come. If you are in Japan around this time, you will see some unique and beautiful decorations. Of course,…

Visiting a Shrine for New Year: A Guide to Shrine Basics

Going to a shrine is an essential part of New Year’s celebrations. Japanese people visit shrines at the New Year to pray for good luck as well as grab a fortune that will determine the future to come. Let’s take a look at some of the common items you will see upon your visit to…

5 Essential Words to Help Your Order Food and Drinks in Japan

Ordering food can be a pain if you don’t speak the local lingo. Sure, you can point and click, but in the end you just may find yourself with something undesirable on your plate. Worse yet, be whisked away to the ER due to an emergency allergic reaction. These 5 words and phrases will help…

Which of these 2 Beloved New Year TV Shows Do You Want to Watch?

Typically, Japanese people spend the new year eating soba (buckwheat noodles) for good luck and fortune in the coming year, while cleaning the bejeezus out of their homes and workplaces. However, there is a secret you may not know about. The wonderful magic that is Japanese New Year’s TV. There are two main choices, and…