By Locoroco

Let’s Try Tasty and Popular Alcohol-Free Japanese Beer!

Did you drink too much last night? Are you thinking of cutting the alcohol intake on a regular basis? There might be several reasons why you decided to try non-alcoholic beer and if you have not given a thought about it yet, this article might convince you to switch once in a while, or even…

How to Save 30% on Shinkansen Travel: Platt Kodama!

Have you ever travelled between Kanto and Kansai by a highway bus? Tickets can be super cheap within a price range of ¥7,000 for a night ride and around ¥6,000 for a day ride and you might “save” time when getting the night bus by sleeping most of the time. If you are lucky enough,…

Let’s Get to Know the Cute and Cheerful Peko Chan!

With mascots being omnipresent in Japan, any bigger brand, bank, company or organisation has one of its own. May it be for the sake of profit or for representation, mascots are popular among all: the young and old; male and female. Whereas in the Western world overseas, cute characters are supposed to be for kids,…

You know you’ve been in Japan too long when…

Foreigners in Japan can get ‘Japanized’.They cringe at the small things that would not bother them abroad. They pay attention to details that no one else has thought of before, at least not outside Japan. Whether it is the over-excitement when trying out new food or unnecessary gadgets dangling from your mobile phone, find out…

Get Rid of Cockroaches (Gokiburi) with the Japanese “Gokiburi Hoi Hoi” Trap!

Cockroaches, or ‘gokiburi’(ゴキブリ) as they are known in Japan, are the horror of every housewife, tenant and even if met this pest outdoors, one would get nightmares for weeks. If you come from a dry northern country, you might get shocked how common cockroaches are here. But do not worry, almost everyone has to deal…

5 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should be Japan

You might have travelled many countries already or just a few and are considering Japan to be your next destination. Besides the obvious reasons you already have for coming to Japan, let the following help you deciding to finally visit the beautiful country of Japan. 1. Unlimited mysteries Travellers always prepare in some way for…

Freaking Out Japanese, and Still being Polite

At first, the idea of Japan and its people is always a bit mysterious, adventurous and many things might seem strange to foreigners. Starting with the language, the customs, the fashion at times… not to mention culture, gestures, smells, sounds, feelings, pretty much everything seems different. On the other hand, judging from the perspective of…

Japanese Identity – Social and Everyday Contacts

Everyday personal contacts that Japanese people make are given a high importance. The Japanese desire to ‘belong’ and it is certainly true that the izakaya (pub), certain events and sport clubs are playing an important part in many people’s lives. There, people search contacts with other people who share some of the interests and attitudes…

Go Crazy at the Surreal “Kawaii Monster Cafe” in Harajuku!

Those who know Harajuku know the crazy fashion brand 6% DOKIDOKI. The designer’s concept being “sensational and lovely”, the brand makes fashion clothing and accessories. The same Sebastian Masuda, who is responsible for part of Japan’s pop culture, has been now involved in a new project, the “Kawaii Monster Cafe”. Indulge in Kawaii   kawaiimonster.jp/…

Hidden Meanings in the Japanese Company Logos

Companies spend millions of dollars on developing unique logos and designs for representing their businesses and products. Designers spend hundreds of hours to draft the best possible design to satisfy their clients. World famous brands are known for having secret meanings in their logos, or designs, that are not seen at first glance. But once…