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How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

O-souji: The Big Pre-New Year Cleaning Ritual in Japan

jp.fotolia.com/ While it is the time of the year for preparing Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties in many countries, in Japan things are a little different. There is some version of Christmas social gatherings, while for New Year enjoy a few quiet days together with their families. There are many preparations, decorations and ritual,…

Living in Japan: How to Send Money from Japan to Overseas

If you are like me, a foreigner living in Japan, there will be times when you need to send money from Japan, and it is not always that easy to find out how. Thanks to the more advanced banking technology lately, we now have more (and easier) options to do that, and here is how.…

Looking to Buy a Yukata for Summer? Check Out These 5 Affordable Places in Japan!

It is almost impossible to walk down Tokyo’s summer festivals and not see Japanese people in their yukata, a traditional Japanese clothing for summer. Yukata is the more casual version of a kimono, made from cotton or synthetic fiber. It is made for all genders and ages. Not only is it perfect for personal wear…
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Turn Your Meals Into a Sakura Celebration by Making Sakura Denbu!

Japan always offer something special to celebrate the change of the weather especially when it comes to the food. As spring is coming, you may see various pink-colored food packaging and plenty of sakura-flavored sweets and drinks. One of the most eye-catching spring foods for me is the delicate pink and light fish floss called…

How to Donate Blood in Japan: What to Know and What to Do

According to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC), the decreasing birthrate and aging population are causing a drain on blood supplies in Japan. Ensuring a stable supply of blood donors is, therefore, a need that must be quickly addressed. However, there are still a lot of confusion over who is allowed and who is not…

How to Get Your Glasses Cleaned the Free and Easy Japanese Way

When you are strolling around Tokyo, you may find many well-known glasses chain stores, and “Megane Drug” (メガネドラッグ) is one of them.   japaneseclass.jp/ They can be easily recognized by their cute bob-haired-girl-with-glasses mascot and their bright yellow banner. Also, they always provide an ultrasonic glasses cleaner in front of their store, and the best…

Bourbon’s Chocolate Slice: Japan’s Sweetest Innovation

If you are a chocolate fan who always longed for chocolate in the form of a cheese slice, congratulations, your wish has been granted! Thanks to Bourbon, a Japanese confectionery company, pre-sliced, individually wrapped chocolate has come to life. What is Special About these Chocolate Slices?   shop.bourbon.jp/ スライス生チョコレート (Suraisu Nama Chokoreto) by Bourbon is…

5 Delicious McDonald’s Pies to Try as the Seasons Change in Japan

As you might know, McDonald’s has differing menus all over the world. So, the McDonald’s in Japan, of course, has its own menu too, as well as differing dessert specialties for every season. One of their best-sellers, the baked apple pie, is my favorite, especially in cold weather. However, McDonalds Japan offers a special variety…