By Preetha

Filling Forms in Japan: a Short Guide

While in Japan, you will surely come across situations where you need to fill out some form in a bank, post office, library, when registering a new telephone or Internet connection or such. It will be difficult to figure out the words in a form if it is purely in Japanese. But there are some…

Kaomoji: the Japanese emoticons!

Kaomoji Our mobile phones, tablets, computers etc. can all be used for texting and we are quite familiar with the various types of emoticons available in each of these. Now, people use emoticons not only in the messages but also in e-mails and handwritten items. The earlier emoticons were a set of symbols and characters…

A weekend at Azumino the land of wasabi farms and rivers, Nagano

A weekend trip to Azumino of Nagano prefecture is really a nice experience to stay away from the busy city and spend some hours leading a life mingling with nature, enjoying the beauty of mountain ranges surrounding there. Staying at a Ryokan, enjoying a bath at the hot springs and taste the delicious Japanese food.…

The five tallest towers of Japan!

1. Tokyo tower Tokyo tower is located near the Zojoji temple, Tokyo and is one of the tallest structures of Japan. It is a television and radio broadcasting structure with a height of 333 meters. It was completed in 1958, and was listed as the tallest steel tower in the world. The steel structure of…

Japanese Culture and the Use of Fans

Japan is a great country full of rich history, futuristic innovation, world-class food, spectacular landscapes, and ancient traditions that have stood the test of time. If someone mentions Japan, no doubt it conjures up many images in your mind. This may include Mt. Fuji, cherry blossom season, the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo, or perhaps even…

Cherry picking at Yatsugatake

Yatsugatake is a beautiful mountain area located at the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures. It is a place which is worth visiting in any of the four seasons. Yamanashi is famous for its fruit picking sites. The orchards of this area provide opportunities to taste self-picked seasonal fruits like cherry, strawberry, apple, grapes and…

Obon: The Festival of Honouring Ancestors’ Spirits

Obon is the festival celebrated in Japan in mid-August, on the 15th. But the Obon festival season lasts for a few days, from the 13th to the 17th of the month, but different areas of Japan celebrate this festival on different days. It is the day to remember and honour the spirits of the ancestors.…

5 most important Shrines and Temples of Nagoya

1. Atsuta shrine Author’s photo This is one of the most famous and important Shinto shrines in Nagoya. Atsuta shrine is said to be the second most important shrine of all Japan and is devoted to Amaterasu, the Goddess of Sun. This shrine is believed to be the home of a famous imperial sword called…

Top 8 Indispensable Summer Items From 100 Yen Shops in Japan

The 100 yen shops 100 yen shop is your best friend of all while in Japan. You can get a lot of cute and useful products in it. As it is the onset of the summer season in Japan, like in all other shops, 100 yen shops have special summer products. Let’s find some useful…

Inkan: the Essential Ink Stamps Everyone in Japanese Has

If you are staying in Japan long-term, you need to have a personal seal / stamp called Inkan or Hanko, along with your signature for opening a bank account, submitting documents at the city office, signing papers in your office or other needs. What is an Inkan? jp.fotolia.com/ Inkan is the personal identification stamp that…