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Have You Tried Delicious Baked Goods From This Bakery Found All Over Japan?

Thanks to the importing of Western culture and cuisine, bakeries selling sweets, bread, cookies, and other baked goods are abundant and popular all over Japan. It isn’t unusual to find at least one small bakery, whether chain or local, whenever you arrive at a new town or city. You’ll often find bakeries in hotels, as…

3 Great Ideas on How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Japan

Another year is almost over, and no doubt you’re thinking about how to spend the New Year’s celebration while you are in Japan. Christmas in Japan is very different to how it is in most Western countries; people often eat chicken and see illuminations with their partner rather than eat homemade food with their families.…

It Isn’t All Skyscrapers: 5 Great Parks and Gardens in Tokyo to Unwind and Relax

Tokyo is known for being one of the largest cities in the world, and with an impressive population of over 13 million people, it understandably gets incredibly busy. Tokyo is notorious for its crowded trains during rush hour, the thousands that cross the infamous Scramble near Shibuya Station, and the crowds that visit famous public…

3 Ways to Enjoy Katsu, the Delicious Japanese Fried Food

When you travel to Japan, there’s no doubt that you will want to try as many local dishes as you can. The truth is that it’s impossible to sample all of the delicious and unique treats that the country has to offer in just a couple of weeks, but that is what makes the experience…

Welcome 2018 With These 3 Chinese New Year Events in Yokohama!

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and is a great place to visit from Tokyo. It is home to the beautiful Yokohama Bay, an exciting theme park with a variety of attractions, and Japan’s famous Chinatown. Chinatown in Yokohama has a long history and is an exciting place to visit for fantastic snack…

3 Health-Boosting Items You Can Buy at a Japanese Convenience Store

Keeping on top of your health while in Japan can be tricky, especially with all the delicious snacks that are on offer. People may claim that you are sure to lose weight while you are in Japan, and although the typical Japanese diet does include rice, fish, and vegetables, there are also many unhealthy foods…

Book Cafe and Gallery in One? Unwind at This Trendy Place in Kochi!

When I first moved to Kochi City in Shikoku, I thought it would be difficult to find good cafes. As someone who had spent a good portion of the past six years writing essays in coffee shops, this seemed like it would be at least a minor obstacle in my adjustment to life in Japan.…

Enjoy a MidーYear Cleanse at the Wanukesama Festival in Kochi, Japan

All cultures have rituals and festivals intended to ward off bad luck or purify the participants of any bad mojo they might be carrying around. At the end of June each year, the Tosa Shrine in Kochi City (Shikoku island) holds its annual Wanukesama Festival for exactly these purposes. What happens during this Shinto festival?…

Summer is Here! Why Not Chill Out With Kochi Ice’s Delicious “Ice Crin”?

Summer is a great time to visit Kochi Prefecture. With plenty of outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, swimming, rafting), festivals that feature spectacular fireworks, delicious food, and local culture nearly every weekend – including the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival in August – along with the beautiful scenery, it’s easy to keep yourself busy. Want to know…