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Do You Want to Be a J-pop Idol? It is Easier Than it Used to Be!

Have you ever wondered what it would take to become a J-pop idol? Well, it’s a lot different nowadays than how it used to be, even only ten years ago. And the good news is, it’s a lot easier than it was before. Mind you, it still takes a lot of hard work, genuine talent,…

Try Japan’s Divine Treat Inarizushi: Sushi Fit for a God!

If you want a unique taste of Japanese culture, why not try the odd and intriguing sushi which is fabled to be the favourite food of the Shinto god, Inari? Whether you are going to your local sushi place or visiting Nara, in Japan, and sampling one of the many famous Japanese restaurants in the…

Techo: Get Organized in 2016 with a Japanese Planner

Now that 2016 is around the corner, you might have noticed a plethora of little books on display in every corner. Usually around this time of year, people start thinking about the year ahead. Planners in Japan are unique, extremely useful and very popular. In some cases, they are referred to as a “Life book”.…

Looking for a New Experience? Head North to Miyagi Prefecture!

When people think of Japan, their minds go right to the world of Tokyo and Kyoto. Modern Japan in the huge booming city of Tokyo and traditional Japan in Kyoto. While no doubt, these places have their merits, Japan is a place full of wonder, mysticism, beautiful nature and exploration. If you’re looking for something…

Toshiro Mifune: The Captivating Actor that Introduced the Samurai to the West!

If you’re as big of a film buff as I am, you’ll know who Toshiro Mifune (三船敏郎) is. Also, if you’re as obsessed with Japanese cinema as I am, then you probably know all the lines of “Yojimbo” by heart! For the western world, there’s no more iconic image of the samurai than the swaggering…

From Rice to Money: Japan’s Contribution to the Modern Stock Market

So, you think the model for the modern day economies were invented on Wall Street? Or somewhere in London’s venerable financial district? No, in fact, the modern day concepts of stocks, futures markets and financial speculation are based on concepts used by Japanese merchants, in 1698 AD. Dōjima Rice Exchange As a keen student of…

How to Dress for a Wedding in Japan (Girl Version)

During your stay in Japan, you might be lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s wedding. Besides your obvious joy for the couple, you might become anxious as to what to wear! Generally, weddings are considered formal events in Japan (although it is now trendy to hold weddings with a more casual atmosphere). Because…

Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry: Study How to Make Jewelry and more!

From jewelry and paintings to the art of Monet, and even the historical buildings and structures of Barcelona, I love anything relating to art and fashion. Coming from an artistic background and having an educational background in fine arts, I have vowed to make this world colorful and artistic. During my travels to Japan, I…

Overworked? Japanese Holidays to the rescue!

Japanese people have a reputation for working very long hours with only a few paid holidays. However, what most people tend to overlook is that Japan has relatively generous national holidays mandated by the government, which allow most of the Japanese workforce to take well-deserved breaks throughout the year. In Japan, there are 15 national…

Watch the World’s Saddest Anime of all Time: Grave of the Fireflies

Anime is often thought as trivial, childish fare by the outsider, but anyone who has actually watched some good anime films will know that the best anime are more realistic, more complex and have more adult-like themes than the vast majority of mediocre real-life fares. And one of the most humane of them all happens…