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Why Are Many Women in Japan Stay-At-Home Wives? Here Are 6 Reasons

Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master’s degree, I was quite surprised to find out that…

Relax With Your Whole Family at This Hot Springs Hotel in Gunma

Matsumotoro is a popular hotel located on the slopes of Mt. Haruna in Gunma. Its close proximity to a stratovolcano made it a great place to put up open-air baths which are widely enjoyed by people. View this post on Instagram #ホテル松本楼 #伊香保 #伊香保温泉 #足湯 n0guchlさん(@n0guchl)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 3月月9日午前3時11分PST About the Hotel View this post…

Child Welfare System Revamp: Increasing Foster Care in Japan

The work system in the Japanese society is busier compared to other countries. Most people have a strong sense of pride in what they do. Regardless of the task assigned to them, they do the best they can. This gives some parents less time to take care of their children which means assigning foster parents…

What You Need to Know About “Oyako Day” (Parent-And-Child Day)

Foodies who love Japanese cuisine will definitely have heard of the “oyako don” (chicken and egg rice bowl) before. As can be deduced from its ingredients – chicken and eggs – “oyako” is a Japanese phrase that literally means “parent and child,” hence the name for this dish. But have you come across the term…

Shakujii Park: A Tranquil Sanctuary Within Tokyo

As you step out of the central exit of the Shakujii Koen station in Tokyo’s Nerima ward, you immediately find yourself on the receiving end of the local equivalent of all roads leading to Rome. An array of narrow streets converges at the station from all directions, each one crowded with commercial and residential activity.…

Babies at the Shrine: Understanding Omiyamairi Tradition

There are numerous events involving shrines in Japan such as traditional marriages, the ‘Rite of Passage’ for seven, five and three-year-old kids (Shichi Go San), and the ‘Coming of Age’ ceremony (Seijinshiki) for soon-to-be adults. There is also a variety of celebrations and festivals involving local shrines.   makaranya.co.jp/ However, there is one common practice…

2 Recommended Snow Schools for Kids in Niseko for a Winter Holiday

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the winter break in a winter school? You’ll be pushing away the boredom and you’ll also enjoy having a memorable time of your life! This is possible in Japan’s top ski destination, Niseko. Several schools offer internationally certified multilingual instructors such as Niseko Kids Snow School and Niseko Winterlab.…

Fluffy Furry Fun at The Alpaca Farm!

I have not been to many zoos in my life, so I thought I’d seen a lot when I met a pretty okapi (aren’t they amazing freaky creatures of nature!), dilettante lemurs, dopey large-headed capybaras, and tapirs whose poo has an explosive shooting range of 5 meters, all at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. But…

Top 5 Popular Fast Food Chains of Japan

It would seem that every tourist in Japan has tried the Japanese McDonald’s. But don’t you think it is a little too much if you are having Big Mac way back home and you are also having a Big Mac now that you are on your dreamed vacation? So, why don’t you step out of…