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What Are ‘Kasapon’ and Should Japan Get Rid of Them?

The “tsuyu” or rainy season in Japan means the return of rain boots and umbrellas. In fact, if you happen to see an aerial view of the streets of Tokyo during this time, you will likely be fascinated by the sea of umbrellas present. You would think that this scene is only possible during the…

The Art of Drainspotting: What Is It?

When we travel, we are always looking straight ahead at the sights, shops, and people around us. But have you ever thought to take a look down at the ground? Don’t miss the unexpected works of art you can stumble upon in the form of unique Japanese manhole covers! Here is an introduction to three…

My Experience Dating a Japanese Guy: How Has It Been?

Have you ever wondered what to expect when dating a Japanese guy? Well, to begin with, I am not Japanese and did not grow up in Japan, so I had zero idea about Japanese culture, characteristics, and traits before moving here. Despite my understandable lack of knowledge, my Japanese boyfriend and I have been together…

Behind the Scenes: Top 10 Japanese Animation Studios

Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks are company names that almost everyone knows. They are, in fact, animation studios that have brought us some well-known and well-loved animated productions that most of us grew up with and still continue to enjoy today. Since the early 1900s, cartoons have graced the world and been part of our lives;…

5 Real-Life Shrines in Japan That Appeared in Anime

When planning a trip to Japan, there are of course numerous places that you can visit. To narrow down your choices, you should probable plan the trip according to your interests. For anime enthusiasts, an anime pilgrimage is in order! Of course, this means shopping for anime stuff, but also visiting real life locations in…

Want to Learn About Some of Japan’s Famous Writers? Watch This Anime!

William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, etc are just some of the most widely acclaimed English language authors. Literature is an essential part of a country’s culture, and Japan is also known for its diverse literary heritage. While most people know the anime titles Death Note, Bleach, and The Prince of Tennis, they would probably…

Learning About the Japanese Lifestyle Through Anime

Anime, as we all know, plays an important role in the lives of Japanese. When you say the word “anime,” the first word that comes to mind is “Japan/Japanese.” But first of all, let’s start with the basics – what is anime and how does it differ from regular cartoons? What is anime? jp.fotolia.com/ Anime…

Love Manga? Here Are 4 Manga Museums in Japan That You Should Check Out

Many travelers include museums in their trips as they are the perfect places for purposeful leisure. For people traveling to Japan who are interested in Japanese comics or manga, there are also several manga museums across the country that you can visit. In addition to finding current manga anywhere around Japan, these museums take you…

The Secluded Onsen With 350+ Years of History That Loves Foreign Guests

Bathing in an onsen or a Japanese hot spring is one of those experiences you should not miss when visiting Japan. Of the many famous onsen in Japan, Honke Bankyu is one that continues to capture the interest of locals and foreigners alike because of its long and traditional history, being operating since 1666. Honke…