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Awesome Souvenir ideas to Amaze Your Anime Geek Friends!

In Japan, it is the general custom to pick up some “omiyage”, or “gifts” for your loved ones whenever you visit a different place. It is somewhat similar in other countries, where we encourage the idea that if you go somewhere, particularly a different country, you should buy some kind of gift for your friends…

10 Surprising Facts about Japanese Schools. Daily life as a student in Japan

Japan is the land of many surprises. A lot of people describe the country as “different to what they’re used to” and many unique cultures and customs make it a fascinating country to visit. With the third largest economy in the world and with one of the lowest crime rates, Japan is well known for…

Feeling Shy? Relax With Your Swimsuits on at These 4 Hot Springs Near Tokyo

Bathing in a hot spring (onsen) has been a part of the Japanese culture since time immemorial. It’s one of their recreational activities, which is truly relaxing and rejuvenating. Many foreign tourists would also want to try bathing in an onsen and experience its many health benefits, however, some of them are hesitant to do…

Express Yourself Through This New Japanese Hand Weaving Style

Japan is a fashion heaven where a huge number of clothing brands can be found. But the country also has a rich history in clothing manufacturing, with many weaving styles originating from Japan. A relatively recent style, Saori, defies weaving conventions by focusing on promoting an experience that is freestyle and individualistic. The result is…

11 Things to Do When Traveling in Japan During the Rainy Season

The beginning of June marks the start of the rainy season in Japan, and it usually lasts until the end of July. While most travelers tend to avoid making plans during this time of year, there are actually a lot of fun activities you can enjoy despite the gloomy weather. The gray skies and seemingly…

Discover These Two Underrated Landmarks in Aichi Prefecture

Nagoya is one of the more famous cities to travel to in Japan, but’s not the only place where you can find interesting spots in Aichi Prefecture. Located in central Japan, Aichi was the center of the Sengoku period and is considered “The Land of the Samurai.” In fact, the three unifiers of Japan, Oda…

Can You Find This Hidden History Museum in Tokyo?

Did you know that there’s a cutting-edge museum hidden inside the KITTE Department Store in Tokyo? Intermediatheque, a small museum jointly run by the University of Tokyo and Japan Post, contains several antiquities and specimens owned by the university since the 19th century. Due to its unusual location, it has been given the nickname of…

Cafe-Hopping in Japan: 11 Anime Cafes to Check Out

There are many kinds of anime cafes in Japan – from regular ones that feature anime series produced by specific companies, to collaboration cafes that highlight hundreds of anime titles in a year. Here are 11 anime cafes to check out in Japan! 1. animate cafe 【『千銃士』×アニメイトカフェショップ池袋】お待たせしました!コラボドリンクと限定グッズの公開です!かわいい星形のトレーディングバッジやアニメイトカフェ限定描き起こしのグッズに注目です♪ #千銃士 pic.twitter.com/zS5iMy6nyx — アニメイトカフェ総合 (@animate_cafe) March 19, 2018…

3 Important Policies to Follow When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki in Japan generally follow Buddhist customs. Soon after the passing of a loved one, the deceased’s family holds a funeral service in either a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake or otsuya, wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues come together…