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Lolita Fashion Types and Sub-Genres

Being famous for delicious food, exotic culture and a different lifestyle, Japan also has a very intense youth culture with a wide range of fashion styles. One smaller sub-culture would be Lolita fashion. First of all, there is no connection with the novel written by Vladimir Nabokov or the related Lolita complex which describes the…

Valley of Dolls: a Japanese Ghost Village

With a low birthrate and an aging population the aftermath of the shrinking population is worse outside the big cities. In places where the next doctor is far away or entertainment is limited, it is not surprising that remote places like Nagoro city on Shikoku Island, Japan, have the number of citizens drastically decreasing too.…
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3 Reasons Why the Japanese Don’t Talk on the Phone on Public Transport

Japan is a country with many rules. There is no need to worry too much if you do not know all of them, as most of them are manners and not criminal offenses! But you will likely notice some differences between Japan and the rest of the world when it comes to etiquette on public…

From Cute to Scary: 3 Common Animals in Japanese Wildlife

Japan, as a country, is not only made of big crowded cities but is also a home to abundant nature covered with mountains and trees. As these places are not a favorable environment for living, most people live on coastal plains. Most of these places are left untouched by humans making it a suitable place…

Why foreigners in Japan are creepy but it is OK!

Japan – with all its facets – is a mysterious and very exotic country. Foreigners get either to love it or stay forever puzzled. And those who stay longer here surpass a queer metamorphosis. They become extremely strange and will never be able to recover, me included. jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese who stay abroad and come back…

Furoshiki Shoes: Wrappable, Comfortable and fashionable!!

Like many other things in Japan, ‘furoshiki’(風呂敷) has survived many centuries. Literally translated meaning ‘bath cloth’, it almost went forgotten after WW2. jp.fotolia.com/ Since the convenient bag/wrapping/decoration cloth got mostly replaced by plastic bags, it only experienced a revival in the new millennium with Japanese artists modernising it and trying to get back to old…
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3 Culinary Delights to Try in the Old Capital Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…

New Standardized Symbols To Help Foreigners Understand Toilets In Time For The Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in Japan are generally more elaborate…

Traveling to Aomori? Here Are 3 Apple-Based Souvenirs That You Should Buy in 2019

Aomori is popular for ferry boats as it is considered a port town at the northernmost part of Honshu. It is also known for Nebuta Matsuri, one of the largest Japanese festivals held in summer. The place is perfect if you’d like to indulge in abundant nature and ancient atmosphere. Besides scenic landscapes, it also…

Top 10 Attractions in Tokyo Disneyland!

Japan attracts thousands of tourists yearly and its capital is surely the most visited city. Popular spots include temples, skyscraper districts, and a lot of shopping areas. However, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have many crowds coming from abroad every year and statistics show up that the number of visitors grew up considerably. A post…