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A Full Day Adventure: Happo Pond Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for an easy full day adventure in the Hakuba area? Then a hike up to Happoike or Happo Pond is just perfect. It is not a strenuous hike as the gondola and chairlifts will provide you a lift and you can enjoy the short hike to Happo Pond at a leisurely pace. This hike…

Shin-Okubo: The Korean Town of Tokyo, Japan

If you are looking for anything Korean from food, to cosmetics, to souvenirs, to anything related to K-pop or your favorite Korean idols, head to Shin-Okubo! It is located north of Shinjuku with Shin-Okubo station on the Yamanote line as the best access to the area. After exiting the station head to the right and…

Is it Cute or Awkward?

There is no doubt that as a foreigner living or visiting Japan, you have at least observed a few things that you think are bizarre and awkward but are seen as perfectly normal or even ‘cute’ by Japanese people. Here is a short list of things most Japanese consider cute, but they may be awkward…

Climbing Japan’s Tallest Mountain, Fuji: A Personal Experience

Almost everyone who visits or moves to Japan has Mt Fuji in his or her must see list. It can be just to see it up close or hike up the Mt Fuji. Those who do not have the strength or simply time to scale the 3,776-meter World Heritage site can take buses from Fujisan…

5 Signs that you have been “Japanized”

If you have lived for a certain duration of time in a different country other than your own with a different set of values and customs, chances are you will eventually adopt certain actions or habits of that country. These habits and actions are picked up by associating yourself with the locals in the workplace,…

A Hidden Healing Paradise: Kamikochi, Nagano

Kamikochi Kamikochi (上高地, Kamikōchi) is a mountain resort located in the Northern Alps, Nagano Prefecture only accessible between mid-April to mid-November. It is under Chubu Sangaku Park and is off-limits to private vehicles restricting access using only buses and taxis. It can be accessed by train and bus from Matsumoto Station if you are coming…