Japan

Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple words…
Inokashira Zoo

Inokashira Zoo – a zoo within a park… a park within a zoo

Kichijoji – an area west of Tokyo, has a reputation for being one of the most livable places in Japan, and it’s easy to see why. One of its draw-cards is its lovely park, located south of the station. This park, perhaps one of the prettiest in Tokyo, has a beautiful forest-like feel to it.…
Travel to Hakone

Explore These 8 Popular Side Trips from Tokyo

Tokyo (東京) is unarguably the most popular destination in Japan and for the first timers, a visit to this modern capital is a must. Some might say that they never run out of things to do in Tokyo. But for others who have already been to this well-loved city and have already seen enough, then…

5 Delicious Sweets and Snacks You Can Buy at Family Mart in Japan

Convenience stores, locally called “Konbini” (コンビニ), are one of the favourite aspects of people living and staying in Japan. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They sell everything you need from food and drink to makeup, household supplies, alcohol, cigarettes, and handy items such as umbrellas. On top of that,…

10 Reasons Why Japan is the Best Place for Solo Travelers!

Traveling alone is always a unique experience, but it has its ups and downs. When you are traveling alone, it is best to research your destination and decide whether it is safe and fun to travel there solo. Some countries will be more suitable for solo travelers than others, and luckily for you, Japan is…

What are the Different Names of Japan?

There are many names of Japan in different languages. The name “Japan” is a relatively new name which has become popular in the West. It has evolved from the name “Iapam” which it was named by the Portuguese missionaries in the early 17th century. The French call it “Japon”. Nihon and Nippon jp.fotolia.com/ The Japanese…

15 Things to Be Aware of Before Travelling to Japan

Before making your way through the Land of the Rising Sun, get familiar with these 15 aspects of everyday life that will ensure you adhere to the respectful everyday etiquettes of the Japanese people. 1. No Tipping jp.fotolia.com/ There is no tipping in japan. It is considered rude to tip and I have had many…

Similarities and Differences between Japan and China

If you are a TEFL teacher living and working in Japan, chances are that this is not your first teaching position. In days gone by, travellers could make money as language teachers without any qualifications or teaching experience on their CV. These days it’s a different story – a TEFL teacher’s first position will often…
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