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Japanese Tattoos: The Meaning of Irezumi and the Most Popular Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Do you have a tattoo? If not, perhaps you are thinking of getting one. Many people have tattoos that symbolize things that are important to them, such as people, places, or nostalgic memories. Tattoos have different meanings around the world; for example, they have held different significant meanings in various tribes and religions for years.…

The meaning of “Daijoubu”: How and When to Use It

During your trips to Japan, you will, of course, hear people all around you speaking Japanese. Common words and expressions you may encounter include “kawaii” (cute), “samui” (cold), “atsui” (hot) “ne!” (a tag question meaning “isn’t it?”, “aren’t you?”, etc), arigatou (thank you) and “mata ne” (see you), and more. Have you ever come across…
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Japanese Sake: Best Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter!

Humidity in Japan is pretty high so sometimes it feels colder than dry air, the reason being that high humidity in lower temperatures increases the conduction of heat from the body so Japan`s winter can be quite rough in some areas. The last thing you feel like doing after freezing through a work day is…

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…
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For Racing Fans: Top 8 Race Circuits in Japan

Many tourists may not notice, but lurking within the quiet and peaceful natural landscapes of Japan are kilometers of asphalt-laid race courses home to motorsport activities such as Formula 1 and the Super GT championships. For all you racing junkies, here are the top 8 racing circuits you must visit while in East Japan. 1.…
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Save more Japanese yen with the Nanaco card

Every bill, every dime. Whatever form of money, you name it, Japan has it! Japan is a country of handy dandy’s and if you’re not riding the wave then you’ll get washed out behind. In Japan, point cards can save you from high expenses as your rewards add up while using it. One of the…

5 Fun and Free Things to Do on Your Birthday in Japan

Birthdays come in a limited number, so it is important to make the most out of the ones that you get! If you happen to be lucky enough to be spending your birthday in Japan, there are plenty of benefits that come with your special day. Here are five things not to miss out on!…

Top 5 Spots You Must Experience in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Minato Mirai 21 (横浜みなとみらい21) is the biggest business, shopping, and tourism district in all of Yokohama. It is just a few minutes by train from Yokohama Station using the Minatomirai Line, or about 40 minutes away from Tokyo Station. Though there are countless things to see and do in this area, here are five recommendations…
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