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A Conversation with Joe: Navigating Burnout and Family Life in Japan

Each time I sit down with a foreign professional in Japan, I can’t help but think what a treat it is to talk with them. Each person offers not only vast amounts of insight into the industry and culture of Japan today, but also that of the last dozen years. It is one thing to…

The Top 5 Traditional Japanese Fashions You Can Still See in the Streets Today

As much as Japan is a popular country for its pioneering in technological advancements, it is also a country that greatly values its heritage and tradition. In fact, a lot of Japan’s annual festivals, celebrations and present-day practices can be attributed to customs from centuries ago, which are, these days, updated thanks to recent technologies.…

See the Curious Belly Button Festival in Furano, Hokkaido

Furano (富良野) is a beautiful small town famous for lavender farms, located in the middle of the mountains in Hokkaido (北海道). It is covered with thick white snow in the winter but becomes a paradise filled with colorful flowers in the warmer months. Nicknamed ‘Lavender Town’ because of its lavender farms, Furano has a lot…