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The Possibilities Within Osaka- 5 Places You Must See!

Osaka is a special city. As soon as you arrive you can easily tell things are completely different, which is what makes it so fun. Osaka is a bit more disorganized, a bit more hectic, and a bit louder. People will stand on the right side of the escalator, rather than the typical left, or…
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Whiskey Hunting: 6 Places to Buy Japanese Whiskey in Osaka

Whiskey, or ‘the water of life’ is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages worldwide. There are many types and classes of whiskey across the globe, but a new type of whiskey is becoming increasingly popular: Japanese Whiskey. Whiskey is commonly distilled from fermented grain mash and typically aged in wooden casks of oak. Japanese…

How to Plan the Ultimate Trip to Japan

Planning a trip to Japan can be daunting. You need to decide when to go, what attractions you want to go to, where to stay, and how to get to and between those locations. Even with an unlimited budget, your stay in Japan is only for a limited time, so decisions must be made. In…

Japan Loves New York? The Statue of Liberty in Japan

Visitors to Odaiba Island while in Tokyo might catch a curious sight in the corner of their eye: A replica of the Statue of Liberty silhouetted against Tokyo Bay. This landmark is just one of many interesting sights to see on the island, but how did it get there? We’ll tell you the history behind…
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I Can’t Hear You! Working At An Osaka Eikaiwa

Starting out in a new endeavor will always come with its fair share of hardships, challenges, and frustrations. This was no exception for me as I began life in Japan, and started as a first-time English teacher. Osaka is a wonderful city, and I had the privilege to work in Umeda, a huge, booming district…

Why Are Some Japanese Renting Lovers, Friends, and Family Members?

Your love life is nonexistent. After moving to Tokyo to focus on your career, your office has become your home and your social interactions have plummeted to levels you had never imagined. After devoting most of your day to all the tasks your boss gives you, you get home so late you don’t have time…

Why Are Grandpas and Grandmas Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

Syphilis On the Rise!

A recent trend has been causing havoc inside the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Syphilis, a disease that had been in decline ever since the end of World War II has been making a comeback; its rise, completely the opposite of subtle, put everyone on a state of alert…
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Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition to Visit in Osaka

With the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, the series experienced a “rebirth”. A new manga serialization and anime series were announced, and many merchandise were released, such as figures, ichiban kuji and even café collaborations. It seems like Cardcaptor Sakura is everywhere again these days. And it’s not even surprising why Cardcaptor Sakura is still…
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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…