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No Makeup, No Life!? What do the Japanese Think of Makeup?

Japanese people are generally regarded to be very good-looking, which is often attributed to good skincare. The key to the Japanese natural look lies within some ‘secret’ beauty products. Beauty is important, but in the process of pursuing good skin many people tend to omit or even forget to apply makeup. In many countries around…

Revisit the Highly Underrated Utada Hikaru Album: Exodus

Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) released an English album titled Exodus, in 2004 in an attempt to break into the Western market. The album was not well-received in the United States. Utada has mentioned that it is a very experimental, mad scientist kind of album. Many songs on this album do have pretty unique sounds. However, many…

3 Hollywood Celebrities and Their Top-Secret Japanese Commercials

With the westernization of Japan, Hollywood actors have been invited to attract more consumers to subscribe to various Japanese products and services. However, Hollywood actors sometimes do not report that they starred in a commercial (CM) endorsing bags, beverages, and other products outside the US because of the stigma that their value as a serious…

Spirited Away – the Most Successful Movie in Japanese History

One magical animation created by Studio Ghibli is entitled “Spirited Away.” It tells about a typical Japanese family moving into a new neighborhood but unintentionally entering the spirits’ world. The film was released on July 20th, 2001, became one of the most successful films in Japanese movie history, and received a widespread critical acclaim. The…

Top 5 Fun-to-drive Japanese Kei-Cars

It’s not outrageous to say that you can find a Japanese car in any country with a road these days. With large shares held by Japanese automakers in North America and Europe, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, just to name a few are global competitors in the automotive industry. Although Japanese manufacturers sell similar or the same…

Japanese Church Weddings: Christian Only for a Moment

What do you think when you think of a Japanese wedding? Perhaps the bride’s white wedding kimonos and the red paper umbrellas and the wooden temples come to mind. However, the reality is that traditional Japanese weddings are expensive, and prohibitively so for many young couples struggling to start their new lives together. So instead…

Try the Best Beer in Japan, Kirin Beer

You might have come across the brand name Kirin during one of your visits in the supermarket. This is a popular beverage brand in Japan which is headquartered in Nakano-ku of Tokyo. The word “kirin” means giraffe in Japanese. However, Kirin Brewery has been named after the Chinese word “Quilin,” meaning a mythical hooved chimerical…

2 Popular Youth Hostels in Kyoto: An Affordable Stay in Japan

If absolute privacy isn’t your topmost priority and you’d like to save some money during your travel in Japan, a youth hostel might be the answer to it. Youth hostels originated in Germany more than 10 decades ago. They are available in 87 countries all over the world. Various youths from different countries of multicultural…

Get to Know Parasites a Bit Better: Meguro Parasitological Museum

Humans are perfect hosts to nearly 300 parasitic worms around the world. Every day we come in contact with these organisms. Our knowledge of parasitic infections dates back to antiquity. The description of parasites and parasitic infections are found in the early human writings.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by…

3 Recommended Guesthouse Search Websites

Where would you like to stay in Japan? Do you want to stay at a luxury hotel? Or do you want to experience Japanese culture at Onsen Ryokans? But don’t forget about guest houses! In guest houses, you can communicate with people from all around Japan and all over the world. If you want to…