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The Rainy Season’s Happy Guests: Creepy Insects

Japan’s rainy season can be very polarizing: some love the constant rainy days, while others hate not being able to recognize the rain from their sweat due to the high humidity. The rainy season starts during the second or third weeks of June and lasting roughly a month, though seasonal lags can sometimes see the…

Learning About the Japanese Lifestyle Through Anime

Anime, as we all know, plays an important role in the lives of Japanese. When you say the word “anime,” the first word that comes to mind is “Japan/Japanese.” But first of all, let’s start with the basics – what is anime and how does it differ from regular cartoons? What is anime? jp.fotolia.com/ Anime…

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

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. Nowadays, in most western countries, they are considered to be simply personal body art.…

9 Interesting Sites to Visit in Kyoto

As the old capital of Japan, Kyoto lives up to its name with a variety of historical landmarks visitors flock to. If you are making plans to visit Kyoto, these sights can provide a colorful backdrop to your trip. No matter your interests, Kyoto’s well-preserved historical buildings create a city rich in character and beauty.…

The Old and The New- Harajuku, Tokyo

Culture and fashion smoothly collide in the popularly known neighborhood of Harajuku in Tokyo. This area is known for its kawaii vibe and pop culture craze due to the boutiques, thrift shops, themed cafes, and the bold fashion statements made by the people walking its streets. As a tourist in the area, it was unbelievable…

How to Cheaply Shop at Uniqlo; the Biggest Fashion Retail of Japan

With more than 800 stores, Uniqlo is almost in every city of Japan. Even if you live in the suburb or the rural part of Japan, you will find one of their big stores not so far from your residence. It is the go-to destination to buy clothes for many Japanese which is not surprising…

Travel to Japan: 13 Places To Visit In Nakameguro

Looking for a new place to discover in Tokyo? Why not head to Nakameguro? This famous residential neighborhood is just a 20-minute bus ride or 3-4 minutes train ride from Shibuya Station. Nakameguro becomes popular during the spring for the cherry blossoms, but it’s more than just a cherry blossom hotspot. Here are 13 places…
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Japan Travel Tips: 10 Things to do in Ehime Prefecture

Ehime is a beautiful and scenic prefecture located in Shikoku Island. Matsuyama is the prefectural city and other cities include Uchiko, Ozu, and Uwajima. Ehime prefecture was used to be called Iyo Province, up until the Meiji Restoration. “Ehime” means “lovely princess”, and was used as its name in the kuniumi part of the Kojiki.…

It’s Your Loss If You Don’t Know About This Voluntary Tax System in Japan

At the mention of taxes, the typical impression is that it’s something which we are legally obligated to pay. However, do you know that there is a voluntary tax system in Japan which calls upon the people to pay taxes on their own initiative and that there have been a significant number of people who…

5 Japanese Things That the Visitors Find Amazing

Aside from ancient castles, breathtaking views and rich culture, there is more to Japan’s amazingness than the tourists spot. Check out the below quirks that you can only find in Japan and that seem to blow first-time travelers’ minds away. 1. Washlets jp.fotolia.com/ There are two types of toilets in Japan. The squat type and…