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Japanese Balcony Etiquette – 4 Unspoken Rules!

So, you moved to Japan and found yourself a nice abode to lay your head. Great view, great price, and a great cultural experience. jp.fotolia.com/ Here are a few balcony rules that you may not be aware of! Balcony rules and culture vary greatly from country to country, but Japan, as always, is a little……

Experience the Japanese Elementary School at the Rokunen Yonkumi Izakaya in Tokyo and Osaka!

Have you ever wondered how it would feel like to go to a Japanese Elementary School? While a full-grown foreign adult may not know the experience, wearing a yellow cap on your head and a randoseru (backpack) on your back were the main points that we’ve always seen. View this post on Instagram 先日は友達の誕生日祝いしてきました⊂( *・ω・…

4 Most Visited Places in Japan You Ought to See for Yourself

Japan is indeed abundant with picturesque environment making it one of the best places in Asia to visit. From its natural landscapes, its culture, festivities, and even man-made creations, Japan has been known to have it all. With the hundreds and even thousands places worth visiting around the country, it is understandable if you would…

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, what is anime and how does it differ from regular cartoons? What is anime? jp.fotolia.com/ Anime is a short word for animation.…

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.…

3 Yummiest Japanese Strawberry Types – From Albinos to Giants

Japan produces many premium variants of strawberries such as the white strawberries, Aiberry and Skyberry. As of March 2015, there are now about 253 luxury variants of strawberries in Japan! 1. Hatsukoi no Kaori View this post on Instagram White strawberry♡ I will have this every spring in Japan but this year I don't get…

Visit This Traditional Boutique in Tokyo Selling Unique Japanese Toothpicks

You may have seen unique boutiques in Japan that sell expensive fruits, lacquerware, traditional dresses, and more. Even though Japan has become a beacon of modernization in this new age, there are still a lot of traditional things that the country holds onto with utmost value. In Tokyo, there is a store that can take…

Fashionable twists of the Japanese high school uniforms

jp.fotolia.com/ When you visit Japan, you will see many high school students wearing their uniforms absolutely everywhere! Especially girls who wear EXTREMELY short skirts just like the girl in the photo. They are called “JK”, which is an abbreviation of “Joshi-Kosei”. “Joshi” means girl, and ” Kosei” means high school student. So, that literally means…

Up for a Challenge? Try These 5 Strange Japanese Foods!

When visiting Japan, you might be surprised to see the types of food that Japanese people eat. There is a high chance that you will find some things that you have never tasted before. If you ever come across any of these, don’t be afraid to try them; they might taste better than you think.…
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Important Things to Know About Japan’s Refugee Policy

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who is living outside of one’s home country in fear of being persecuted on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, or social or political affiliation and is unable to return home. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as war, and regular…