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Why foreigners in Japan are creepy but it is OK!

Japan – with all its facets – is a mysterious and very exotic country. Foreigners get either to love it or stay forever puzzled. And those who stay longer here surpass a queer metamorphosis. They become extremely strange and will never be able to recover, me included. jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese who stay abroad and come back…

Fast Food in Japan: Quick, Cheap but Not “Junk”

When hearing the words fast food, the global chain restaurants such as Mc Donald’s or Burger King or other famous ones come to our minds first. As it may be commonly known, fast food can also be referred to as “junk” food because it is not considered very healthy. The associations we have with it…

Make Your Own Soba at This Traditional Noodle House in Gunma, Japan

Soba (そば) is a delicious buckwheat noodle dish that can be enjoyed either hot or cold in various sauces and broths. You can get them in most parts of Japan, and like any food, they vary in freshness and quality. Surely most people would agree that fresher is better, and what could be fresher than…

7 Things to Do in Sawara, One of Japan’s Historically Important Districts

Sawara (佐原), an old and historical district in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県), possesses many important cultural properties. One of which is Sawara no Machinami (佐原の町並み), the area itself. It’s one of the Traditional Architectures Preservation Districts in Japan. For over a thousand years, Sawara had prospered as an accessible merchant town near the…

5 Reasons Why Japanese 7-Elevens Are the Best in the World

Ah, yes, 7-Eleven – everyone’s go-to convenience store. It’s one of those businesses that successfully breached geographical borders and offer goods to anyone on-the-go. Whether it’s a quick bite or a disposable item, 7-Eleven just always seem to have the right item at the right time. Same goes for the branches in Japan – only…

Have You Heard of This Traditional Japanese Tea House Hidden in Tokyo?

If you think you’ve explored everything Tokyo (東京) has to offer, think again. There’s a place in Jiyugaoka (自由が丘) that is literally hidden from the public eye but could make your jaw drop, especially if traditional Japan is your thing. Kosoan (古桑庵), a tea house, is a real hidden treasure which is open to guests…
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4 Things to Do in the Town of Uchiko, a Remnant of Rural Japan

One of the biggest attractions in Japan apart from the first-class technological advancements in the country is its traditional sites. From the rustic beauty of its ancient Shinto and Buddhist temples up to the pristine beauty of authentic Japanese residences, the country has a lot of sites to be proud of. Among these places is…

Try Green Tea Gelato Covered in Gold in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture This Summer!

Uji (宇治) is a small city in Kyoto (京都) highly popular for producing high-quality powdered green tea. It is one of the biggest tea producers in Japan. But did you know that there is another top tea-producing area closer to the capital city? Around 40% of Japan’s cultivated tea areas lie in the picturesque fields…

Into All Kinds of Toys? The International Tokyo Toy Show Is Perfect for You!

Just like any other country, Japan started with traditional toys. These are folk toys reflecting each region’s custom, history, and legend. Later on, modern toys emerged. The toy industry grew rapidly due to the country’s strict quality verification system. Although the number of children in Japan is rapidly decreasing, Japanese toys continue to maintain a…