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Spending a Great Day in Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji

Without a doubt, Kyoto has become one of tourists’s favorite cities in Japan because of its intact and well preserved cultural heritage sites. The city contains numerous shrines and temples, and it’s surrounded by beautiful nature that turns into vibrant shades of red in autumn or delicate blooms of white and pink in spring. There…

Changes Happening to Tokyo Prior to the 2020 Olympics

With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparation for the games. These changes won’t happen overnight, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure, accommodations, technology, and entertainment…

Merry… KFC? Why Do People in Japan Celebrate Christmas With KFC?

Have you ever wondered how Japanese people celebrate Christmas? After all, Christmas is not a national holiday, and less than once percent of the population are Christians. Nevertheless, Christmas has had a huge impact in Japan with a big exception when compared to other countries that celebrate this holiday: there is absolutely no religion attached…

Kamata: The Last Rooftop Ferris Wheel

In the past, department stores in Japan were a common place for families to hang out. Because of this, and to appeal to more and more families, some department stores had amusement parks on their rooftops; and the most popular ride that could be found was the Ferris wheel, which provided a majestic view of…

After Nintendo Won, What Happened to MariCar?

After Nintendo won a lawsuit against MariCar, which allowed people to drive around the streets of Tokyo wearing costumes as if they were characters from Nintendo’s popular video game Mario Kart, what exactly happened to MariCar? Due to the ruling, some worried that MariCar would cease to exist, but the company found a way to…

Kuidaore Taro: Insanely Famous, and Insanely Creepy

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are associated with restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. この投稿をInstagramで見る Yasutaka Asakura(@asakuraskate)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 7月月12日午後8時51分PDT One of Dōtonbori’s, and perhaps…

Kinky, Sexy, Naughty, Sex Museum!

Atami (熱海) is a city located on the coast in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) of Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島). It is adjacent to Tokyo (東京) and Hakone (箱根), making it one of the most frequented cities in the region. Thousands of tourists visit Atami every year, discovering its famous onsen (温泉; hot springs), museums, and culture. この投稿をInstagramで見る…

Valley of Dolls: a Japanese Ghost Village

With a low birthrate and an aging population, the aftermath of the effects of Japan’s shrinking population is worse outside the big cities. The charm of big cities is obvious: shopping centers are everywhere, convenience stores are nearby, and most importantly, there are plenty of schools and work opportunities. That’s why the number of young…

Yakuza: The Mystery Behind the Japanese Mafia

We all have heard of the word “Yakuza” but some only have a faint idea of what it really means. The majority of Japanese people are unaware or scared when asked about this word, which has become a taboo, somehow. So, who are they and why does the Japanese society fear them? jp.fotolia.com/ Organized Crime…