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Top 5 Most Ridiculous Misconceptions About Japan

Oh my God, are you going to Japan? The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha are my favorite movies! Just don’t get too involved with some manga looking Japanese hottie, okay? Oh and take care with what you eat, I heard radiation poisoning is huge over there, okay? Ever been told anything like this?…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…

Why Are Many Women in Japan Stay-At-Home Wives? Here Are 6 Reasons

Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master’s degree, I was quite surprised to find out that…

4 of the Most Impressive 2016-2017 Winter Illuminations in Japan

Winter is already here and the best way to celebrate it is, of course, to decorate all the city streets with colorful bright lights to express the joy of the season. While all countries do their best to impress their citizens with the blindingly bright decorations, there is something about the holiday season in Japan…

Did You Miss New Year in Japan? A Guide to Spending Your Next New Year in Nara

2016 is already here, and yet it’s never too late to take a look at the Japanese way of spending the night between years, and the first day of the new year. And what better place to explore the oshougatsu (お正月) practices, than the old capital, Nara. If you’re looking to spend the New Year…

9 Locations in Toyama So Beautiful You Won’t Believe They Exist on Earth

Hokuriku. The North-East of Japan, facing the Japanese Alps on the West and the Japan Sea on the East. A place where the famous nature of contrasts of the island comes alive. A place where you would endure a Siberian cold during the winter, but also enjoy the sun and the waves during summer on…

5 Strangest Japanese Cafes and Bars You Never Knew Existed

If you thought cafes are only for drinking coffee, here is something to get you thinking… I’ve always thought that if there is any place where weird inventions come to life in this world, it most certainly is Japan. As I mentioned in my previous article, marketers in Japan seem to never run out of…

5 Indispensable Services Offered by Japanese Convenience Stores

Everyone that has been to Japan and entered a convenience store must have noticed that in addition to the items you can purchase, there are a few services that are most indispensable to everyday life. In this article, I will focus on 5 of the most interesting of them that I found while living in…

6 Strange Japanese Food Trends to Tickle your Fancy

No matter how long you live in Japan, there will still be a lot of things to surprise you every day. Maybe it’s the innovative and restless nature of the Japanese to always come up with something new, something extravagant, something nobody ever thought of. Or if they did, they were too scared to try…

5 Effective Ways to Help you Learn Japanese!

Whether you started on a whim, or it was your life dream, learning Japanese, as enthralling and challenging as it might seem, is never a light task to achieve. The three writing systems, the huge amount of characters you have to memorize, the different levels of speech politeness, the douon igigo 同音異義語 or homophones, make…