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4 Classic Foods You Will Learn to Love Living in Japan

When you move to a new place (particularly one so far from home) there are lots of things you will need to get used to. Some things will be easy to adapt to, and others will take more time. One thing that ex-pats frequently have to get used to are new food types and changes…

15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

10 Must-Try Activities Around the Sakurajima Volcano in Kagoshima

Just outside of Kagoshima City lies an active volcano, Sakurajima. When visiting the city, you will definitely see it, or at least see the effect it has on its surroundings. Sometimes, it plumes ash up into the air that floats down into the city, coating everything with a fine layer of black dust. Whilst the…

3 Delicious Food Specialties Not to Miss When Visiting Iwakuni, Yamaguchi!

Located on the west side of Japan is Yamaguchi, a prefecture that is about a 5-hour train ride by Shinkansen from Tokyo. Yamaguchi is popular for its Kintai Bridge that is located in Iwakuni and is also a prefecture that is popular during spring for the sakura hanami. But aside from that, there are many…

Ehime: The Land of Mikans (Satsuma Mandarins)

When you hear of mikan, you probably do not think of any specific place in Japan. Least of all a prefecture on the small island of Shikoku. But! Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku produces over 250,000 tons of mikan every year! Mikan are Ehime’s speciality, with everything from shirts to socks to stores being dedicated to…

6 Best Types of Fruit Picking in Japan

In Japan, fruit picking is a popular activity among tourists and also Japanese people. The type of fruits for this fruit picking activity varies according to the seasons. The usual procedure is that you will be given 30 minutes to 1 hour of time to eat the fruits as many as you can at a…