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All about the SHISA Lions of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands, but many people simply call them Okinawa because two thirds of them form the Okinawa prefecture of Japan. In the center…

Where to Take Great Photos of Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji is an iconic mountain and now an UNESCO World Heritage site. Mt Fuji has been central to the Japanese spirit for hundreds of years and has been a site of pilgrimage. The climbing season of Mt Fuji is short, just two months in July and August each year because the conditions on Mt…

Discover Japan`s Strange Vegetables – Slimy, Bitter, Unique, Tasty…

When I order a meal in Japan, I am often surprised by a type of vegetable that is unfamiliar to my Western palate. Sometimes it’s a horrible surprise, but sometimes it can be surprisingly tasty! So what are these strange vegetables – what do they look like and how do they taste? Here is my…
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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…

Experience Small-Town Life in Tamana, Kumamoto

If you have already seen the sights of Kumamoto and find yourself at a tourism loss of what to do, consider a day trip to the nearby city of Tamana for an outing that combines history, culture and relaxation. Location   View this post on Instagram   #repost @3oni6 via @PhotoAroundApp #とつけむにゃあ玉名 #タマてバコ #ななつ星 #ななつ星in九州…

Yokobachi – Top Restaurant for a Local Kumamoto–Style Meal

Whether you’re in Kumamoto as a resident or a tourist, trying the local food should be top of your to-do list. Each region in Japan has its own specialist dishes, and Kumamoto has some particularly delectable treats to try out. If you want an authentic experience of eating traditional, local food, check out the popular…

Walking Along the Rainbow Bridge Into Odaiba

There are many famous bridges in the world. England has its London Bridge, Australia its Harbour Bridge, and America its Golden Gate. Not to be outdone, in 1993, the Japanese built their own bridge “attraction” in Tokyo (東京) and named it Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ). However, unlike Sydney and San Francisco, Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge is pedestrian-friendly…

5 Differences Between Yukatas and Kimonos You Didn’t Know About

It is very easy to recognise the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…
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How Does Tokyo Deal With Its Huge Population?

Tokyo is a monster of a city, with an enormous headcount of over 13 million people. That’s a huge number to imagine, but to actually see even a small portion of that number in one place is pretty amazing. Tokyo’s most populous areas get incredibly crowded; Shibuya’s famous “Scramble” sees over a thousand crossers per…