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9 Must-Read Contemporary Japanese Novels

Japan has what some people claim to be a unique culture. The country has a long and great history and traditions that have stood the test of time. Not only that, but many subcultures are quite unique in Japan, too, attracting a lot of attention from other countries. These include movies, music, and even typical…

The Dangerously Beautiful Japanese Actress Kuriyama Chiaki

Back in 2003, Kuriyama Chiaki (栗山千明) made her Hollywood debut starring in Kill Bill, the highly violent and action-packed movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. Though her role was minor, she left us all speechless with her stunning performance and made Gogo Yubari one of our favorite movie villains. To some Western viewers, she might look…

4 Chinese Foods to Try in Kobe’s Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown is also known as 南京町 (Nankinmachi), translated as Nanjing Town from Chinese. The town is located only a 3-minute walk from Motomachi Station, Kobe. You can get to this station from Osaka by taking either the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line or the JR Kobe Line Hanshin train from Umeda Station (this takes around 40-50…

Women’s Fashion and the Transformation from Kimono to Today’s Crazy Trends

Fashion has always been a vital part of everyone’s daily life, especially in Japan, where it is described as one of the biggest fashion centers of the world, where many styles are born, both high-class and street-style. So do you wonder how Japan can be so diverse, and yet have the perfect sense of fashion…

How to Get Contraception in Japan

In Japan, many residents or visitors from other countries may find it difficult to access contraceptives other than condoms. Without preparation beforehand, foreigners have struggled when realizing this during their stay in Japan. Not only do you need to go to a maternity clinic to receive a prescription, contraception is not covered by health insurance.…

Tips on Where to Eat on a Tight Budget in Japan!

For some travellers, traveling in Japan is quite expensive even when it’s not peak season. Transportation, accommodation and food expenses will be the main concerns everyone has to consider. How to have an unforgettable trip but also having something spare for any subsequent trips? For instance, visiting various attractions, doing lots of shopping and at…

Japan on the Cheap: Free Sightseeing Spots at Popular Destinations

For all the travellers out there, especially those who have the desire to explore more of Japan, you might notice that transportation fees in Japan aren’t cheap at all. Also, if you happen to travel in the peak season, your wallet gets lighter quickly because of accommodation expenses, not to mention the entrance tickets you…

10 Tips For Worry–Free Travel in Japan

Travelling in a foreign country may be rather challenging, especially if you do not speak its language. How to prepare for your trip in Japan and make it smoother than ever? 1. Rent a pocket WiFi jp.fotolia.com/ Mobile broadband services and plans are quite expensive in Japan. You should purchase or rent the ‘Pocket WiFi’…

Bucket list: Top 5 things to do in Japan

There are many things to do in cool countries like Japan. However, as a tourist, you may not have enough time to figure out what is worth to try especially in a limited time. This is the list of ten unique things to experience in Japan. 1. Eat ramen/udon/soba They are many types of noodles…

Experience Beppu Like-no-other! (in Oita Prefecture)

If you are in Beppu in the middle of summer season, under the heat, feeling confused as if hot springs are your only choice or not, look no further, because below are some better ways for you to enjoy your summer stay in Beppu!!! 1. Beppu Global Towers (Architecture) Beppu Global Tower is a precious…