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10 Awesome Songs Inspired by Japan (Playlist)

It’s very easy to be inspired by Japan as an artist. From authors like Arthur Golden and David Mitchell to filmmakers like Martin Scorcese, Japan has sparked creativity in artists the world over. This, of course, also extends to music. Bands and musicians around the world have taken inspiration from Japanese art, music, language, aesthetics, …

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Kokeshi Dolls (こけし): Everything You Need to Know

Showcasing the imagination of the artists, kokeshi dolls take a simple idea and demonstrate stunning artwork, giving us characters to be treasured. They have changed a lot over the years but several details remain, including their limbless physique and vibrant hand-painted bodies. Find out everything about kokeshi dolls, from their history to how they are …

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An Intro to Lofi (Top 6 Chill Japanese Lofi Playlists)

Discover Japanese lofi with an introduction to the genre and six lofi playlists that will transport you to another world. For so many reasons, modern life is full of stresses and anxiety is at an all-time high. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever your age or your job, you need downtime. You need relaxation, …

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A Complete Guide To Japanese Izakaya (居酒屋)

Here’s what to expect when you visit a Japanese izakaya for the first time, as well as what food and drinks you’ll find on an izakaya menu. The Japanese izakaya is, to put it simply, Japan’s answer to a British pub. Famed for delicious Japanese drinks and jaw-dropping Japanese food, Japanese izakaya are places that …

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5 Things to do in Okinawa, Japan (In Bad Weather)

In the event of unfortunate and unpredictable tropical weather, here are some amazing things to do in Okinawa, Japan regardless of the state of the weather. Sooner or later, it will rain on your trip to Okinawa. The reason why it often rains on weekends in urban areas is due to the build-up of pollution …

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13 Japanese Cookbooks 2021 (for Inspiring Home Cooking)

Treat yourself to one of these Japanese cookbooks and learn how to cook your favourites from ramen and sushi to delicious Japanese comfort food dishes. With Japanese cuisine being one of the most renowned, beautiful, and respected cuisines in the world, it’s easy to feel intimidated when attempting it yourself. Japanese cooking often looks impossible …

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Top 10 Most Stunning Libraries (In the World)

Whether you like to hibernate in a corner with your favourite reads or scour shelves searching for new knowledge – libraries can transport you to another world. Despite the modern emergence of digital over print, libraries retain their aura of significance and continue to be places of happiness and comfort for many people. Top 10 …

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In Tokyo: The World’s Largest (And Smallest) Bookstores

Tokyo is full of quirks. That might, in fact, be the most obvious and understated thing we’ve ever said. Did you know Tokyo holds the world’s biggest and smallest bookstores? Get ready to explore Tokyo’s most interesting bookstores. While it might be a land of salarymen being driven to karoshi — death by overwork — …

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10 Best Anime for Beginners (New & Classic Anime)

There are few fandoms as enthusiastic and impassioned as the anime fan community. For this reason, it can be quite intimidating to figure out where to start when looking to get into anime. Hopping on Reddit and asking for the best anime for beginners will undoubtedly spark a heated debate that will leave you feeling …

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5 Magical Kanazawa Onsen You Must Experience

Kanazawa is one of the great historic cities of Japan: a place near the coast, not too far from Tokyo, which embodies the image so many of us have in our heads of that Heian Period Japan. Kanazawa provides world of Shinto shrines, torii gates, and open-air onsen. And the Kanazawa onsen are certainly one …

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