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Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Japanese authors often enjoy discussing books and writing in their fiction. They enjoy writing, and they also enjoy cats (something we cat lovers can rejoice in). The Travelling Cat Chronicles is no exception. Arikawa certainly isn’t the first Japanese author to celebrate the ways of the feline and follows in the footsteps of writers such as: Natsume …

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7 Female East Asian Writers to Move your Heart and your Mind

In so many ways, the women of East Asian literature are the prominent voices of their cultures today. The best East Asian writers are women. In Japan and Korea especially, those writers who have the greatest clarity of mind and creative spirits are insightful, fascinating, and imaginative women. Women who speak for the sidelined and …

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Common Japanese Phrases You Should Know

The Japanese language is very distinct from English, most notably in its grammar. To give an example, a sentence like “I eat rice without chopsticks” would be ordered grammatically in Japanese like “chopsticks without I rice eat”. However, this difference doesn’t make travelling across Japan impossible without being fluent. A few common Japanese phrases can …

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Book and Bed: The Best Book Hostel in Tokyo

Claiming this is the best place to stay in Tokyo is a bold one. yes, this is a city brimming with world-class accommodation but Book and Bed certainly belongs up there with the best. Books, travelling, and sleeping are my three favourite things. And Japan is my favourite country, full of wonderful arts and culture …

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How to Spend a Perfect Day in Daimyo Fukuoka

Wondering what to do in Fukuoka? Try exploring Daimyo. Daimyo Fukuoka is a tiny quarter in the heart of the city that very much defines the soul of the city. Daimyo is the slightly older, calmer, chicer hipster cousin to Tokyo’s Harajuku and it hides many of the best things to do in Fukuoka. The …

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24 Hours in Higashiyama & Gion (A Kyoto Itinerary)

Home to everything that traditional Kyoto has to offer, photogenic districts like Higashiyama and Gion plunge you into a world of Shinto shrines, rickshaws, cobblestone streets, and Buddhist temples. Far from sleepy, however, you can also enjoy boutique shopping, sake bars, cafes, and tea shops without ever leaving this dynamic neighbourhood. Discover historical Kyoto with …

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6 Must-Visit Osaka Museums

Osaka doesn’t immediately unfold its history in the same way its neighbor Kyoto does. Nevertheless, the city houses some unique cultural museums which will take you on a journey through the fascinating story behind Japan’s third-largest city. Here’s a round-up of the five best Osaka museums, from ramen to whisky and beyond. Osaka is perhaps …

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Cycle Osaka: Explore Japan Like a Local

Osaka is a wonderful city; full of seemingly endless things to fascinate the foodie, the nerd, the history buff, and the culture-seeker. I’ve never experienced a vibe quite like the one I did in Osaka. With so many things to do in Osaka, it’s almost easy to get overwhelmed. Being a short hop from both …

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5 Days in Tokyo (The Essential Japan Itinerary)

From the moment you master the sprawling train network that governs this city, the vast metropolis of Tokyo starts to unfurl before you. This is the city where you’ll find ancient shrines just moments away from drip coffee stores and boutiques, where women in kimono brush shoulders with suited individuals rushing to work. It’s a …

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25 Exciting Bars in Tokyo (by District)

Wondering where to find the best bars in Tokyo? Tokyo has it all when it comes to nightlife. There are cozy whiskey bars serving pours from rare bottles, quirky gamer bars with Nintendo systems, and glitzy cocktail bars where white-jacket bartenders serve balanced cocktails in the city’s high-rises. Most have some small snacks to keep …

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