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5 Magical Things to Do in Kanazawa

Your search for the best things to do in Kanazawa ends here. Kanazawa was established in the early 19th century predominantly as an entertainment district for aristocrats and merchants and while much as been urbanised, there’s still plenty of charm and traditional architecture to be found. This post is more than just a list of …

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5 Shibuya Ramen Joints Worth the Hype

All the famous Japanese ramen franchises have a Shibuya store – Oreyu, Ippudo, Ichiran, Menya Musashi, Afuri, and just a cornucopia of deliciousness. While you can find these great ramens elsewhere too, here are some more or less one-of-a-kind Shibuya ramen joints to both satisfy your ramen hunger and thirst for new experiences. 5 Unique …

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10 Best Books on Japan (History & Culture)

There is so much beauty, mystery, and excitement to Japanese history and culture. The best books on Japan explore the art, theology, architecture, theatre, and food of Japan. To really understand Japan, it’s vital to get a rounded view of the Land of the Rising Sun by reading the best books on Japanese culture and …

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A Guide to Japanese Snacks (And Where to Buy Them)

We all love snack food, whether it be healthy or not. And we grow up with an appreciation for our own country’s snack foods, but discovering how other cultures do their snacking is always intriguing and exciting. Japan is a nation of healthy food that blurs the line between cuisine and art, but it is …

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8 Most Effective Ways to Learn Hiragana & Katakana

Learning Japanese presents a unique issue for most students. Unlike learning another language which also relies on the Roman alphabet (French, German, Spanish etc), Japanese requires you to learn the spoken language, as well as three separate alphabets. Fortunately, two of these three alphabets – hiragana and katakana – can be mastered in an afternoon, …

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Explore Jimbocho — Tokyo’s Booktown (+video)

Discover Japan’s Love of Literature in Jimbocho If you’re a fan of books and travel, and you find yourself in Tokyo then look no further. Jimbocho (神田古書店街) in the heart of Tokyo is a bookworm’s paradise with over 200 book stores to choose from that serve both Japanese and English readers.  The range of books …

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A Guide to Japanese Onigiri Rice Balls (おにぎり)

If you are a fan of Japanese food then you have probably seen these cute shaped rice balls in the restaurants. It’s an amazing dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, as breakfast, mid-day snack, or lunch. It’s the go-to food for the Japanese and after sushi become popular across the …

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