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5 Magical Things to Do in Kanazawa (All Seasons)

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 Amazing 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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13 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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8 Most Effective Ways to Learn Hiragana and 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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How to Explore Jimbocho: Tokyo’s Booktown

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), located in the heart of Tokyo, is a bookworm’s paradise. Over 200 bookstores populate the booktown of Himbocho, and many of them serve both Japanese and English readers. The range of books on offer in …

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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 rice balls in Japanese restaurants, and even in episodes of classic anime like Pokemon. Onigiri are an amazing part of Japanese food culture that can be enjoyed at any time of the day: as a full breakfast, a mid-day snack, …

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9 Awesome Tokyo Tattoo Artists (and Studios)

The beloved and deeply historical world of Japanese tattoo is in perpetual danger today, as Japanese tattoo artists fight for their right to live and work in Japan. And yet, Tokyo tattoo artists continue to survive against adversity. The Japanese government unfortunately turns a wary eye on tattooing, with its deep associations with the yakuza …

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7 Types of Sushi and How to Eat It (+ Sashimi)

Are you wondering if you eat sushi the right way? Perhaps you’re new to sushi and are confused by the types of sushi on offer. Maybe you’ree someone who loves sushi but has difficulty ordering or eating without feeling self-conscious in a restaurant. Sushi is much more than simply a Japanese delicacy that has been …

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Teaching English in China, Korea, & Japan (Pros and Cons)

The most popular countries in which to teach EFL in East Asia are easily China, Korea, and Japan. Each one has its pros and cons with regards to the jobs available, working standards, cultural rules, and a hundred other areas you should be aware of. Having taught English in all three and having known many …

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