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World Cosplay Summit 2017 – Underground Parade

Hello everyone, we're finally back online after some technical issues, so here are a few posts from the last several days.... Summertime means intense heat,...
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Hachimaki – the Japanese Headband that gives you Energy

When thinking of Japan, some of the things that usually come to mind are Sushi and Samurai; perhaps Karate and Bonsai. These are all...
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Tanabata Festival in Japan

July 7th is Tanabata “七夕”, or Star Festival here in Japan. If we go by the lunar calendar, it will be on August 28th...

Nagoya, the Arts, and… Transit!

Nagoya, the quiet, unassuming city between Tokyo and Osaka, has been experiencing somewhat of a boom in recent years when it comes to the...

Ancient Japanese Robots from Nagoya

Yes, Japan has a strong association with robots, whether its through Manga and Anime, or in real-life like Toyota's Asimo.  But did you know...
Visiting Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto

Visiting Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto

If Tokyo is Japan's mecca of everything "omoshiroii", then Kyoto surely is the mecca of everything historical, and thus its cultural heart. Strewn with...
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Mountain Day in Japan

Today marks the first official “Mountain Day”, a new public holiday in Japan, to celebrate and give reverence to….you guessed it…. mountains! This is...

World Cosplay Summit 2016 Championships (Preliminary)

The first night of the Championships featuring 30 participating countries, brought a lot of excitement, action, and some great cosplay from all teams. It...
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7 Ways to beat the Summer Heat in Japan

Japanese Summers are notoriously hot and humid. It’s the same story every year: After the coldness of Winter, we all look forward to that...

Renewing a Working Visa in Japan

Today is one of those days... The day most expats in Japan dread almost as much as going to the Doctor or Dentist. At...