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Japan’s First LEGOLAND Opens in Nagoya

LEGO hold a very special place in many people’s hearts. Whether it’s the promise of a truly creative outlet for young minds, or the memory...
Plume Cloud forming over Mt. Fuji

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...
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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...

Should Tattoos Continue to be Banned From Onsen in Japan?

Spring and early Summer means relaxation, travel, and for many people, it also means a visit to an Onsen (温泉; natural hot springs).  As a volcanically active country,...
Chris Evans in his directorial debut

Chris Evans’ Directorial Debut Becomes Available In Japan

Known mostly for his portrayal of Captain America (which is breaking box office records with "Civil War" right now), Chris Evans has fought his...
Emergency personnel carrying wounded people from the wreckage

What to do in an Earthquake in Japan

First you feel a little, almost imperceptible, movement. Just as you start to dismiss it as a figment of your imagination, it very quickly...

How to describe pain to your Japanese doctor

The word itai meaning "painful" is one of the first words one picks up living in Japan. That versatile little word can be used...
Playing Rock Paper Scissors in Japan

The Decision-Making Powers of Janken

Picture this scene... You're at an Izakaya with your mates, all having a great time. It's towards the end of the evening when everyone...
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Experiencing The Real Escape Game in Tokyo

"I escaped from a viciously clever puzzle room, and helped to solve a paranormal mystery" was probably not the answer my co-worker was expecting...

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