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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,...

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...

Job Hunting Season in Japan – Shuukatsu

It's almost that time of year again when you'll see many recent graduates in their best black suits, roaming the streets to attend interviews...

7 Things you didn’t know about Ninja

Imposing figures in black, hiding in the shadows, and moving about with almost superhuman agility seem like nothing but cool stories told to tourists...

16 Facts About Japan for 2016

Well, it's finally officially 2016 - The year of the Monkey. As we are already into the 2nd week of the new year, I hope...

Celebrating New Year’s – Japanese Style

As we are enjoying the last remaining days of 2015, reminiscing, and looking forward to 2016, many people are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to...

Deck The Halls with…lots of Kentucky Fried Chicken???

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures cooler, and the decorations brighter. Yep, it's Christmas time again, and people all over the world are...

Drinking your Troubles Away – Bonenkai in Japan

Have you noticed more taxis than usually on the roads, and in front of restaurants? Yes? You might have also noticed there are many...

The Sound of Wa

The term "wa" (和) literally means peace or harmony, and is the fundamental building block of Japanese society.  It implies a peaceful unity and...

6 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About Samurai

Steeped in a long history and plenty of mystery, the Samurai 侍 have been a cornerstone of Japanese mythology since 794 AD (Heian Period).  Having fought...