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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...

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...

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...

Nagashi Somen – A Midsummer Tradition

What do you do when the temperatures reach high enough levels that even the Pits of Hell seem like a nice way to cool...

Continuing a Legacy

Male Adoption in Japan Here’s something that might come as a big surprise to most people: Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in...

The Art of Celebrating Summer in Japan

Attending one of the many Summer Festivals in Japan -By Achim Runnebaum The word Matsuri (祭) in Japanese means holiday or festival, and is synonymous with...