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Discover Hokkaido, Japan’s Enchanting Northern Island

by Shigeki Abe January 18, 2020

Travel off the beaten path in Hokkaido Japan

When most visit Japan, they may head first to the trendy Harajuku district of Tokyo or perhaps take a pilgrimage to the famous active volcano, Mount Fuji. But if you want to go off the beaten path, head north to the enchanting, rural island of Hokkaido.

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Places to Visit During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

by Shigeki Abe November 10, 2019

  hidden places in tokyo

Tokyo has long been a booming city, so it makes a natural fit for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Of course, this popular event is sure to mean one thing: a lot of people! But don't worry, here are the best places to go off the beaten path in Tokyo.

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Discover Japan's Newest Holiday

by Ryosuke Wada July 08, 2017

Mountain day Japan
Japan's newest national holiday is Mountain Day, or “山の日,” which takes place on August 11th. It’s a fitting holiday for Japan, as roughly 73% of the country is covered with mountains! 
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Hedonist Monkeys and Ninja Schools

by Shigeki Abe December 02, 2016

Travel to Nagano

Nagano is not often spoken of as a primary tourist destination in Japan. But a couple of notable claims-to-fame make Nagano a very interesting place to visit indeed.

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Shichi Go San: A Celebration of Youth

by Ryosuke Wada November 12, 2016

japan shichi-go-san

Dive into the history and origins of the Japanese celebration, "Shichi-go-san," which is still celebrated today in the month of November!

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Unwrapping the Secret Behind The Art of Gift Giving in Japan

by Shigeki Abe September 24, 2016 2 Comments

Guide to Furoshiki
Did you know Japanese people actually consider the presentation of a gift or product just as important as what’s inside? See how you can use a furoshiki to spruce up your gift packaging!
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Japanese Snack Review: Macaron from a 100 Year Old Bakery

by Shigeki Abe August 20, 2016

macaron japanese snack

Review of a special Japanese snack from the famous 100 year old Nakamura-ya bakery in Tokyo: the An-Macaron.

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10 Mochi You Need To Know Before Travelling To Japan

by Zign Meeprasertskul June 23, 2016 2 Comments

types of mochi

We looked for all types of food and desserts for mochi lovers out there. Mochi can be enjoyed in both savory and sweet dishes. Here’s a checklist of the different Japanese mochi delicacies you need to try when you travel to Japan.

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Etiquette and Taboo For Onsen Visitors

by Elizabeth Shirshikova June 06, 2016

Japanese hot spring onsen manner
Onsen have been around for many centuries so it’s easy to assume the Japanese got the tradition down.  Here's the step-by-step guide on how to make you fit right in and have a full onsen hot spring experience.
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Japanese Snack Review: Bunmeido Castella

by Shigeki Abe May 05, 2016 1 Comment

What is Japanese Castella?
Castella is one of the most popular snacks in Japan. It was introduced to Japan around the 15 th century. Let's take a look at a premium Castella made by the snack shop, Bunmeido 文明堂.
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Hanami: Observing The Brief Eternity of Cherry Blossoms

by Ryosuke Wada April 12, 2016 1 Comment

hanami culture Japan

We take a look at one prominent feature of spring in Japan: Sakuras! Cherry Blossoms have a rich history engraved in Japanese culture, dating back to as far as the late 700’s.

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Types of Japanese Onsen You Need to Know About

by Akira Makabe March 10, 2016 5 Comments

types of Japanese hot springs

What makes an onsen experience so special is that it's rooting in thousands of years of tradition and is considered one of the best ways to relax and take your mind off of things.

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Review: Gouden Wafels

by Shigeki Abe February 03, 2016 3 Comments

japanese waffle snack review

On my latest trip to Japan, I was browsing the souvenir store in the airport and noticed a box that said “Gouden Wafels.” Inititally, thought it was a funny “Engrish” mistake for “Golden Waffles” but was intrigued enough to pick up the box and take a second look. What are these?!

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Review: The Ultimate Seafood Cracker

by Shigeki Abe January 01, 2016 1 Comment

menbei japanese snack review
Japanese rice crackers (senbei) are the most popular and varied type of snack in Japan. Take a look at the seafood senbei made by a 100 year old shop.
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Guide To The Top 7 Foods To Try In Japan

by Shigeki Abe December 01, 2015 3 Comments

best food to try in Japan

There's so many delicious things to eat in Japan. Sushi might be the most popular, but Japanese food has so much more variety. In this post, we'll give youtaste of the top 7 foods that you should try while you're in Japan.

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Review: Cookies Made With Premium Kyoto Green Tea

by Shigeki Abe November 15, 2015 4 Comments

green tea japanese snacks

Matcha green tea is very popular right now. The bestmatcha in the world is made in the Kyoto region of Japan. Let’s take a look at these Japanese cookies made with premium Kyoto matcha green tea.

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Japan’s Forest of Death

by Shigeki Abe October 31, 2015 4 Comments

Aokigahara Most Haunted Place in Japan

It’s considered one of the most haunted and eerie places in Japan. Thousands of people have gotten lost or died in this forest. But that’s all the more reason to go... just bring a buddy! In this post, we take a look at Aokigahara (青木ヶ原).

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Review: The Perfect Cookie from Japan

by Shigeki Abe October 21, 2015 3 Comments

Japanese snack review kinotoya milk cookies

Thanks to the clean air, pristine waters, and rich soil, Hokkaido produces some of the best food in Japan. Let's take a look at the award-winning Kinotoya Milk Cookies (札幌農学校ミルククッキー) from Hokkaido.

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Tokyo Treat Japanese Snack Subscription Review

by Shigeki Abe October 02, 2015 12 Comments

TokyoTreat Japanese Snack subscription reivew
If you are looking for a Japanese snack subscription box, there are a lot of options.  We’ve reviewed Skoshbox  and JapanCrate  before; this time we are checking out TokyoTreat.
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Off The Beaten Path: Where Japan Was Born

by Shigeki Abe September 16, 2015

off the beaten path Japan asuka

Japan is one of the oldest countries in the world, so there’s always so much to see and do. But very few people actually know where it all started: Asuka.

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Review: Would You Ever Eat A Japanese Cookie Made With Eel?

by Shigeki Abe September 03, 2015 8 Comments

unagi pie japanese snack review

Japan has lots of crazy snacks, from DIY Japanese candy that changes color to more traditional snacks like dried squid. But would you ever try a Japanese snack made with eel?! That can’t possibly be good right?

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The Best Sites For Planning Your Trip To Japan

by Shigeki Abe August 25, 2015 2 Comments

10 best japan travel sites

Thinking about going to Japan? Looking for interesting places to go while on your trip? Or just want to learn more about Japanese culture? Here's the top 10 sites you should be checking out.

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Review: The Japanese Snack Masterpiece Born in Kobe

by Shigeki Abe August 09, 2015

Japanese snack review Kobe Fugetsudo Bouchee

KobeFugetsudo has been making Japanese snacks for over 120 years. They just came out with a new snack called, “Kobe Bouchee”. Let’s take a look to see how it is.

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What You Need To Know About Japanese Green Tea

by Shigeki Abe July 31, 2015 2 Comments

types of japanese green tea
There are over 3000 different types of teas! In this post, we take a look at the different types of Japanese green tea. Read on to impress your friends with your amazing green tea knowledge!
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