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6 of the Greatest Shrines of Japan

August 15

Sightseeing

Shinto is a belief system that is a deeply local in origin. When Buddhism and Confucianism came over it sort o … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trips With the Seishun 18 Ticket

August 14

Sightseeing

I recently bought a Seishun 18 Ticket, which is a seasonal all-you-can-ride JR train pass that is valid 5 time … 続きを読む →...

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Grab a Beer with a Side of Nostalgia Gaming…Game Bars of Japan

August 13

Activities

manga

  I am a huge fan of video games. I always have been. I think that some of my first experiences with Japa … 続きを読む →...

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Speak Like a Local – Japanese Dialects

August 08

Culture

manga

I will be upfront with you guys, I am not an expert at dialects. I have only lived in Kyoto, Gunma, and Tokyo, … 続きを読む →...

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6 Beer Gardens of Tokyo

August 06

Cuisine

It is that time of year again. The cicadas are singing away, the heat is coming off the ground in dense waves … 続きを読む →...

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Why You Shouldn’t Whistle at Night – Japanese Superstitions

August 05

Culture

Ever feel a little uneasy after coming upon a black cat? Ever try and stop someone from having an open umbrell … 続きを読む →...

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Specialty Restaurants of Tokyo

August 04

Cuisine

  If you have ever been to a typical Japanese restaurant in the US, you would notice upon looking at the … 続きを読む →...

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Yamato Sample – Make Your Own Plastic Food!

July 31

Activities

      Today we visited the Yamato Sample workshop in Kita Ikebukuro. HP: http://www.yamato-samp … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trip from Tokyo- Enoshima. Go to the Beach from Tokyo!

July 30

Sightseeing

Japan is an island, but unfortunately it doesn’t necessarily mean you can go to the beach everywhereR … 続きを読む →...

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5 Anime/Manga Museums of Japan that Every Fan Should Visit

July 25

Anime/Manga

manga

So you are coming to/are in Japan and you say you are a die-hard anime/manga fan? I made a list just for you! … 続きを読む →...

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Learn How to Draw – Manga Course at Tokyo Design Academy

July 25

Anime/Manga

manga

Disclaimer: I went to Tokyo Design Academy for 2 years to learn how to draw manga and I was very satisfied. Ma … 続きを読む →...

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Manga School Nakano – Manga Instruction in English?!

May 19

Anime/Manga

manga

Anyone who has been stalking me or is a frequent reader of the site knows that I am writing to you from Nakano … 続きを読む →...

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Akibaland Maid Tour

April 25

Anime/Manga

manga

I recently had the pleasure of going on a maid-guided tour through Akibahara. I went on a maid-guided tour wit … 続きを読む →...

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Ikebukuro is for Manga Lovers

March 13

Anime/Manga

manga

  Ikebukuro is sometimes referred to as Shinjuku’s little sister.  Japanese people call it “B … 続きを読む →...

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Diagram of School Uniforms

November 20

Anime/Manga

I decided that there needed to be something on this site dedicated to one of my favorite things in Japan: scho … 続きを読む →...

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Comiket “Comic Market”

October 18

Anime/Manga

manga

If you are a fan of either an anime or manga and like to follow what the fan community is doing, then you̵ … 続きを読む →...

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Nakano Broadway – Otaku Labyrinth

September 26

Anime/Manga

manga

Nakano Broadway is one of the must-see Otaku Meccas of Tokyo. Because it is not as famous as Akihabara, you ca … 続きを読む →...

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Maid Cafes in Akihabara

September 24

Anime/Manga

manga

Maid Cafes are a major cultural icon in Japan, especially for foreign visitors. As cosplay went up in populari … 続きを読む →...

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6 of the Greatest Shrines of Japan

August 15

Sightseeing

Shinto is a belief system that is a deeply local in origin. When Buddhism and Confucianism came over it sort o … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trips With the Seishun 18 Ticket

August 14

Sightseeing

I recently bought a Seishun 18 Ticket, which is a seasonal all-you-can-ride JR train pass that is valid 5 time … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trip from Tokyo- Enoshima. Go to the Beach from Tokyo!

July 30

Sightseeing

Japan is an island, but unfortunately it doesn’t necessarily mean you can go to the beach everywhereR … 続きを読む →...

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Interview with the owner of the Owl Cafe “Tori no Iru Cafe”

July 29

Sightseeing

manga

I covered this cafe a bit in the article about cafes where you can meet animals. But this time, we got an excl … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trip From Tokyo – Hakone

July 23

Sightseeing

Bored by the bright lights of the city? Wish that you could go out and explore nature while bathing in natural … 続きを読む →...

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Places to Cool Off in Tokyo

July 21

Sightseeing

manga

Let’s not mince words: Japanese summers are generally hot, humid and full of misery.   I have exper … 続きを読む →...

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7 Tokyo Cat Cafes

July 15

Sightseeing

manga

*Scroll down if you are just looking for store information!   On June 1st, Nakano got its first cat cafe. … 続きを読む →...

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Beppu Onsen Town – Journey through Eight Hells

July 08

Sightseeing

I love onsen and onsen towns so naturally I had heard about Beppu Onsen Town in Kyushu Prefecture. In the last … 続きを読む →...

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Japan’s Forgotten Open Door: Shimoda, Shizuoka

July 01

Sightseeing

It is Monday and I am back from my weekend trip to Shimoda, Shizuoka. I told my coworkers this and they met me … 続きを読む →...

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6 Beer Gardens of Tokyo

August 06

Cuisine

It is that time of year again. The cicadas are singing away, the heat is coming off the ground in dense waves … 続きを読む →...

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Specialty Restaurants of Tokyo

August 04

Cuisine

  If you have ever been to a typical Japanese restaurant in the US, you would notice upon looking at the … 続きを読む →...

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8 of the Best Shaved Ice Shops in Japan

June 24

Cuisine

manga

There are many Japanese “summer foods” such as the classic, watermelon, or cold noodles known as & … 続きを読む →...

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Delicious Tokyo Souvenir Snacks

June 09

Cuisine

manga

In Japan, there is a history of travelers buying local delicacies to take home to their friends and family, to … 続きを読む →...

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Making Kyaraben: Minnie Mouse Bento

May 30

Cuisine

This is a great bento for any Minnie fans. Here, in Japan, there are quite a lot of people in the cult of Minn … 続きを読む →...

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Food and Eating Out in Nakano

May 29

Cuisine

manga

I have been coming to Nakano and living around this area for 2+ yrs now. In that amount of time I have eaten a … 続きを読む →...

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Making Kyaraben: Brown Bento

May 22

Cuisine

LINE is not used in many English-speaking countries, but it is an extremely popular messaging program in many … 続きを読む →...

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Making Kyaraben: Spam Rilakkuma

May 14

Cuisine

Today’s bento is a Rilakkuma-themed spam musubi bento. Spam musubi, is a rice ball with spam on top. The … 続きを読む →...

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Making Kyaraben: Kumamon Bento

April 30

Cuisine

Today we are making a bento based on the ridiculously famous (in Japan) mascot character of Kumamoto Prefectur … 続きを読む →...

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Grab a Beer with a Side of Nostalgia Gaming…Game Bars of Japan

August 13

Activities

manga

  I am a huge fan of video games. I always have been. I think that some of my first experiences with Japa … 続きを読む →...

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Yamato Sample – Make Your Own Plastic Food!

July 31

Activities

      Today we visited the Yamato Sample workshop in Kita Ikebukuro. HP: http://www.yamato-samp … 続きを読む →...

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2014 Kanto Area Fireworks!! All Dates and Details Here!

July 04

Activities

manga

It’s the 4th of July, and I am feeling the lack of fireworks… Luckily for you, I have compiled a l … 続きを読む →...

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Legally go to Haikyo (Abandoned Structures in Japan)

June 27

Activities

manga

Japan is well-known for its “haikyo” (abandoned buildings and structures). There are many websites … 続きを読む →...

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Home-grown Theme Parks of Japan

June 20

Activities

manga

The most popular theme parks in Japan are Tokyo Disney and Universal Studios in Osaka. There are actually a lo … 続きを読む →...

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Top 10 Cycling Roads of Japan

June 05

Activities

manga

  Japan might not be the country with the most bicycles on the street, but it is a place where bike enthu … 続きを読む →...

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Day Trip From Tokyo – Okutama

June 03

Activities

manga

Tired of the concrete environment of Tokyo? Wish you could go see some green? I recommend going to a cave if y … 続きを読む →...

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10 Best Beaches of Kanto

May 26

Activities

manga

I turned my air conditioner on for the first time yesterday, so in my books it is already summer in Japan. If … 続きを読む →...

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Kyoto Walk: Kyoto Station Area

May 23

Activities

manga

Kyoto Station is a pretty spectacular place on its own, but it is often criticized because it is a new buildin … 続きを読む →...

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Speak Like a Local – Japanese Dialects

August 08

Culture

manga

I will be upfront with you guys, I am not an expert at dialects. I have only lived in Kyoto, Gunma, and Tokyo, … 続きを読む →...

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Why You Shouldn’t Whistle at Night – Japanese Superstitions

August 05

Culture

Ever feel a little uneasy after coming upon a black cat? Ever try and stop someone from having an open umbrell … 続きを読む →...

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Japan in Numbers Ep.1

July 24

Culture

Recently I have gotten on a bit of an info-graphic high. This has driven me to collect data so that I might sh … 続きを読む →...

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I Dreamt I Was Talking to a Hobo…Japanese Dream Reading!

July 18

Culture

manga

All over the world dreams are thought to be important. There is always a reason why one dreams, whether the re … 続きを読む →...

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You’re Going Out Wearing That?! The Japanese “it girl”

July 11

Culture

manga

Every country has an image of the “it girl,” the sexy, stylish girl that young girls long to be. J … 続きを読む →...

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What is AKB? The Truth Will Shock You…or Make You Buy CDs

July 03

Culture

Ever heard of AKB48? The Japanese girl pop group that decided that quantity trumps quality? Think I exaggerate … 続きを読む →...

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Dating in Japan, General Thoughts from a Gaijin Girl Perspective

June 25

Culture

  Warning: This article kind of turned into a giant vocabulary lesson, more than anything else. I hope yo … 続きを読む →...

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Japan’s Posh Potty Culture

June 19

Culture

Japan has a special relationship to toilets. Whether it be the belief in a toilet god, blogging about toilets … 続きを読む →...

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5 Words for a Japanese Summer

June 06

Culture

Atsuiiiii…..Atsu!  (atsui ~”it’s hot”)   These are the cries of Japanese people i … 続きを読む →...

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Amazing Northern Festivals (Summer)

May 21

Festivals

manga

  The Tohoku Region (Northeastern region) of Japan has 3 extremely popular festivals in summer. They are … 続きを読む →...

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Obon Dances in Tokyo

May 13

Festivals

manga

Japanese festivals are a rare time when you get to see people in traditional dress, see hundreds of lanterns, … 続きを読む →...

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Kanamara Matsuri aka The Penis Festival

March 27

Festivals

manga

Kanamara Matsuri is unsurprisingly often referred to as “The Penis Festival.” It is infamous among … 続きを読む →...

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Guide to Sakura: Tokyo Edition

March 19

Festivals

manga

  So you are in Tokyo and you want to see every last sakura? Well, you are in luck. I made a pretty good … 続きを読む →...

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Flowers For Every Season

March 07

Festivals

manga

Did you know that Japan has 4 seasons?   Yes, I am trolling you, but most likely a person asking you this … 続きを読む →...

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Carnival in Tokyo

November 01

Festivals

manga

Many people who are not familiar with things South American may not realize how close a connection there is be … 続きを読む →...

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Tanabata Festival

October 09

Festivals

manga

Tanabata is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. If you have ever watched anime you have probably see … 続きを読む →...

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Koenji Awa Odori

October 03

Festivals

manga

History of Koenji Awa Odori   Awa odori is a traditional dance that originates from Tokushima Prefecture … 続きを読む →...

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Gion Festival

September 25

Festivals

manga

Kyoto Gion Matsuri is one of the biggest festivals in Japan. It takes place from the 14th to the 24th of July. … 続きを読む →...

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