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You may feel like one Valentine's Day a year is enough, but Japan's confectionery industry thinks otherwise. In addition to celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14th, Japan also has a second Valentine's Day on March 14th known as ‘White Day'. What's the difference between Valentine's Day and White Day? To put it simply, Valentine's Day […]

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You might be surprised to learn that Valentine's Day in Japan is celebrated rather differently than in much of the rest of the world. Firstly, it's a day when only women give gifts to men, usually in the form of chocolates or cookies. And, secondly, it's not an exclusively romantic holiday. Valentine's Day in Japan […]

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If you're planning on going to Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) and have already done some research on climbing Mt. Kinabalu, you've probably quickly realized that it's not exactly cheap to sign yourself up for physical duress. Many prices quoted on the Internet are quite steep and have many travelers wondering whether it's worth forking out their […]

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When I wrote ‘Yes, Japan is unique, but it's not your fantasy land‘ last week, I wasn't sure of the response it would get. I mean, I write a lot of things about Japan and, honestly, it's surprising sometimes which posts are popular and which ones aren't. I'm sure I'm not alone in a sense […]

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Staying warm in Japan in winter can be a challenge. The country's chilly winters often take people by surprise and subsequently leave them unprepared. Temperatures generally range from single digits to low teens, although this varies greatly from south to north. You can expect milder temperatures in tropical Okinawa to the south and frigid sub-zero […]

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I've thought about writing this post for a long time. There were some days and weeks over the past year when I'd witness such poor behavior from foreign visitors in Japan that I was honestly close to writing it. But then I would close my notebook and put it aside. I don't feel like some […]

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Understanding how to read a Japanese calendar is an important part of life in Japan. While it may seem intimidating at first when you see a combination of letters and numbers, luckily the Japanese date system is extremely easy to master once you understand a few basic concepts. First of all, we need to understand […]

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New Year or Oshōgatsu (お正月) is the most important holiday of the year for the Japanese. It's a family holiday that is steeped in long tradition and is a far cry from the parties and public displays of drunkenness that often define the countdown to the New Year for many around the world. Here is what […]

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If you're looking for a European Christmas market in Tokyo to put you in the mood for the holidays, then the Tokyo Christmas Market in Hibiya has got you sorted. Given that Japanese celebrations of Western holidays usually come with a distinct Japanese twist, I was surprised at just how authentic the Hibiya Christmas market […]

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The Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu, meaning the ‘Shibuya Blue Cave,' is the closest and most spectacular winter illuminations near Shibuya Station. The event started in Nakameguro along the banks of the Meguro River in 2014, and was moved to Shibuya in 2016. Due to popular demand, it's now in its second year, and looks set […]

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