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Shopping in Tokyo - A Shopaholic's Guide

I have a confession that I'm going to make up front: I am a shopaholic. I've been to Japan three times, and shopping has been a high priority every …

Nomisugi! Japan's sleeping drunks get turned into living drink-awareness ads

It’s finally Friday here in Tokyo, and hundreds of thousands of people are gearing up for a night on the town. The weather is fine, the pubs …

15 beautiful Japanese sweets to cool you down this summer

Japanese summers are hard to bear. With high humidity levels, the energy-sapping heat has such an overwhelming effect on the body there’s even a word …

Bringing “Internationalism” Back

On the afternoon of May 15, 2014, the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security met at the Kantei (the prime minister’s …

Self Defense

Japanese hostel's visitor board reveals surprisingly deep cultural differences

We’ve always been told that stereotypes are bad, but there are certain cultural phenom that can be measured so widely that it’s safe to say that …

Colombia beats Japan, still picks up a few Japanese supporters for its inspiring sportsmanship

The international nature of professional <b>soccer</b> makes for some uniquely compelling individual matchups at the <b>World Cup</b>. Since the event is only held …

Monocle Ranks Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka Among 10 Most Livable Cities

By<p>Jun Hongo<p>Jun Hongo<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@junhongowsj<p>jun.hongo@wsj.com<p>After recently being voted best destination for global travelers, Tokyo has ranked high again in a list of most livable cities compiled by the lifestyle and culture journal, Monocle Magazine.<p>Japan’s capital climbed two …

Man self-immolates in Shinjuku protesting collective self-defense law changes

June 29, 2014 by William<p>33 Comments<p>It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in the early summer, albeit on a weekend marked by many protests against Prime …

Get ready to dance in the streets–Japan to revise anti-dance laws! (Maybe)

Posted by Angela Erika Kubo on Saturday, June 14, 2014 · 1 Comment<p>The Japanese government will submit a bill to revise the controversial laws …

Japan

How to write business emails to your boss in Japanese?

Here is another version of writing business emails in Japanese. The other day, I talked about writing business emails to more of a partner company. …

Language Learning

10 Japanese expressions that sound delightfully strange and funny when translated

A little while ago, we introduced you to the Japanese expression “<i>hana yori dango</i>” (dumplings over flowers), using a picture of one of our capybara …

Final Fantasy VII concert to be held in Tokyo this summer (yes, they’ll play One-Winged Angel)

When <b>Final Fantasy VII</b> was first released in 1997, gamers around the world emotionally connected with it in a way that had never been seen before. …

The Ultimate Guide To Pooping In Japan

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the wondrous Japanese toilet, especially since Tofugu has written before about some of the specialness that is …

Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan's "King of Hosts"

Meet Naoki. <b>He pulls down US$30,000 a month, has his own TV show and music group, and is called “an ideal man” by one of his many woman clients.</b> Is he …

【Suica】 Suica allows you to pay for trains, buses, and shopping with a single card!

10 Things Japan Gets Incredibly Right

True to our word, we sat down and decided on what we as (mostly) foreigners most love about this great little collection of islands, and it turned out to be a lot of fun.<p>Although Japan is not without its faults, it is nevertheless an incredibly efficient and easy-to-live-in country, and we've …

Simon Boulsson's "Tokyo Reverse" is backwards, gorgeous 【Video】

In the age of affordable digital cameras and programs that can make even photos and footage taken by a team of cavorting chimps look artistic and …

Take A Walk Around Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is a resort town in Japan famous for its natural hot spring water. Located in the beautiful mountains of Gifu Prefecture, Gero Onsen is a …

Japan

Stray animals, trash cans and national dress: 10 things you probably never realised about Japan

Last summer, I was riding the subway with some friends from home who were visiting me here in Nagoya, Japan. Suddenly, my friend pointed at a sticker …

Three Simple Words for Building Trust in a Japanese Office

Being a foreigner in a Japanese company can be a daunting experience. Differing work ethics and cultural gaps pose many challenges to employees who …

Free Wi-Fi now available in Shibuya – but only for foreigners

Posted at 6:55 pm, March 26, 2014 in Around Town<p>The lack of Wi-Fi availability in Tokyo is a recurring complaint among travellers and residents …

Ways To Save Money While Living In Japan

It wasn’t too long ago that Tokyo was considered the most expensive city in the world. Not to mention that Japan as a whole was very expensive as …

Get yourself a Suica (IC Card series #1)

Today will begin a five post series about the Suica card (and IC cards in general). In this series, I’ll share some info about how you…The post Get …

Japan

World Order celebrates 2020 Summer Olympics selection with synchronized robot dance around Tokyo

You might recognize the suit-clad men pictured above from their many other choreographed dances around Japan. For those unfamiliar, these seven men …

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Spot Search<p>Search offline for various spots near you. The map displays your current position and the distance to your desired spots such as:<p>Free …

Japan

A water bottle made to look like a soy sauce container

Okay, this is one of the most-fun designs for a water bottle I’ve seen in quite a while. You know those miniature fish-shaped soy sauce containers? …

Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago

A worker pulls a passenger cart over a wooden bridge, Mount Fuji’s snowy peak rising in the background. Men wear long dark robes as they catch fish …

267,000 still evacuees three years on

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of …

Tips for Shopping Online in Japan

Japanese websites can be fantastic for buying domestic items cheaply. Everything from electronics to groceries can be purchased online, sometimes at …