Going Potty over the Setomono Matsuri

Aug 20, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Although Japan has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world, with earthenwares being created as early as the Jōmon period (10,000–300 BCE), as a heavily wooded country most domestic utensils in Japan were usually made of either natural or lacquered wood. This all changed when Katō Shirōzaemon, the...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Shop in Kobe

Jul 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is something of a shopper's paradise with an array of shopping centers and high streets that are mostly within walking distance of each other. Its long history as a popular destination for tourists has allowed retail businesses to thrive. Whether looking for the latest fashion brands, the newest electronic...[ Click to read more ]

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Cool Biz – What is it, and Where Can You Get It?

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

The summer has felt upon us for some time now, with the thermostat rising as quickly as the humidity, and although officially the season does not begin until June 22, for many businesses summer started from the end of the Golden Week holiday. That is because the first day of...[ Click to read more ]

Shopping Online in Japan – Internet Shopping!

May 19, 2019 By Ray Proper

You are not going to get complaints from me about living in Japan. I am generally happy here, but still, I prefer to use products and eat foods from my own country in a lot of cases; decent peanut butter, for example. Maybe in your case, Vegemite? There are lots...[ Click to read more ]

Japan National Correctional Facilities Exhibition in Tokyo

Apr 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Spending a weekend in jail is probably not at the top of most people’s list, but if you’ve had a passing thought about what a Japanese prison is like, then just like everything else in JapanLand, there’s a festival for it. Called Correctional Exhibitions (矯正展), they give a chance for...[ Click to read more ]

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Things to do in Tokyo For Golden Week 2019

Apr 15, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Golden week is the longest public holiday period in Japan, and many residents make a trip abroad, or to a tourist area like Kyoto over the break.  Trains and airports can be crowded, and the traffic into any area worth a visit is going to be heavy at best, standstill...[ Click to read more ]

Going cashless in Japan

Feb 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Almost 20 years ago in order to prepare for my first trip to Japan I was advised by my travel agent as well as my cousin who resided here already that I needed to bring plenty of cash and traveler’s cheques (remember those?) with me because Japan doesn’t do credit...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo Area Flea Markets

Jan 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you’re searching for a truly unique curio or gift for someone here around Tokyo or are looking to get a one-of-a-kind item at a really low price, then you should check out one of the many flea markets happening around the metropolis. All kinds of treasures (and a little...[ Click to read more ]

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How to switch to the Japanese “Bargain Mobile” MVNOs

By Jason Gatewood

It was bound to happen to me at some point, but the way it happened is a bit out of the ordinary. I switched mobile phone provider recently… Actually make that mobile data provider as this was for my iPad, but that distinction doesn’t matter anymore in 2019; data is...[ Click to read more ]

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Nagoya’s Record Shops

Jan 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

While it feels like the music industry is becoming ever-increasingly digital, with the likes of Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and Soundcloud being the favored media for accessing artists, conversely, at the same time, the humble vinyl record is making a come back. According to Forbes, the format has grown 260...[ Click to read more ]

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