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7 Super Embarrassing Things I’ve Done In Japan

Every time I leave the house, I pray I won’t do or say anything embarrassing. But then more often than not I end up embarrassing myself anyway. I’m just one of those people. Humiliation follows me around like a dirty shirt.
I’ve graded these embarrassing moments out of 5,…

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Where are the best Christmas illuminations in Tokyo 2017

Wintertime in Tokyo means…Christmas illuminations! In case you’re not sure what that is, they’re festive light-up displays. The most popular ones are annual events that happen again year after year, sometimes changing the theme and colours. In my opinion, Tokyo’s best wintertime light-ups are outdoors, not the ones you find…

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The 7 best department stores in Tokyo

What are the best department stores to shop at in Tokyo? While department stores are going out of fashion (and business) where I’m from, they’re alive and well in Japan. Here is the list of the ones I recommend, in no particular order.

 
Takashimaya Times Square Shinjuku
Takashimaya is…

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15 Tokyo Neighborhoods and What They’re Famous for

Get ready to discover Tokyo’s best neighborhoods as well as new, up-and-coming areas. I’ve put the most-used name first, and any other or official address names in brackets. I tried to avoid the really obvious and popular areas, though I did include my favorites. Instead I tried to stick to any…

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Himono Onna, the Dried Fish Women of Japan

The kanji for himono onna, 干物女, literally means “dried fish woman.” Since while himono can refer to any dried things, it usually refers to dried fish snacks. In Chinese you can find it as a loanword with the same kanji, gan-wu-nu (干物女), or the more accurate yu-gan-nu (鱼干女). It’s from this…

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Am I Romanticizing Japan?

Am I romanticizing Japan? No one’s ever asked me this before, to be honest. Probably because they romanticize the place themselves without even realizing it. But it’s something I think about sometimes. Because whenever I’m not in Japan, I want to go back; and when I’m there, I remember that…

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17 Ways to Tell Maiko and Geisha Apart

Have you ever wondered how to tell the apprentice apart from the fully-fledged geiko or geisha? Before we get started, I just want to say I’m using “maiko” and “geisha” because those are the most commonly used terms, but geisha are actually called “geiko” in Kyoto and maiko are called…