All About Japan

Thomas Shiozaki

Thomas Shiozaki

All About Thomas Shiozaki
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'Hanami' Manners Matter

'Hanami' Manners Matter

Don't want to be shamed on Japanese television for having poor manners while enjoying cherry blossoms? Here are the four rules you need to follow to avoid causing a small scandal.

Fun & Weird Temples in Kyoto

Fun & Weird Temples in Kyoto

Already done all the big spots in Kyoto—or just sick of the crowds? These fun and weird temples and shrines are definitely not going to be listed in your typical tourist guide!

Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto

Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto

Kyoto is famous for its rich history, including temples and palaces that have existed for more than a millennium, but there are some new and exciting sites around the former capital that are sure to delight people of all ages.

Do You Know Your Kimono Parts?

Do You Know Your Kimono Parts?

The word 'kimono' is one well-known all across the globe, but fewer people know the full scope of these traditional, simple-looking garments. We'll explain each part of the kimono and give you a feel for just how intricate they truly are.

How Are Men's & Women's Kimono Different?

How Are Men's & Women's Kimono Different?

While traditional Japanese clothing may look the same to the average person, there are some variances between men's and women's kimono. See if you can spot some of the differences.

When to Wear a Kimono

When to Wear a Kimono

While kimono are a big part of Japanese culture, they are not an everyday fashion choice. So, when exactly do people wear kimono?

How to Enjoy Tea Ceremony Like a Local

How to Enjoy Tea Ceremony Like a Local

Like many traditional Japanese events, tea ceremony is a treasured cultural activity where manners are key. Before you sit down, here's a quick primer on the rules you'll need to know to properly enjoy 'chado.'

Seeing Stars in Kanazawa: Michelin 2-Star Tour

Seeing Stars in Kanazawa: Michelin 2-Star Tour

Ever since the Hokuriku Shinkansen started running, Kanazawa has been getting more exposure and attention among travelers local and foreign, including 'Michelin Guide' food inspectors.

Bring Home the Gold from Kanazawa

Bring Home the Gold from Kanazawa

It's a long-standing Japanese social custom to buy souvenirs for friends and colleagues during your travels. And if you're visiting Kanazawa, here are the sweet treats you need to bring back, including gilded cake!

4 Great Day Trips from Kanazawa

4 Great Day Trips from Kanazawa

Kanazawa is known for its gold, its historical streets and its top-ranked garden. It can also serve as a brilliant base for a number of incredible sights in the region!

Top 4 Spots in Tokyo to Woo a Date

Top 4 Spots in Tokyo to Woo a Date

Got a big date and need a good recommendation on where to go? We've got you covered with our Top 4 romantic areas around Tokyo.

Top 10 (Non-Chocolate) Valentine's Day Gifts

Top 10 (Non-Chocolate) Valentine's Day Gifts

In contrast to many Western countries, Japanese girls give chocolate to their crushes on Valentine's Day. Besides chocolate, can you guess some of the other fantastic options to give your guy?

How to Find Love in Japan

How to Find Love in Japan

You can find just about anything in Japan, from dancing robots to maid cafés! But what about love?

Different Types of Soba Around Japan

Different Types of Soba Around Japan

Do you know that there are places across Japan with local ways to enjoy soba? Let's go on a tour together to check out several delicious kinds of unique soba!

Traditional 'Sobaya' Around Tokyo

Traditional 'Sobaya' Around Tokyo

There are quite a few famous and historical 'sobaya' that have been in the Japanese capital for a while. Some of them have serving delicious soba noodles for more than a century!

A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners

A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners

Manners are a big part Japanese culture and society, but a first-time visitor or new resident will likely be surprised to learn many of these rules are unspoken, but understood. Therefore, we'd like to introduce a few to help you fit in while in Japan.

Finding an Apartment in Japan

Finding an Apartment in Japan

If you're considering moving to Japan, or even just looking to get out of that share house, read on to learn about your options!

Don't Be Surprised by Japan, Be Prepared!

Don't Be Surprised by Japan, Be Prepared!

Japan is full of many surprises and challenges that might catch you off guard during your first time here. But, we're here to give you a quick overview of how to prepare for your new life here.

How to Mind Your Onsen Manners

How to Mind Your Onsen Manners

When in Japan, you'll quickly realize the country is full of rules—some blatantly expressed and some silently understood by locals—and a day at the hot spring is no different. But, we've got you covered on what to do (and not do) at the onsen.

Four Outstanding Outdoor Onsen Across Japan

Four Outstanding Outdoor Onsen Across Japan

Hot springs are enjoyed in Japan year-round, but the chilly winter weather presents the perfect time to take a dip. Get ready to escape the cold at one of these four incredible outdoor onsen.

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