Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer
With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."
How to Navigate a Japanese Air Conditioner
A handy guide to navigating all of the complicated settings on a Japanese air conditioner—trust us, when summer heats up you'll be glad you read this!
Essential Japanese Words for Weather Warnings
Understanding what is happening in an emergency is very important, but the Japanese terms for natural disasters and dangerous weather can be confusing! This easy guide is a handy cheat sheet to help you stay safe and be able to make smart decisions.
Beautiful Origami Paper Using Gum Wrappers
Once you're done chewing a piece of Lotte gum, the company wants you to use the colorful wrapper to make your own origami koala or penguin. And they even offer instructions.
10 Faux Pas Japanese Train Commuters Hate
Numerous train etiquette guidelines exist in Japan, and though most people follow them religiously even the most polite of passengers can unintentionally make their fellow commuters feel uncomfortable.
2018 Autumn Foliage Forecast
It's that time of year again! As the weather turns from the heat of summer to the crisp air of autumn, the countryside is covered in a cascade of colorful leaves!
All About Pensions in Japan
We answer important questions about Japanese pensions: who has to contribute, how much you have to pay, when you can receive benefits and how much you can get back?
How to Get a Working Holiday Visa for Japan
A working holiday visa enables residents form certain countries to spend a whole year living, working and traveling in Japan. So what are you waiting for? Learn how to get that application started now!
Japanese Beach Basics: Rules, Tips & Etiquette
Looking to soak up a little sun on one of Japan's gorgeous beaches? Check out our helpful tips to make the most of your time by the seaside! Plus, get recommendations for beaches near Tokyo and Osaka.
How Many 'Kanji' Should You Learn?
Studying 'kanji,' Chinese characters used in Japanese, can be time-consuming and difficult for many learners. The sheer amount of characters is intimidating—combine that with multiple readings, and it's hard to know where to start! We're here to help.
5 Reasons Tipping Isn't Done in Japan
Guidebooks love to say it’s because Japanese people think tipping is rude, but that’s not even close to the whole story!
Not All Use Chopsticks the 'Traditional' Way
As a society that thinks thoroughly about etiquette, there is, of course, a prescribed way to hold chopsticks. But, the vocabulary around the method being "correct" is being slowly changed to be called the traditional way, as we learn in this video.
No More Soggy Sushi With This Simple Hack
Despite the discussions surrounding whether to eat sushi with your chopsticks, with your hands, or even upside down, one of our reporters has a simple but effective way to eat sushi without breaking its shape and embarrassing yourself in the process.
5 Popular Japanese Foods (Besides Sushi)
Although sushi might be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Japanese food, it's actually an irregular part of the Japanese diet. The following five foods are consumed far more frequently. Have you tried them all?
How to Bring Medicine into Japan
Traveling to Japan with prescription medication? Find out how to enter the country properly and hassle-free!
6 Romantic Offbeat Spots to Propose in Japan
Thinking of proposing to your partner during your trip to Japan? These lesser-known spots in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima are perfect for popping that all-important question!
Travel Like a Pro with the WOW! JAPAN APP
With the in-depth info of a guidebook and special discounts and coupons you can use on your trip, the WOW! JAPAN APP is one of the best tools for visitors to Japan!
Questions to Ask Before Moving to Japan
Japan is a dream destination for many. But before immigrating, be sure to ask yourself these important questions.
A Guide to the ¥100,000 Stimulus in Japan
The government announced plans to offer a relief package of ¥100,000 to every individual in Japan, including foreign residents. Check out our brief guide on eligibility for the ¥100,000 COVID-19 fund and how to get it.
The First Cherry Blossom Forecast of 2019
Just 10 days into 2019, the Japan Meteorological Agency released their first forecast for the upcoming cherry blossom season!