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All About Gachapon

Get all the info you need to understand Japan's popular capsule toy machines.

Sake School: How to Pair Fish with Sake

Take a look at some basic guidelines for finding the best sake to drink with seafood.

Advanced Japanese Dining Etiquette is Hard!

Think just not standing up your chopsticks in the rice bowl is enough? Even some Japanese diners—and long-term residents—don't know these detailed etiquette tips!

How to Make it to the Office the Day After

We all like to eat and drink endlessly, but nobody likes a stomachache or a hangover. Here are four Japanese tricks for beating the post-party blaaaaghs.

How to Survive the Last Train in Tokyo

Despite being Japan's most populated city, trains still stop around 1 a.m. in Tokyo. So how do you survive the crowded crush on that final train home?

How to Shop The Wonder 500™

You don't necessarily need to come to Japan for traditional local products—get your hands on The Wonder 500™ by shopping online!

Why Japanese People are Obsessed with Sakura

Cherry blossom viewing parties aren't just an excuse to get drunk in a public place, but a traditional practice of celebrating the coming of spring that has become an important part of Japanese custom.

How to Play Go

If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!

All About Drones in Japan

Do you think drones are just toys, or the wave of the future? See how some people have caused a stir in Japan with drones—and what the government is doing about it!

Japan’s Top Cold & Flu Medicine

Never miss a day of work with these in your medicine cabinet!

How to Purify Yourself at a Japanese Shrine

Purify yourself in 15 (not-so-complicated) steps!

How to Use 'Omiyage' in the Workplace

Effective 'omiyage' use can actually play a big part in getting ahead at work!

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Skin Care

Japanese women follow a five-step skin care regimen. Intense? Maybe. But emulating the process can grant you amazing benefits to your skin, and at a reasonable price.

5 Fabulous Japanese Makeup Tutorials

Japanese makeup can almost be a way of life. While these sometimes classic, sometimes ultra-trendy and wild makeup looks appear difficult, they’re actually quite easy to pull off with a little practice.

How to Be a Ninja in 6 Minutes

Want to be a ninja but don't know how? Fear not: Joe Bareta and his epic mustache are here to help you out!

Samurai Guide: How to Wear a Sword

Not sure if samurai wore a sword with the handle pointed up to the heavens or down toward the earth? The answer may surprise you!

How Japan Deals with Digestive Problems

Even the land of the rising sun occasionally has stomach problems. Between the language barrier and the sheer amount of medicines available, such delicate situations can be a lot to digest. We're here to help!

How to Spend your Golden Week in Nagoya

How do you spend four days of holidays in Japan? Try heading to Nagoya!

Why Japan Loves Fish

Food culture expert Takeo Koizumi explains exactly why fish are so central to Japanese cuisine culture.

8 Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Tokyo

When it rains in Tokyo, it rains a lot. We've found eight unique ways to spend an entertaining rainy day in the metropolis.

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