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Things to Do on 5 Key Japanese Holidays

Japan has a worldwide reputation as a workaholic nation. But little do people know that Japan offers days off on holidays that don't exist anywhere else in the world. Here are some ideas for things to explore on those days!

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.

The Secrets of 'Gokon'

What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?

Where to Buy (More) Cheap Stuff Around Tokyo

It seems like people in Tokyo really want to save some money! If you loved the wildly popular 'Where to Buy Cheap Stuff Around Tokyo,' here's the sequel, giving you even more cheap ways to survive survive the big city on a small budget.

Unique Transportation in Japan Worth a Try

Trains are not the only way to get around Japan! Have a new experience aboard one of these one-of-a-kind modes of transportation.

All About Japanese Longevity

What's the secret to longevity in Japan? We take a look at some statistics to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Dating & Exoticism in Japan

Does being foreign really help one date in Japan?

Japan's 1st Transgender Man Elected to Office

In March 2017, Japan elected its first openly transgender man to public office who drew on his own experiences of isolation during his campaign.

Tokyo Side Trips for Every Type of Traveler

While Tokyo alone could satisfy your craving for a yin and yang experience—say, a taste of city life in Shibuya coupled with the greenery of Shinjuku Gyoen—there's more to enjoy beyond the city limits of Tokyo!

A Quick Guide to the East Tokyo Neighborhoods

With 23 central city wards and multiple towns and villages west of the city center under a singular administration, it will take a while before you can call yourself a 'Tokyo Guru.' For a start, let us take you across the eastern neighborhoods!

The Sound & the (Lack of) Fury of Japan

While we know that silence is definitely golden in Japan, there is, on the other hand, an interesting relationship to noise here.

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!

Cheaper Options for Budget Living in Tokyo

Tokyo is often tagged as one of the cities with the highest cost of living on Earth. But for those with a plan in mind, living on a budget is quite possible in the capital city. Here's a lowdown of things I learned to save money in the city.

Fab Five Cafés with Free Wi-Fi

Compared to other major cities around the world, it's not easy to find quality cafés with good food, drinks, atmosphere and free Wi-Fi in Tokyo. For the discerning customer with internet needs, these five hot spots are handpicked just for you!

How to Keep Track of Japan's Cherry Blossoms

Since cherry blossoms only last about two weeks in any given area, the progressing 'cherry blossom front' is carefully tracked on the morning TV weather reports. If you want to follow along online, look no further than the JNTO!

Change the Way You Think About Tea Ceremony

Not all tea ceremonies are created equal. Some are traditional and stuffy; this one is 'avant-garde.'

6 Shipping Companies That'll Make Life Easier

When you first arrive in Japan with all your luggage, it may be tempting to travel around carrying around all your things with you wherever you go. But check out these alternatives to help you travel light and make the best of your trip here!

Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day

Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.

Memoirs of Being a Black Sheep in Japan

One of our writers recounts his experiences living in Japan as an African-American, how he is perceived in society, and how life here compares to life back home.

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

There's no better way to get to know your date than to dive into a first-time experience for both of you. Here are five outside-the-box ideas you can try in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas that are sure to give you insight into one another!

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