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How to Use 'Omiyage' in the Workplace

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

What is Ichiju-Sansai?

World-famous Japanese foods like sushi, ramen and sukiyaki are actually not frequently served at the dinner table in ordinary Japanese households. To find more typical home cooking, we need to look at a kind of Japanese cuisine known as 'ichiju-sansai.'

Understanding Japanese Phone Culture

Before heading off to Japan, you may want to check out these keen observations by visitors from overseas regarding Japanese smartphone etiquette.

Top 10 Traditional Sweets of Japan

The 10 top traditional Japanese sweets everybody craves!

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?

6 Tips for Shopping in Japan

Japan is definitely not short of shopping malls and arcades, and you're bound to wind up in a store amazed at the amount of cool stuff you can buy! Here are a few tips to guarantee an amazing shopping experience while in Japan.

5 Fantastic Websites for Fall Foliage

These five sites will make sure you don’t miss a beat as the leaves change color from north to south across the country!

Lifesaving Japanese Drugstore Makeup

Japan is makeup heaven. This includes not only top-shelf brand names, but also a great variety of budget brands, which are often well designed and highly effective.

9 Tips for Surviving Crowded Trains

Trains in Japan can become extremely packed—to the point where they feel like they're bursting at the seams! But if you follow these tips, you'll learn how to ride those crowded trains like a pro!

4 Easy Phrases to Rock Your Japanese Workplace

Japan has a number of set phrases that are used a lot in the workplace. Make a good impression on day one by knowing exactly what to say!

Don't Know Sake? Welcome to Sake School!

Take a short, comprehensive tour of how sake is made, what it's about, and how to thoroughly enjoy this Japanese traditional treasure!

Ekiben: Symbols of Colorful Local Culture

There was a time in Japanese history when each domain acted practically as its own country. So it's hardly surprising that each area developed its own culture and customs, giving a distinctive flavor and flair to each region.

Helpful Healthy Tips When Ordering Sushi

When it comes to calorie intake, not all sushi is created equal. So if you're looking for healthier options, be sure to follow these tips!

How to 'Hanami' Like A Pro

Whether you're going with your family, friends or co-workers, here's what you need to know to enjoy your cherry blossom viewing to the fullest!

The Top 6 Beers in Japan

With all the great beers available in Japan, it's difficult to sort and enjoy only the best. We've done the research for you and chosen these six for your drinking pleasure!

6 Selected 'Combini' Sweets

Don't know the difference between a Crunky and a Hi-Chew? We'll help you navigate some of the basics of Japanese convenience store sweets!

How to Play 'Jan-Ken-Pon'

In Japan, paper-rock-scissors is known as 'jan-ken-pon.' Children here use it to decide virtually everything—and this means that if you're a schoolteacher, 'janken' is one of the very first skills you need to pick up!

The Shinkansen Network in Japan

A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!

10 Intricate Ins & Outs of Train Etiquette

Japan is well-known as a polite society, and knowing the rules of etiquette is important to getting around Tokyo. With these 10 tips, you'll be commuting like a local.

All About Gachapon

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

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