Market squares that are transformed into beautiful little villages made of wood and fairy lights, the scent of cinnamon and oranges lingering in the air as you wander around the aisles.
December 21, 2016
So how can you make sure that you have everything you need in the case of a large earthquake, for example, that may leave you stranded (call for help)?
December 8, 2016
If you want to make a good impression, you must have nice socks. But owning impressive pairs of socks to is not difficult, because there is a fantastic selection of all kinds of socks in Japan.
November 19, 2016
Anyone who has either studied about or has been to Japan will most-likely know that gift-giving permeates within the Japanese culture. The fascinating and confusing custom of Japanese gift giving can be successfully navigated with a little study and a lot of patience!
October 2, 2016
When you walk into the restaurant, you will be surrounded by posters and toys from generations ago. Old movie posters from the 60s, advertisement signs, country flags used during school sports days, discontinued Astro-boy figures……
September 28, 2016
It’s actually a large chain of discount stores, with over 160 locations in Japan, and 3 in Hawaii. It carries pretty much anything you can imagine, including groceries, homeware, clothing, and cosmetics, as well as some off the wall products (more on these later).
September 24, 2016
No matter the place you travel to everyone loves to purchase souvenirs. Souvenirs are great gifts for others, offering a snippet of the place you visited, but are also great gifts for yourself, as a fond reminder of the time spent somewhere away from home! Japan is a country that is very fond of omiyage and the souvenir giving custom and thus has many great souvenirs to offer! Below are the top ten…
September 12, 2016
You probably heard about the hanko - The personal seal is an important part of Japanese culture and everyday life. Although the importance of hankos in everyday Japanese culture is prevalent, a personalized seal is also a great gift idea or souvenir to bring back from Japan. Whether you want to surprise a loved one with their personal name stamp in Japanese letters, or you just want it as a memory for yourself, you can get one easily without paying a lot of money, and with limited Japanese ability. Where from you might ask? From a vending machine!
September 1, 2016
Have you ever visited a shrine or temple in Japan? If so, you may have noticed a common theme; little wooden plaques adorned with art and handwriting. But what are they? And what purpose do they serve? Say hello to the Ema board, or Japanese wishing plaque.
August 29, 2016