Writer: Donna Sheffield

Hi, I'm Donna. I'm from Yorkshire, in England. I have over 15 years' experience in writing and editing for a wide range of international media, and right now I create textbooks for people studying English in Japan. My first real exposure to Japanese culture was through reading manga, and after coming here on holiday, my curiosity about Japan only grew stronger. I moved to Kansai in 2009, and I'm still learning and loving things about Japan all the time. I still read a lot of manga, and I also love going to festivals and meeting yurukyara.

Kyoto’s Tale of Genji Museum is an Enjoyable Wander into Japan’s Literary World

The last ten chapters of The Tale of Genji are set in the small town of Uji in Kyoto, and the city has a small yet delightful museum dedicated to it. The Tale of Genji Museum first opened in 1998, but it’s been upgraded in recent years with some fun interactive and digital elements. If you’re a fan of the novel, or want to escape the tourist crowds in Kyoto, it’s well worth a look.

How to Do Purikura in 6 Easy Steps

When you visit Japan, you’ve got to get at least one set of 'purikura', or print club, stickers to take home as a souvenir. These fun photo booths come in a variety of styles, but they’re all easy to use. Here’s how to work them even if you don’t speak Japanese, plus a bit of history.

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