Japanese Gift Giving Occasions

The gift giving culture in Japan is a huge part of this society, with presents given for all types of occasions. Now, while there are plenty of gift giving etiquette to remember, it's also important to know the different occasions when gifts are appropriate - and the best type of gift for each occasion. So here's …

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A Weekend in Atami

After having explored only a fraction of Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures, I decided that it was high time that I explored somewhere new - and thanks to some convincing, I decided that Atami would be the perfect place to start my exploration away from the big city. Located on the Izu Peninsula in the …

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Fun at Tokyo One Piece Tower

As a birthday treat, I decided to take a trip to the One Piece amusement park in Tokyo Tower - a new opened fun-land for children and One Piece enthusiasts. However, the park is a lot more than that - it captures the essence of one of the most famous manga and anime in Japan. …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: KitKats

Kit Kats are popular all over the world, including South Africa, however, only in Japan can you find almost every single flavour of Kit Kat. From regular, to dark, to strawberry, to cheesecake, to matcha, you can seriously get any flavour you like. Of course, just like the Baby Star Ramen, you may have to …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: Baby Star Ramen

Check out the first episode of my latest segment, The Midnight Snack Booth where I try out different snacks from around Japan. In today's episode I try the delicious snack, Baby Star Ramen. These dried ramen noodles come in a variety of flavours around Japan and make the perfect on-the-go snack (even though they're really …

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