Navigating Koburi Pass 顔振峠

With the warmth of spring heating up, I decided to take another hike before the humid rainy season struck Japan. But instead of taking another famous hiking trail, I chose a more rural and uncommon spot: Koburi Pass. Koburi Pass is a relatively easy hike that takes you to many different peaks in Saitama Prefecture - …

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Exploring Eastern Kyoto

Kyoto is often considered the historical centre of Japan - with plenty of shrines, temples, and other traditional places. In fact, Kyoto was previously the capital of Japan before moving to Tokyo at the end of the Edo period (1868). But even in the present day, Kyoto has maintained its historical beauty and has become …

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A 3 Day Weekend in Kyoto [Video]

Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto (京都), is famous for its Buddhist and Zen Temples, Shinto Shrines and other cultural centres. After Japan moved its capital to Tokyo in 1868, Kyoto remained the country's 'intellectual center' with traditions and cultural practices being kept alive in the city. In recent years, Kyoto has become the most popular tourist …

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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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Gift Giving Guidelines in Japan

Giving gifts are an incredibly important part of Japanese culture and presents are given for so many different occasions. In fact, gift giving in Japan is taken so seriously that it's not only seen as common courtesy, but a social obligation as well. Of course, like any gift giving culture, there are a certain number of …

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Business Etiquette in Japan

Japanese business culture is pretty strict. Whether it's the exceptionally polite use of language, the long working hours, or the inability to interrupt, Japan has a very hardcore view on business and business etiquette. But luckily for foreign business visitors, not all Japanese companies expect you to know all the ins-and-outs of business etiquette. However, …

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5 Annoying Things about Japan [Video]

Overall, Japan is a fantastic place to live and work, but as you pass through the honeymoon phase of culture shock, some small things begin to niggle away at you. Yes, that's right, this is the 'Frustration Phase' of Culture Shock. So as a response to this, I decided to make a video about some …

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7 Crazy Japanese Superstitions (that might offend)

I'm sure we've all been guilty of some cultural faux pas or other. Whether it's not saying 'God bless you' after someone sneezing, opening an umbrella indoors, or unknowingly using bad table manners, we've all done something to make others uncomfortable. And in Japan, there are many cultural faux pas that you have to be …

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Lake Kawaguchiko: The Perfect View of Mt Fuji

Early one chilly winter morning, I was awoken by my blaring alarm. But instead of being struck with dread, my heart raced with anticipation. You see, I was going to finally strike an item off of my ever-increasing Bucket List: I was going to see Mount Fuji! An active volcano, Mt Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is Japan's …

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Booth in South Africa: 5 Things to do in Cape Town [Video]

Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations on the African continent, and with so many things to do there, it was almost impossible to whittle down this list to just five items. But here we are... a list of 5 things to do in The Mother City! (But just remember this list is …

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