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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How to Prepare for an Earthquake in Japan

Japan is an island that sits right on top of The Pacific Ring of Fire - a deadly zone that is characterized by plenty of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. As a result, it's not uncommon to feel frequent tremors and earthquakes during your time in Japan. In fact, over 1,500 earthquakes happen in Japan every …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Onsen-ing

Once in the dressing room, you should strip down naked. That's right, you have to be starkers in an onsen - no bathing suits allowed! Now this may intimidate you, but remember, everyone there is naked and no one is looking nor judging you. And on the plus side, there's nothing better than hanging free!