Okinawa: Things to Do on this Island Getaway

As a late spring vacation, I decided to catch a plane and head on down to Okinawa - a group of islands in the south part of Japan. The islands of Okinawa are famous for its subtropical climate - and is often referred to as 'the poor man's Hawaii'. But don't let that perturb you, …

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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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Cycling At The Imperial Palace

Have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo? Want to take a special someone on a date in the heart of the city? Want to spend a relaxing Sunday with your family? Well, look no further than the Imperial Palace! Every Sunday, a 3 km stretch of road around the famous palace in Tokyo is …

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Cat Cafe Review [Video]

Cat Cafes are great places to chill out with some cats and enjoy delicious snacks. After being in Japan for over a year, I decided to finally visit one of these infamous cafes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaDg_sG8O34 Fun Fact: The Japanese word for cat is Neko (猫) and meow is translated as Nya (ニャー). [Hence Nyan Cat]

The Wonderful World of Ghibli

From the outside it looks like a quiet country cottage with vines creeping all over the house and giving a sense of humble dignity. Before entering the museum, you already feel a sense of anticipation and curiosity - like it's the start of an adventure. And when you finally step inside, you're not disappointed. This is …

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