Studio Ghibli and Lupicia Tea Japan have combined to bring Studio Ghibli and tea lovers the Donguri Kyowakoku x Lupicia Studio Ghibli Themed Teas at all of Japans Donguri Kyowakoku locations! Customers can enjoy the Studio Ghibili inspired teas start...
Starbucks Japan is set to release the new Starbucks Japan American Cherry Pie Frappuccino and Starbucks Classic Tea Cream Frappuccino this Spring! Starting April 13th Starbucks lovers will be treated to some these limited time delights for Spring!
PABLO'S is getting in on the Spring atmosphere with the PABLO’s Spring Limited Time Berry and Panna Cotta Cheese Tart available for a limited time only!
Starbucks is back with yet another Starbucks Japan Seasonal Drink as Starbucks Japan has released the Starbucks Japan's Limited 12 Day Coffee and Cream Frappuccino and Latte!
Get you your passport ready, because while you are visiting Japan on as a tourist, checking out places like Shibuya and Ginza, you can take advantage of Japan's Tax Free incentives at thousands of locations around the country!
In Japan you will find many Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines. Please keep in mind the rules and be respectful to people who visit them. There are many different Shrines around Japan so make sure you plan appropriately before you visit.
Starbucks Japan has announced it's newest Spring time drink as the Starbucks Limited Time Shaken Apple Green Tea makes it's debut across the Kanto Region!
Japan and technology go hand in hand so it's not surprising to see Japan has the best beauty appliances in the world! Here are some Japanese beauty appliances!
Starbucks Japan has revealed it's limited time Spring Starbucks Pudding Series! Starbucks and Sakura lovers will definitely want to try their Starbucks Pudding!
Arriving on March 15th, Starbucks Japan's new Mango and Citrus tea flavored drinks are sure to cool you down and let you know spring is here. Make sure you pick one up on your way to see the cherry blossoms!
Check out these really cute spring paper sticker tape rolls by Bande. You can put them on anything to add some spring feeling! If you are visiting Japan and love cute things don't miss the opportunity!
Face masks are a popular cosmetic item in Japan, we try and explain the most useful and common ones for 2017. If you are looking for cosmetics in Japan make sure you check out these moisturizing masks.
Japan is renowned for its cute inventions and innovations. The heart shaped lemons of Float Lemon Tea are the latest example of original Japanese products.
Having a SIM Card while on vacation means no more searching for WiFi. With affordable SIM Card options, visitors can always be connected to the internet. You won't miss opportunities to share every moment.
Uji Matcha Baumkuchen, Kyo no Take will definitely not disappoint a match lover. This vibrantly green cake is rich and pairs well with tea. Be sure to pick up this treat from an airport in Japan.
New Japanese makeup products are released every season to create new trends in Japan. Shop for affordable and stylish Japanese makeup products that will change your makeup routine and here is the list of must buy in 2017.
With cherry blossom season right around the corner, the Coca-Cola Company is set to launch their Sakura Coke bottle for 2017! Coca-Cola is well-known for releasing a variety of limited time collectable bottles as the Sakura Coca-Cola Limited Time Bot...
The Suica card is more than just a faster way to get in and out of the train station. It's convenience in a card that can be used from one side of Japan to the other. Make your travels easier with a Suica card!
Spring in Japan not only means Sakura Blossoms; it also means Sakura flavored frappuccino and lattes and Sakura tumblers at Starbucks Japan! Don't miss out on the 2017 version of delicious Sakura Starbucks flavors and Sakura Tumbers at Starbucks Japa...
December is the gateway to a winter wonderland in Japan as the temperature drops and the nights are illuminated with spectacular lights. This guide explains the average temperature and what to wear.
November is the gateway to winter in Japan as the cold creeps in leaving behind traces of Fall. It is the perfect time of the year to experience this change for yourself while embarking on your Japanese adventure.
October in Japan means festivals and autumn leaves. During October, its best to dress in layers because the afternoon is warm, but mornings and nights are cold. This guide will explain the average temperature and what to wear.
Summer begins to disappear as September gives glimpses autumn. September in Japan is one of the best times of the year to see this majestic change with your own eyes! This guide explains the average temperature and what to wear.
July is the start of the beautiful but hot summer in Japan. Summer festivals and outdoor events are a great way to enjoy summer. Read about the average temperature and what to wear in July.
June in Japan brings the rain as much of the country braces for the rainiest season of the year. Don't let that discourage you since there is so much to do in the beautiful country of Japan!
May in Japan means beautiful landscape when the country is in full bloom. Since summer is around the corner, time to breakout the warm weather clothes. This guide will explain what to wear and the average temperature.
By April in Japan, most regions start to warm up and the cherry blossoms are blooming. It starts to get warm but there can be spontaneous showers so having an umbrella at all times is a must. This guide describes the average temperature and what to w...
August in Japan is one of the hottest months. There are many firework displays and cultural festivals. Knowing what to wear and what the temperature will be can help you pack for your trip.
Around some parts of Japan, it starts to warm up. In the north its still snowing but more towards the south, it's warm enough to not need a winter coat. Come see Japan when the cherry blossoms start blooming.
Haneda Airport is close to Tokyo but it may be difficult for tourists to find their way to Tokyo, we're here to help you with this handy guide to make your trip a success!
In Tokyo, there is Wi-Fi everywhere. Your smartphone might be the most convenient travel item when in Japan. With this guide you'll be able to find free Wi-Fi anywhere in Tokyo with no trouble!
Getting from Narita International Airport to Tokyo can be confusing and difficult when you first arrive in Japan. We'll help you figure out where to go and what to ride with our handy guide.
February is also a cold month in Japan. Some say February is actually the coldest time of the year. Visiting Japan in February means layers on layers to stay warm.
Different parts of Japan can be extremely cold during the winter. When in Japan during the winter, be sure to bring warm clothes. Enjoy winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.
Sestubun is a traditional Japanese holiday to welcome the first day of spring and to bring luck into the home. Every year on February 3rd, partake in rituals and eat festive food to celebrate spring.
Horoyoi is Japan's most irresistibly fruity alcoholic drink! It's a classic beverage of choice within Japan's drinking culture with it's catchy designs, limited edition flavors, and low alcohol content that's perfect for light drinkers. Take a quick ...
Japanese minimalism in general is one way to practice not only discipline in living life, but also simplicity and learning to appreciate that everything. Downsizing leads to a different perspective of life.
Nengajo are important cards sent out during the New Year to express thankfulness and appreciation. Everyone in Japan sends Nengajo to family and friends. New Year's is a big event in Japan.
Buddhism is the way to find peace within oneself, and Shojin Ryori supports the mind as well as the body. It is less important what to eat, but rather how to eat. Eating Buddhist Cuisine is a lifestyle change.
Osechi started in the Heian period and this traditional food is only eaten during New Years. Osechi is packed into jubako, a box that resemble bento boxes. Osechi mainly consists of delicious and fresh seafood.
Fukubukuro are lucky bags with discounted items from popular brands. Fukubukuro are only sold during New Year's in Japan. Shibuya 109 is famous for their brand name fukubukuro.
Champon is a regional dish from Nagasaki. Champon was inspired by a dish from China, Shikairo was the first restaurant during the Meiji period to serve champon. Nagasaki Champon is a must-try historic food.
In Japan, inew abbreviations are created every year, the Gyaru Buzzword Grand Prix 2016 decided what new words were in the most popular. The newest Gyaru words are a little different from high school girl words.
Words is Japanese are being twisted every year. Japanese high school girls abbreviate normal words and if popular enough, they will trend and everyone uses them. Some of the words used in 2016 are so unusual Japanese people don't even understand.
English is the global language, but the structure and grammar can be difficult to understand. Conversation and communication could be more important than reading and looking at flashcards.
Mukimono (剥き物) is the Japanese art of food carving. This unique tradition requires skill and technique. Designs are usually carved into fruit or vegetables. These garnishes decorate any plate.
New Year's in Japan is a special event, there are traditions that have been practiced for decades. Traditional food is eaten, people pray at temples, and spend time with their families.
At chain restaurants in Japan, there are many different ways to order your favorite food. Most of the time, the options are free so you can enjoy your usual a little differently.
In Japan, depending on the season, the average weather temperature differs in the area. There is spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The Kanto, Tohoku, and Kansai region are a little different when compared.
Christmas in Japan is a little different from other countries. There are traditions unique to Japan following the commercialization of the holiday. Christmas is for couples and New Years in for families.
Traditional Japanese games and toys from centuries ago are still alive and popular among children in Japan. Many games originated from the Edo period. One of these games could be a good souvenir.
The Japanese anime movie Kimi no Na Wa is a popular as ever. The band RADWIMPS composed all of the music, their new album is going to be released in late November. One of the main songs has a new music video.
Japan has many high quality lingerie brands. There are new products every season. With many colors and styles to choose from, there will be no problem finding something.
Japanese business manners can be very strict. Knowing these manners and rules can really impress a boss or a client. Not knowing where to sit can come off as rude.
A Shinto wedding is a traditional and unique ceremony within Japanese culture. Watch the ceremonies and rituals at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo or at other shrine around Japan.
The Shiba Inu is one of six dog breeds from Japan. The Shiba Inu is small, loyal, and likes to keep clean. This dog is considered a national treasure to Japan.
Based on a manga, the new Japanese drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu stars Aragaki Yui and Hoshino Gen. The "love dance" video released on YouTube got over one million views in 24 hours.
Japan is a mysterious country. Learn some new trivia about Japan and quiz your friends. Somethings will always remain a question. There is so must history related to Japan.
In Tokyo, an old sleeper train "Hokutosei" will be revived in partnership with Tokyo Hostels. Come stay at a train themed hostel and experience a piece of history. This is a fun experience for train fans and tourists.
Japanese animated films have become world-famous. Your name or Kimi no Na wa is a big hit throughout Japan in 2016. Films by Studio Ghibli will be classics and films by Mamoru Hosoda and Makoto Shinkai are capturing hearts.
Japanese female idols groups are mysterious yet so popular. Young girls audition to enter the world of show business and the winners are expected to a set good example for their fans.
Yuru-chara are mascots in Japan promoting a region, business, or government. The characters are cute and a piece of local history or culture is included in the design.
These are 10 of the best face washes sold in Japan. There is a face wash for every skin type. Japanese products try to use the most natural ingredients possible.
In Japan, there are some any different kinds of shampoo at the drugstore. Many products are made in Japan and many are cutting out sulfates and silicone. Find a shampoo to match your hair care needs.
After the invention of instant noddles, many other companies tried to create their own version. Consumers have hundreds of types of instant noddles to choose from. The basic flavors are soy sauce, pork broth, and miso.
There are many things in Japanese that can be inconvenient for foreigners. Many signs and menus are in complete Japanese and many shops and restaurants are cash only.
The director and former graphic designer Makoto Shinkai has created many successful movies over the years. With every movie, the wow factor is increased. The stories are touching and heartbreaking at the same time.
Ideas and inventions made in Japan rarely ever travel overseas. Most of everything stays in Japan. To see these amazing things in action, you must travel to Japan.
Food in autumn is considered to be some of the best within the four seasons in Japan. Some items are around for a limited time. Food opens new doors to unknown cultures.
There are many types of chocolate snack in Japan. New chocolates are being released to accommodate changing tastes. Matcha, white, and dark chocolate are being coming more popular.
Why was the Tsukiji Fish Market relocation postponed? Issues such as old facilities, sanitation, and an ineffective layout need to be addressed. Groundwater test results will determined what happens next.
For those who want to enjoy autumn leaves in Japan, here is the tentative forecast and seasonal report of 2016. Let's get prepared for seeing beautiful autumn leaves!
100-yen shops are a kind of discount store where you can get various products only for 100 yen plus consumption tax. Daiso, Can-Do, Seria are top three 100-yen shops can be found any cities in Japan.
Wagakki is Japanese musical instruments that has been used for traditional events. Listening to Mystic sounds and take Wagakki lesson must be a precious memory of your travel to Japan.
Japanese school festivals called "Bunkasai" or "Gakuensai" are truly something worth witnessing first hand. The attention to detail and the overall creativity from students really is something that will impress you.
How much do you know about Japan? It is true that it's a tiny country? Why its culture seems so unique? Well, let's see some facts and its secrets.
Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) is one of the things you have to see when you visit Japan, which is traditional Japanese art especially flourished in Edo period drawn by some famous artists.
Ika no shiokara is salted, fermented seafoods, often consumed as appetizers. You must try it because it is one of the popular Japanese food "chinmi (bizzare tastes)" and goes very well with sake.
Even if you are not looking for a super high-end train experience, try this new Sleeper Train "Train Suite Shiki-Shima" open in 2017 which has a complete different level of luxuriance.
Tattooing has been around for millennia, but the Western trend of the last thirty years or so toward tattoos as fashion statements has, due to established prohibitions, passed Japan by. But popular global culture not withstanding, don’t the Japanese,...
One of the most popular Japanese boy bands will call it quits. The international hit group, SMAP, will split up on December 31st of this year due to a number of reasons.
Learning Japanese proverbs is very important to fully understand Japanese conversation and readings. These Japanese proverbs will give you some help to live better and make you think deeper or make you laugh.
There are many kinds of Sake available in Japan but you may not have found Sake which suit your taste perfectly. The Sake I am introducing this time are very authentic and excellent ones. Each of them could be your favorite Sake!
There are several words in Japanese language which typically describes some kind of uniqueness of Japanese culture. These words are difficult to translate into the other language.
Have you ever heard of “Randoseru” that is a necessary item for almost all Japanese elementary school children. It had been supposed to be only for elementary school children, however, it has become popular among adults because of its efficiency.
Kuruma Tabi is a new traveling style in Japan. Find out what RV Parks, Yu You Parks, Gurume Parks, Train Parks, and Min Parks are all about!
The Japanese animation film studio "Studio Ghibli" will release a new movie “The Red Turtle” on September 17th, 2016. This is the Studio Ghibli's first film of cooperating with other country.
Summer is a great time to enjoy some newly released movies as well as existing masterpieces. Read on about these 4 must-watch films directed by Mamoru Hosoda.
The new slang words used by teenagers is very hard to understand and their parents can not even guess what is the meanings of those words. This time, let me tell you 10 most frequently used Interent/SNS slang words in 2016 so far.
At the Omatsuri (Japanese festival), there are rows of stalls called Yatai where you can buy your favorite food. Here are top 10 popular foods at the festival in Japan.
Japan has its unique fast food chain restaurants just like other countries. However Some of them are perhaps little strange to those who visiting Japan. Let me introduce some of the delicious Japanese fast food chains that you can only experience in...
I guess many people call names of great sport players as their heroes when they were kids. Let me introduce several Japanese sports legends who created Japanese sports history.
Ice cream is a favorite snack of all people. The Japanese are no exception. In fact, they have the some of the best ice creams available from Japanese convenience stores. It would be a sin not to try one of these.
Here are 10 new anime that both children and adults can enjoy watching. Check out the list below and find the one (or two or three or ten!) you like for the coming up summer 2016 season.
Inkan is a personal seal which are used instead of a sign in Japan. Inkan has one’s family name written in a circle or square and is customary to stamp documents.
In Japan you can find lots of fashion brands you did not know and attracts you very much. Let me introduce several cool & cute Japanese fashion brands which you may not know but should check out.
Obon is one of the most important annual events in Japan because our ancestor’s souls return to this world. Let's dance Bon Odori and enjoy the summer holidays!
When you come to Japan for a long term stay, you will of course need to rent an apartment. This article means to explain how to find a place in Japan.
During your stay in Japan, you might fall in love with a Japanese person. Be prepared! I will give you several useful Japanese words to express your romantic feelings towards your loving one.
Finding a part time job in Japan isn't Herculean task. This article makes it simple. It breaks down the process and offers a great place to start when looking a part time job in Japan.
This article discusses the popularity of Umi no Ie in Japan. If you are visiting in a summer month, beaches in Japan offer a great respite from this city. Japanese beaches offers more than just surf and sand.
This May some of Japan's snack producers are releasing not only new snacks but new flavors and versions of popular snacks in Japan. These snacks range in variety from rich and creamy chocolates to savory crispy treats.
Coming to a Japanese hair salon is a great experience. The overall service at Japanese hair salons truly highlights Japanese hospitality. Let me introduce how to get a haircut in Japan!
Did you know there are variety of fast food restaurant chains originated in Japan which are quite successful in business? Let me introduce several famous Japanese fast food restaurant.
Sumo Wrestling is one of the popular Japanese icons. But not many people outside of Japan understand what actually Sumo Wrestling is. Let me give you some deeper knowledge about Sumo.
What is Japanese Karaoke like? Almost all Japanese are into singing a song and getting their groove on with friends at a karaoke box. Let's enjoy the night in Japan!
What is your favorite snack? I guess you are interested in what kinds of snack are popular in Japan. Let me introduce 6 Japan's long seller snacks you should try.
July 7th is Tanabata (The Star Festival in Japan). Write your wishes and hopes on the oblong card and tie those to the bamboo leaf! Look up to the sky of many stars and eager for your success of your dreams.
Come and experience Purikura (Japanese photo booth). IT is now one of the biggest pop culture crazes. Wherever you go in Japan, you are bound to run into one of these. Here are some steps for you.
The Japanese rush hour is quite the experience. People often compare it to being sardines in a can. But here are some useful tips to help you survive.
Japanese people use lots of English words in their daily Japanese conversation but there are several words which Japanese believe English words and actually they are not.
You should visit these popular ramen chains (Ippudo, Korakuen, RaiRaiTei, Ichiran, Tenka Ippin) at first when you can't decide which ramen place to eat at in Japan.
Do you know what Japanese people have for dinner in their house? There are a variety of Japanese "mom's dishes" which would amaze you with the excellent taste.
Every year Japanese young generation produces new slang words. Those slang words are created mostly by Junior high and High school students.
The information about renting a pocket wifi in Japan. Which pocket wifi is the best? Let's compare some representative pocket wifi (JAL ABC wifi, Imoto wifi, Global wifi and pupuru) to rent.
There are several typical things that remind Japanese people of summer. I guess some of them are not familiar with you. If you are visiting Japan in the summer season, you may want to know about them.
Japanese school lunch called "Kyushoku" is unique Japanese culture. It is not only about eating but tell you very important lessons in nutrition, health, cooking, and social skills.
Torikizoku is super hot yakitori bar among young Japanese people because of its cheapness and good taste. Everything on the menu is 280 yen. Drinks as well including alcohol.
Introducing sushi etiquette in Japan. How to eat and order? Should you eat with fingers or chopsticks? This sushi etiquette guide will help you when you eat it in Japan.
This article talks about differences between McDonald in Japan and that in the United States. It includes the meal size, the taste, and the way of ordering.
This article shows 5 bizarre Japanese foods common in Japan. You may know some of them, such as umeboshi. But, still there should be something you don't know.
This article talks about basic requirements for going to university in Japan. It includes expense information, such as tuition and academic requirements.
This articles talks about Japanese language schools in Japan. You can see what the school look like and a way of choosing your best Japanese language schools.
This article gives information about labor market in Japan. Especially nowadays, component foreign workers are attractive to Japanese multinational companies.
On December 2013, Washoku (Japanese cuisine) is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. You must fall in love with the finest foods culture!
This article talks about some tips for taking a night bus in Japan, including a way of buying tickets, the cost of the fare, and the some manners in the bus.
This article compare 3 major transportation, an airplane, a train, and a bus in Japan. You should know their pros and cons before visiting Japan. Enjoy your trip!
If you like to improve your Japanese proficiency or just like to talk with Japanese people, you can find language exchange partners. Let's try to speak Japanese!
Hina Matsuri is the girls festival on March 3rd in Japan. We enjoy beautiful dolls and special foods. It's traditional Japanese custom and worth knowing!
Fuji Soba is a good restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese cuisine such as soba and udon with low price. I would like to share my experience at Fuji Soba.
There are not only Tokyo and Kyoto areas but also great attractive rural districts such as Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kyushu, Shikoku and Chubu in Japan.
Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial arts. But, do you know there are a lot sumo wrestlers who are from foreign countries? This article focuses on them.
Japanese are sometimes thought to be the best-mannered in the world. This article will tell you 5 peculiar etiquette and manners that you should keep in Japan.
Don Quijote is one of the most popular shopping stores in Japan. They offer many attractive service such as tax free, delivery service and foreign currency payment for foreign tourists and very popular among them.
The Japanese drugstores will blow your mind with many varieties of makeup and beauty products. Here are 10 must-buy beauty products you need to try.
A list of 7 Japanese cuisine you shouldn't miss out while you are in Japan. Definitely, you will love authentic Japanese food.