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The Wonder of Solo Activities in Japan

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Harmony is heavily valued in Japanese society, with the tendency to emphasise groups over individuals. This is said to have emerged from Japanese geography, history and culture. Being isolated from other countries, Japan has yet to experience major racial or cultural invasion, making the country ho… Read More

Interesting Japanese Food

Sydney Food and Drink Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Japan is truly a foodie’s heaven, with lots to offer. But there’s so much more than just sushi, wagyu, ramen, and sashimi, which you will see below. Be sure to try them out the next time you’re in Japan (hopefully this article doesn’t gross you out). That being said, all hail the interesting food o… Read More

Purikura-The Core of Kawaii Culture

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Photos are a great way to preserve memorable moments. While the term 'selfie' only really became prevalent along with the advent of smartphones in recent years, Japan was perhaps the pioneer to develop something somewhat similar to this with the ‘Purikura' machine, a booth which produces stamp-size… Read More

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

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We all know that Japan is very capable of going beyond our expectations of converting something into more unique and extraordinary. The Robot Restaurant, vending machines, digital art museums and Pachinko... and train rides! While Japan is famously known for its efficient and extensive railway netw… Read More

Entertaining Japanese Videos to Watch at Home

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The current COVID-19 outbreak has caused unnecessary stress to many of us especially because of the uncertainty of it all. For now, let’s all play our part and heed the government’s advice to stay home unless necessary.  We’re just as bummed as you are to hear that so many events, … Read More

SHIKOKU

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Shikoku is an island of Japan, located to the southwest of Tokyo. Its name means four countries, and as the name suggests, it is made up of four prefectures; Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Ehime. Shikoku came in the second one of the top Asian destination in Lonely Planet’s Best in the Asia Pacifi… Read More

Kawaii Stuff: Animals in Japan (part 2)

Discover Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

We recently did a list of top 5 cutest native Japanese animals and you loved it so much that we had to add to the list! This time we've gathered five of the fluffiest animals you can meet in Japan. Ezo Momonga Image via Japan Info  These adorable little creatures are found in Hokkaido, which was… Read More

Kawaii Stuff: Animals in Japan (part 1)

Discover Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Japan is known for many things, for its traditional culture, for its food, for its abundant powder snow, and for being the home of truly ‘kawaii’ (cute) stuff! We are diving right into the big wide world of kawaii and we are starting with the animals in Japan, because in true Japanese fashion, they… Read More

The Ultimate Japanese Staycation Guide

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Discover the real Japan in Sydney The multicultural setting of Australia has allowed outstanding elements of Japanese culture and cuisine to become a part of everyday life Down Under. The love Australians have for Japan, which for many nowadays almost certainly includes sushi, embraces a varie… Read More

Gotemba: more than just a view of Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji, for obvious reasons, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan. The allure of this sacred mountain was no different for Meg and her friend Liv, who stayed in Gotemba to be close to it. On the way, Meg and Liv quickly realised that this had unexpectedly taken them on an adventur… Read More

A date with Tokyo city

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Going on a date in Tokyo is essentially a date with the city itself. You get to know each other just by being there, and wherever you look, something fascinating is looking right back at you. My ideal date with Tokyo city begins in Omotesandō, exploring the streets to find a cute cafe to brunch … Read More

The frenetic, fashionable Shibuya

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Nursing a warm latte, the famous Shibuya scramble crossing sprawls beneath me. My eyes wander over brightly coloured billboards, trucks that blare out J-pop tunes, and young pretty things immaculately dressed, sharing the streets with salarymen and the eccentric. I’m in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most… Read More

Sumo wrestling in Ryogoku

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There are many sumo stables in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district, but only a small handful offer access to tourists. Even then, their requirements are so strict that you really must be part of a guided tour - a traditional Japan bucket list essential. Kasugano Beya, near Ryogoku Station, is perhaps the … Read More

Connecting with Japan’s cultural heritage

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Experienced traveler and blogger Kim-Ling tells us that visiting World Heritage sites while overseas will allow you to form your own connection to a country. It also enables you to gain a greater understanding of its culture and history. ‘From the Zen Japanese gardens, located in busy cities, to… Read More

FIVE BIG YEARS

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Highlights from a century of skiing in Japan   1911  THE BIRTH OF SKIING IN JAPAN A demonstration of skiing down Mt Kanaya, Niigata Prefecture, by visiting Austro-Hungarian army officer Theodor von Lerch in 1911 is credited as the birth of the sport in Japan. For many locals of Japan's snow… Read More

DAY ONE: NATURAL IMMERSION

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Owakudani geothermal area, Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Tonosawa hot springs     At 1,050 metres above sea level, the Owakudani geothermal area offers one of Hakone's best views of Mount Fuji. This valley steams and hisses with vapour coming straight through the earth's crust, and… Read More