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Beppu, Japan’s Hot Spring Heaven

Oita Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

Onsen, or Japanese hot spring, are public baths with geothermally-heated, mineral-rich spring water. They are synonymous with Japanese culture, but maybe a culture shock to non-Japanese. After all, soaking in the same bath with friends, family or strangers is not something non-Japanese may be used … Read More

The Wonder of Solo Activities in Japan

Sydney Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

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

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

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

6 Best Japanese Chain Restaurants

Sydney Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

Having authentic Japanese meals when in Japan is a must. Sushi, sashimi, tempura, onigiri, yakitori, the list goes on... This is what tourists typically crave for when they travel to Japan. However, there are also a whole lot of popular chain restaurants and fast-food stalls among the local Jap… 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 Recent Trend in Japanese Dating

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Japan is currently struggling with an aging and shrinking population. The average age for first marriage shows that both men and women are getting married later than their previous generations. Numerous factors exist behind this trend such as the lack of confidence in their job security nor financi… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

Yamanashi Transport GJ Editor GJ Editor

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

Unique Table Manners in Japan

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Every culture has its own table manner to follow and Japan is no exception. While Japanese will be generous and won’t be offended if you’re unable to conduct the correct table manners, it is always nice to understand and follow the common etiquettes to demonstrate your good manner and respect for t… Read More

Essential Japanese phrases for Japan Journey

Sydney Language GJ Editor GJ Editor

Tired of pointing and nodding? Here are some phrases to assist your trip to Japan! While the language barrier is still an issue in some areas, rest assured that you will be able to survive most of your journey (hopefully) and make your experience even better with the following. Please note, that yo… Read More

6 essential Nintendo Switch games

Sydney Entertainment GJ Editor GJ Editor

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many at home in need of new activity and of course, new games. What better way than to enjoy fantasy and adventure with everyone’s favourite console, the Nintendo Switch. We have nitpicked essential Nintendo Switch games anyone can enjoy, check them out!… Read More

Entertaining Japanese Videos to Watch at Home

Sydney Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

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

Simple Japanese Recipes to Try at Home

Sydney Food and Drink Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

This self-isolation period is probably the best time for us to try our hands at something new. Cooking is a practical skill, especially in times like these, where you won't be able to survive on takeout the whole time. Whether you're experienced in the kitchen or not, here are a few simple Japanese… Read More

Pre-travel guide to Japan

Basics Brendan Vestergaard Brendan Vestergaard

Unfortunately, travelling in Japan is simply not feasible at this time. However, you can still plan for your epic adventure in Japan! Instead of binge-watching Netflix during these unprecedented events, why not plan your next trip to Japan. I get it. Planning holidays can often be time-consuming an… Read More