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New Japanese Banknotes: A Deep Dive into the Redesigned Yen

New Japanese banknotes are here! Look at what has changed, such as who is on the new banknote. Read about it now!
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5 Things To Know About Watching Baseball In Japan

Have you ever watched baseball in Japan, the most popular sport in Japan? You should! Here is all you need to know before watching one!
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Japanese Language & Cultural Immersion Course: Learn and Experience Japan

Learn the language and experience the culture with our brand-new flexible course that you can join while you are traveling in Japan. Limited spots available so book yours now!
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Japan’s JDM Underground

Interested in the JDM cars in Japan? Check out our guide on how to enjoy and be part of this fantastic scene!
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お守り Omamori: Japanese Shrine Charms

Have you ever been captivated by the vibrant brocade pouches overflowing at Japanese shrines? Those delightful bundles are お守り omamori, more than just trinkets – potent symbols of luck and protection, deeply woven into Japanese culture. A Quick Jump To… A Charm for Every Wish The beauty of omamori lies in their incredible diversity. Whether […]
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Japanese Envelopes: When and How to Use Them

Envelopes are more than just paper pockets in Japan. They hold messages, express respect, and even symbolize auspicious occasions. From everyday letters to celebratory gift money, each type serves a specific purpose, adding a layer of cultural nuance to communication. This blog will discuss the diverse world of Japanese envelopes and unveil their proper usage. […]
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Saying “I Do” in Japan: A Guide to Traditional Weddings

Japan, a land steeped in rich tradition and captivating beauty, offers a unique glimpse into the world of weddings. Stepping beyond the typical white gown and ceremony, Japanese weddings blend ancient Shinto rituals with modern elements, creating a ceremony brimming with cultural significance and emotional depth. This blog will take you through traditional Japanese weddings, […]
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Coto Culture Experience Course: Japan’s National Sport – 相撲 Sumo

Sumo, with its colossal wrestlers and lightning-fast throws, is more than just a sport; it’s a cultural phenomenon deeply woven into the fabric of Japanese society. Sumo offers a unique glimpse into Japanese tradition, discipline, and raw athleticism, from its ancient Shinto roots to its modern-day tournaments. With this, in last week’s culture course, the […]
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Love, Chocolate, and Friendship: A Guide to Valentine’s Day in Japan

While we all associate Valentine’s Day with romantic dinners and roses, things take a unique turn in Japan! Forget men giving chocolates; women take the reins, showering loved ones and even colleagues with sweets. Let’s dive into this fascinating cultural exchange, make some chocolate recommendations, and equip you with essential Japanese phrases. In Japan, on […]
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Japanese Etiquette and Cultural Norms

As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Welcome to the fascinating world of Japanese culture! Japan is a place where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with the modern world. It’s known for its unique customs and manners, and understanding these cultural norms isn’t just interesting; it’s essential for anyone planning to […]
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The Spring with Laughter and Beans: A Dive into Japan’s 節分 Setsubun Festivities!

As the crisp winter air begins to soften and a whisper of warmth promises the arrival of spring, Japan gets ready to celebrate 節分 Setsubun, a vibrant festival marking the seasonal shift. More than just welcoming spring, Setsubun is a joyous occasion to ward off evil spirits and usher in good luck and fortune for […]
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Traditional Culture Experiences in Tokyo: Samurai Experience

A Quick Jump To… An Introduction to Iaido While many are familiar with martial arts like Judo, Karate, and Aikido, Iaido remains a lesser-known yet equally fascinating Japanese Budo art. Unlike its counterparts, Iaido is unique in its use of a weapon – the katana, or samurai sword. It’s a solitary practice, where one trains […]
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