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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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Purin-tastic! Unveiling the Delights of Traditional Japanese Pudding

Craving a creamy, caramelized dream? Look no further than プリン purin, the beloved Japanese custard pudding that’s taken the world by storm. While it might remind you of classic crème caramel or flan, purin offers a unique experience bursting with Japanese charm and delicate textures. Dive with me into the world of this wobbly wonder! […]
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Navigating “Kōban Katsudō”: A Guide to Police Encounters in Japan

Living in Japan comes with many delights, but for foreigners, unexpected police encounters can be confusing and even anxiety-inducing. 交番活動 Kōban katsudō, or routine police questioning on the street, is a common practice, but knowing your rights and communicating effectively can make the experience much smoother. A Quick Jump To… What Is 交番活動 Kōban katsudō […]
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A Guide to Eyelash and Eyebrow Salons in Japan

Japan is a haven for beauty enthusiasts; eyelash and eyebrow salons are no exception. With meticulous attention to detail and innovative techniques, these salons can transform your eyes and frame your face for a dramatic or natural look, depending on your preference. However, navigating the world of Japanese beauty salons as a non-Japanese speaker can […]
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What is the Best City to Learn Japanese in?

Want to learn Japanese? Discover your ideal city with this guide! Explore Tokyo’s education revolution, Osaka’s dialectic differences, Kyoto’s scholarly heritage, and Fukuoka’s student sanctuary. Read on to find the best city for your language journey! A Quick Jump To… Tokyo: The Definitive Language Learning Hub Tokyo’s vast language learning opportunities cater to everyone from […]
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Yuzu: Japan’s Popular Citrus

ゆず Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native to East Asia and is particularly popular in Japan. The scientific name of the fruit is citrus junos. The yuzu fruit is about the size of a tangerine and has a unique flavor profile that combines lemon, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. It is known for its […]
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Dive into the Sweetness: A Guide to Strawberry Picking in Japan

The sun glistens on plump, ruby-red strawberries nestled among lush green leaves. The air hums with the buzz of bees, and the scent of summer hangs heavy. This isn’t your average fruit-picking experience – welcome to the world of Japanese strawberry farms! This blog will tell you where to go strawberry picking in Japan! A […]
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Stepping into Adulthood: Your Guide to the Enchanting 成人式(Seijinshiki) in Japan

Ah, the 成人式 Seijinshiki, a vibrant ceremony marking the monumental transition into adulthood for young Japanese men and women turning 20. It’s a day draped in tradition, stunning attire, and the promise of exciting possibilities just around the corner. This blog will walk you through the Seijinshiki ceremony on the Coming of Age Day, where […]
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How To Use すみません Correctly? A Guide To All Meanings of Sumimasen 

Sorry” in English and “Sumimasen” in Japanese. Both expressions have the same function of apology, but there are cultural differences in the situations in which they are used. Here is an actual example from our Coto teacher. “When the teacher gives the instruction, 「この文を読んでください」Kono bun o yondekudasai (Please read this sentence), some learners often say, […]
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Navigating Japan’s Train System Without Pasmo or Suica: A Guide to Paper Tickets in Japan

The news of suspended sales of Pasmo and Suica cards in Japan has left many travelers wondering how to navigate the country’s efficient train system. But worry not! While IC cards offer convenience, 切符 kippu/乗車券 joushaken or paper tickets remain readily available and are still a viable option for getting around. Here’s a guide on […]
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2024 Coto Travel Guide: Things To Do In Japan In January

January in Japan is a magical time. The country is transformed into a winter wonderland, with snow-capped mountains, glittering illuminations, and the festive spirit of the New Year. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, or pure relaxation, Japan in January has something for everyone. A Quick Jump To… Experience お正月 Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) […]
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Celebrating Shogatsu: Unveiling the Magic of Japanese New Year

The Japanese New Year, also known as 正月 Shogatsu, is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that stretches from December 28 to January 3. It’s a time for families to reunite, reflect on the past year, and welcome the new one with hope and joy. This guide will walk you through Japanese New Year traditions, […]
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