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Japan Travel Blogs Worth Following

Japan is an amazing country rich in history and culture. It is, without a doubt, one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Foreign tourist arrivals for the first five months of this year alone reached 7.54 million, based on data from the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). The Japanese government hopes to achieve its annual goal of 20 million by 2020.


Learning about Japan and its people is fast and easy today. One just needs to go online and browse the different websites or blogs that focus on the land of the rising sun. These sites are also very useful to people wanting to visit this Asian country. Those passionate about writing on anything about Japan can even pursue a career in blogging. You just have to search via online jobs sites and check posts that says blogger needed.

There are numerous choices available but here are some of the best Japan travel blogs worth visiting and following. Continue reading »

How the Japanese Live to be 100

The Japanese are known to lead a healthy lifestyle and have a medium built body with no signs of a bulging tummy in both males and females. They don’t have weight issues and many live up to 100.

Did you know that Japan has four times more people aged 100 or more than any other country? The Health Ministry based in Tokyo noted that an estimated 51,000 Japanese are still living.

Japanese meal

Japanese women enjoy the longest life in the world averaging at 87.0 years based on the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) study while the men has an average of 79.4 years life expectancy. The Guinness World Records listed Misao Okawa who lived up to 117 years as the world’s oldest person in 2013. Okawa died of heart failure just this April 2015 after celebrating her birthday. Continue reading »

How to Enjoy Your Conveyor Belt Sushi

Sushi is one of Japan’s most famous dishes. This is served not only in Japan but as well as in other Japanese restaurants around the world.

But when you’re in the land of the rising sun, a dining place you should experience is the conveyor belt sushi restaurant. This type of restaurant is also referred as a sushi train or kaiten-zushi in Japanese.

kaiten sushi restaurant

As its name suggests, conveyor belt sushi restaurants are eateries where dishes are served using a conveyor belt floating past your seat. In short, no waiter serves your food so you have to serve yourself by simply picking the dish you like that passes by. Sushis offered here are the quality yet affordable ones. Continue reading »

Seijinshiki: Rite of Passage for Japanese Girls

Japan has many traditional rites that up to now are still being practiced. One of them is Seijinshiki or the coming of age of Japanese girls.

This so-called Coming of Age Day honors Japanese ladies as they turn 20 years old and enter adulthood. It is a yearly national holiday that takes place every second Monday of January.

Coming of Age Day in Japan

To celebrate their becoming adults, the ladies are encouraged to develop self-reliance to become responsible citizens of their society. Ladies qualified to attend the Coming of Age Day are those whose 20th birthday is between April 2 of the past year and April 1 of the present year. Unlike in other countries which consider 18 as the legal age, the proper age a Japanese enters adulthood is 20. Continue reading »

The Cherry Blossom Phenomenon

The cherry blossoms or sakura are one of Japan’s gems that attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. But they can only be experienced during spring time hence, people from foreign countries wishing to see them should plan well for their trip.

These flowering trees bloom at different times every year depending on their location. Generally though, the blossoms bloom early in areas with milder climates. Those in sunny areas bloom earlier than those in shadowy places.

Blooming Season

cherry blossoms

On the southern island of Okinawa, for instance, the cherry blossoms open in January while in Hokkaido in the north, they bloom as late as May. In the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka meanwhile, they bloom in April. Continue reading »

Schoolchildren Bike to School in Japan

Japan is one Asian country that boasts of an active bicycle lifestyle for kids and adults. As such, one would see specific bicycle lanes around the country’s major cities and these are widely used by people of all ages and social standings every day.

Among the active bicycle users in Japan are the schoolchildren. Even in their uniforms, these young kids notably those already in the higher level are urged to pedal to and from school on a daily basis.

students biking in Japan

Schools in Japan prohibit parents from dropping off their kids by car. If they do, they have to drop off the child a few meters away from the school. This is because of the narrow roads around schools and the presence of many kids who can be at risk of accidents when cars are allowed to pass by the area. Continue reading »

Australian Model Miranda Kerr Becomes a Geisha for Vogue Japan Cover

Geishas have always been held in high regard in traditional Japanese culture, and while what the world may know about them may mainly come from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, these female entertainers and hostesses are highly trained in a wide array of Japanese arts including classical music, dance, games, and the art of conversation. They were – are – truly one of the symbols of Japanese culture.

Miranda Kerr

Perhaps that is why the new Vogue Japan cover is making waves. Continue reading »

Comfort Women: Who and Where are They?

In Asia, the words “comfort women” strikes a chord to people who are aware of such reference to older females. Although a reality, the term often causes an unpleasant emotion particularly among female citizens of Asian countries occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War.

It was during World War II when tens of thousands of young women mostly teenagers were forced to become the sex slaves of Japanese soldiers. This was not limited to a single country as the trade was done in China, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even the Dutch women were not spared.

comfort women

Due to the ordeal that they went through under the Japanese military, it was taboo to discuss the issue publicly in the past. It was only in the 1990s when the media reported about such cases in the hope of calling the attention of Japan and prompt the government to make an apology for such intolerable acts against young Asian women. Various women groups sought these comfort women from different Asian countries to find out their experiences and to urge Japan to claim responsibility, apologize and pay compensation for their victims. Continue reading »

Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan

Tension is high in Asia as several countries in the region are involved in territorial disputes particularly in the China Sea. China is in the forefront for being in conflict with Japan and other Asian nations.

China has been in a row for years now over islands which it claims to be part of its territory. It claims most parts of the South China Sea and does not accept any claims to any part of those areas from countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

China-Japan Islands Dispute

While China insists it owns most of the islands in the South China Sea, it is also claiming ownership of the Senkaky/Daioyu islands in the East China Sea currently controlled by Japan. Since 1895, the area has been controlled by Japan but China has been stressing that the islands have long been the fishing ground of its people. Continue reading »

4 Popular Japanese Board Games

There may be universal board games that people love to play during their leisure time. They are normally played by two people although there are some that allow multiple players.

Each country, however, has its own traditional board games for adults that its citizens have grown to love. Japan is no exception. This land of the rising sun may be known to be a leader in technology including the popular electronic gadgets a lot of people own today but it also boasts of board games that have a cultural significance to the country and its people.



Gomoku is an abstract strategy board game traditionally played using Go pieces or the black and white stones. Also referred to as Gobang or Five in a Row, it makes use of a go board with 19×19 intersections although it may be played using a paper and pen as well. Continue reading »