25 Sep | Denise Aoki |No Comments

From Spring to Winter – Fall in Love with Japan All Year Long

Have you ever fallen in love with a place on the first day you arrived? Well, Japan is one of those countries that you can easily fall in love with on your first trip, and I daresay that you can fall in love with the land of the rising sun not only once, but four times a year!

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3 Jun | Denise Aoki |No Comments

5 Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Bring Japan to You

Father’s Day is almost upon us! If you are wondering what to buy for the most important man in your life on this special day, we’ve prepared 5 Father’s Day gift ideas to help you in this task.

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10 Apr | Jordan |No Comments

Ramen in Culture

Ramen is enjoyed at any time of day and at any time of year. So is it really so surprising to learn how highly regarded it is? This quintessential Japanese experience is more than just a food, which is why it is so lovingly represented and so voraciously slurped up in all its forms, from the bowl, to the screen, to the page, and even in its own action figures!?!

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6 Feb | Robert Baker |No Comments

7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List By Visiting Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun boasts a unique culture that fascinates people all around the world. If you’ve watched films about samurais, eaten sushi in a restaurant, or taken part in martial arts training, you probably already admire some aspects of Japanese culture. But the best way to truly experience Japanese culture is by visiting Japan.

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27 Jan | Alan Tse |No Comments

Guide of the Month December 2019: Ida from Kyoto

For foodies interested in exploring various aspects of Kyoto cuisine, I would recommend our Nishiki Market tour. This tour takes place in “Kyoto’s kitchen,” Nishiki market in the heart of Kyoto city. We sample local foods during the first hours of the tour, then sit down and enjoy a kaiseki (traditional Kyoto-style meal) course prepared by the chef using ingredients from the Nishiki market. Definitely a must-do for any foodie out there!

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9 Jan | Yutaka |No Comments

The Handkerchief, a Western Import Beloved by the Japanese

Like many things imported from the West, the Japanese have embraced, improved on and made handkerchiefs an indispensable part of their everyday life. In fact, Japan is now the number one market for handkerchiefs in the world and Japanese-made handkerchiefs are renown for their quality and exquisite designs.

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12 Dec | Ida Johansson |No Comments

Why being a tour guide is a great part-time job in Japan

There are several perks to being a tour guide in a city with such a vibrant history like Kyoto. First of all, you will learn so much about the city you reside in, whether it is Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo or Hiroshima. I thought I knew a fair bit about Kyoto’s culture and history before I started doing tours, but I have probably learned more about the city in these past couple of months as a tour guide than I did in two years living here.

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19 Oct | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Guide of the Month September 2019: Asami from Tokyo

I have been working in Arigato Japan since 2017. The thing I love about being a tour guide is meeting people from all over the world, and sharing Japanese culture with people who visit Japan. I also have a special interest in Sake, and I love to explain how to pair sake and food together.

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7 Sep | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

Fake Food in Japan: The World’s Most Delicious Looking Plastic

If you have ever been to Japan, you might have seen plastic models of food in the windows of restaurants, displaying the edible counterparts that lay within. These are called ‘sampuru’ or ‘sample’ and have been part of the Japanese economy and food culture for nearly one hundred years…

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20 Aug | Gel Evangelista |No Comments

5 Things You Can Do in Japan That Will Make Your Trip Special

How can you make your trip to Japan even more special? Let’s get to know some activities that will keep you on your toes during your journey.

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