8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

Japan is the home of Shinto which is the indigenous Japanese faith. People come to Japanese shrines to learn about Shinto, “the way of the gods or “kami” and Buddhism. The Kami come by way of wind, rain, trees, fertility and all forms coming from nature. [Continue Reading…]

8 Tips About Cram School Culture in Japan!

8 Tips About Cram School Culture in Japan!

A cram school aims to provide additional training to students outside of normal school hours. There are cram school equivalents in most countries, but nowhere do they play such a fundamental role in education as in Japan. But why should that be the case?[Continue Reading…]

What’s Seiza? 8 Reasons why Japanese People Do Seiza!

What's Seiza? 8 Reasons why Japanese People Do Seiza!

Seiza (正座) is a formalised style for sitting on tatami flooring that involves kneeling down, keeping a straight back, and resting the buttocks on one’s out-turned heels. Seiza can be uncomfortable, if not actually painful, even for Japanese, so why do it at all?[Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Spots to Enjoy Christmas in Japan!

8 Recommended Spots to Enjoy Christmas in Japan!

Only around 1% of Japan’s population are Christians, so Christmas is not a holiday in Japan. Consequently, you might think that Christmas in Japan is a very low key affair, but you’d be wrong! In fact, it’s a bonanza for the retail industry, offering glitter and spectacle to equal anything seen on Western high streets. [Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Japan!

8 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Japan!

Halloween in Japan is a major commercial event, drawing on some, but not all, of the modern traditions that arose in late 19th Century America. It’s been gaining popularity for as long as I remember but, as you’ll see, we do it rather differently here![Continue Reading…]

8 Tips about How Tough Life in Japan for Foreigners!

8 Tips about How Tough Life in Japan for Foreigners!

Life in Japan can be tough for a foreigner who plans to live there for a while – even for just a few months. Foreigners will be shocked life in japan, disappointed or relieved at the things that they witness here which may not be according to expectations.[Continue Reading…]