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Cool Japanese Stationery for Back-to-School and Souvenirs

Japanese stationery is famous worldwide for a large variety and impressive innovative items. They keep reinventing stationery goods in order to make life a little easier and interesting. So when coming to Japan, please check them out! Japanese stationery are special due to their great quality, functionality, cuteness and uniqueness. Most of the stationery goods can be found at Ito-ya, Tokyu Hands, and Oriental Bazaar. Some cool back-to-school stationery: 1.Erasable Pen This pen is very useful, it uses a special ink that gets erased using the frictional heat between the paper and the rubber eraser. It erases so well the paper looks like you have painted it white. Another special

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Avoiding Emergency Health Disasters

Japan is known for it’s safety and while the risk of being attacked by a wild animal or being infected with a life threatening disease is highly unlikely, you do not want to be caught unprepared like my friend was when a medical situation occurs. Let’s call her Samantha. Like most first time visitors of Japan, Samantha had excitedly prepared a list of to-dos to accomplish in her one week stay in Japan. Ranging from easily achievable like visiting the Shibuya Crossing, to the grueling 3 hour hike through the famous thousand tori gates in Kyoto, she thought she was ready for adventure. She had planned where she wanted to eat,

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S.O.S. – Keeping it Cool in a Japanese Restaurant

The sense that Tokyo makes no sense keeps coming on stronger and stronger. When you’re new in town, its wonders will occasionally freeze your heart. And if you are not of Japanese nationality, when in Tokyo, you are officially a freak, a glamour. Girls and boys. Whilst foreigners have an essential presence in the capital of Japan, you’re in the shrieking heart of a cultural machine which idolizes select non-Japanese culture, and simultaneously derides it for its difference. As a result, 2015 Tokyo is beset with ripples of awkwardness as Tokyoites and foreigners meet with the Japanese party line, and each other. Many Tokyo natives, however much they may love

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A Taste of Home – STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY

Is this- wait, can it be? Latte art in Tokyo? My eyes are deceiving me. I stare down at the latte art foliage built from the scientific composition of milk steamed to the perfect temperature married to velvet foam that is frothy and simple enough to manipulate with two shots of espresso that were pulled at just the right time from the machine that is at the prime of its life. You can tell that it’s worn in enough that it’s comfortable with the surrounding environment, but not so much so that it’s getting tired enough to need repair soon, so the shots pour naturally perfect. This, mixed with a

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Neighborhood Guide: Let’s Head Out West To Tachikawa!

When people usually think of Tokyo they think of places like Shinjuku, Ginza, Roppongi, and Shibuya. These are all very crowded areas that depicts Tokyo city life: busy, lots of people, lights, and a non-stop continuous cycle. They are also all on the East side of Tokyo. So if you are looking for a little bit of a different scenery, why not try West Tokyo. One of the biggest cities in West Tokyo is Tachikawa. Because the JR Chuo line, JR Nambu line, and Tama Monorail all run through Tachikawa, there is a big train station as well as the busy bodies that come with it. What to do: Shopping,

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All about High-Tech Japanese Washlet Toilets!

For every traveler to Japan, the one single item that is part of the amazed discovery of its culture lies in the high-tech toilets. Actually, the first time in contact with it people are likely to be very surprised and think it is very funny. Of course people will, since it is about pooping and even though it is completely normal, natural and biologically necessary people do not like talking about it. However, when you start using it, you realize it is a life-saving invention. Why? Because Washlet toilet provides a very comfortable means of enhancing personal hygiene after using the toilet. Cleansing with warm water after using the toilet

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Koyo in Japan: Changing Colors of Autumn Foliage

The summer is over and we can finally get away from Japan’s humidity! In the fall, there are a lot of places to see the “Koyo” in Japan. “Koyo” means the changing of the autumn colors. It is one of the most beautiful things to enjoy in this season. You might think that looking at leaves/trees all day sounds boring BUT, its beautiful and romantic! Picture yourself under the Koyo asking someone who you REALLY like out under  these beautiful trees. Its a memory you and that person will never forget. Looking at the Koyo is a big cultural tradition in Japan. Koyo has a historical background, from the Edo

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Top 5 Fashion Trends You Will Only Find in Japan

Japan has definitely made it’s mark as having some of the most cutting-edge fashionistas around the globe. When it comes to street style trends, here are some of the top five fashion trends you will only find in Japan. Decora Pop Known for having a distinct, kaleidoscope of colors, Decora is a type of street fashion from Japan. Visually striking and eye-catching, Decora outfits became popularized by fashion photographer Shoichi Aoki and the debut of his fashion magazine Fruits in 1997. Decora is a subculture characterized by having tons of bright colored clothes, girly hair clips and youthful accessories. While it is not as popular as it once was in the

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Falling For Japan – What to Bring on Your Fall Adventure to Japan

It’s the trip you have been waiting a lifetime for- Japan in the fall. The gold leaves in Kourankei (Toyota, Aichi) from the top of the bridge will pierce your memory with their beauty and the decadent red carpet of foliage in Enrian (Kyoto) is awaiting your arrival. Shibuya crossing is calling your name and the Pokemon store has a stuffed Charizard doll with your name on it. Your plane ticket has been bought, hotel booked, and you’re ready to go! Except for one thing- what do I pack?!? Don’t overpack Japan can be a tricky beast in the fall because you never know what to expect when it comes

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