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Saving on Taxi Fares in Tokyo

It is not a secret that taxis in Japan go by relatively expensive metered rates. While the flag-down fee varies from prefecture to prefecture, the subsequent […]

Snapshot: Mochitsuki (mochi-making) Festival

Mochi is a delicacy in Japan made from glutinous rice and its popularity goes beyond the shores of Japan as countries like Taiwan and Singapore also […]

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Videos of Tokyo from the 1950s to the 1980s!

Here is a look at the transformation of Tokyo from the postwar era of the 1950s to the modern day. During this period of time (the […]

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Netizens compete to create the plainest Tokyo Olympics logo possible

In light of the recent plagiarism scandal surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo, some concerned Japanese netizens have offered their professional help for a replacement logo. […]

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Useful Terms and Phrases to Survive a Trip to the Izakaya

For those who are a little more familiar with Japan, you are probably aware of the existence of izakayas. An izakaya (居酒屋) is kind of a […]

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The “Thousand Yen View” in Fuji Five Lakes Area

The 1000 yen bank note is probably the currency denomination that you find yourself using the most in Japan. What you might vaguely recall about […]

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5 Interesting Facts About The Kanji Iteration Mark (々)

I lost count of the number of failed attempts trying to get a native speaker to tell me the name of the symbol above when I […]

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Tokyo Then and Now: Photos from Past Centuries

Tokyo is an ever-changing landscape and nothing brings this point across than a comparison of photos from the past with the present. Below are 16 […]