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Things to know before leaving

Spring time is the most popular time to visit in Japan! Among the most popular reasons to visit Japan in the spring, and perhaps the most famous signature of spring are the sakura (Cherry Blossom Trees). Sakura in Japan have a deep and long history, romanticized by the Samurai, they are often viewed as an allegory of life—beautiful, yet ephemeral. Every year, people come from all over the world just to see this wonderful sight, but...

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If you’re interested in going to Japan, or you’ve been numerous times, chances are that you’re familiar with what a Ryokan is. On the other hand, you’re probably also aware that Ryokan have beautiful, but limited facilities in comparison to hotels. Both Ryokans and hotels in Japan allow you to live in the lap of luxury, but which one is right for you? For many of us, such as me, it’s both! There are things to consider for your next...

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Like temples and shrines, the ubiquity of gardens is something you’ll notice when you visit Japan. Gardening culture stretches far back in time and nations from all over the world have their own gardening culture and aesthetic.  Japanese gardening culture breaks down into a few categories, often influenced by Shinto and Zen, as well as influence of other Asian gardens, such as Chinese gardens. Here are three types of gardens that...

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It happens to us all; you’re sure you saw that landmark before, then you look around and everything begins looking the same. You look up and around trying to get your ground, because you realize your spatial perception is all wrong. Even with maps and GPS, it can be disorienting to look around and realize you’re not sure where you are anymore.  Nobody likes getting lost or the disorientation, anxiety, and stress it puts on us. When...

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Staying for a long vacation? There are a few things to be aware of before staying in Japan for an extended period of time. It can sometimes be frustrating to encounter differences without being warned. This guide is to avoid any inconveniences brought about my a prolonged visit. 1. Don’t count on a drier. Clothing driers are difficult to find in Japan, especially in homes. While few are available at laundromats, they are not...

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A Guide to Temple and Shrine Etiquette

A Guide to Temple and Shrine Etiquette


Posted By on Oct 19, 2015

    Visiting a temple or shrine in Japan is a necessity for any visitor. Such an important aspect of Japanese culture, shrines and temples are beautiful establishments with a peaceful atmosphere to be enjoyed by all. Paying a visit to a temple or shrine requires some preparation. Considering the importance, both religiously and culturally, of these places in the daily life of Japanese people, it is absolutely essential to be...

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