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Konbini – What is it Good For? Pretty Much Everything

If you’re just dipping your toes into the vast ocean of Japanese contemporary culture then you might be wondering what a konbini even is. Perhaps you’ve taken the plunge into the hustle and bustle and have already entered your fair share of 7-Elevens – but do you know just how much they have to offer? …

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The Quick Guide to Omamori!

Omamori – what are they? What does it mean? What do I keep mentioning them at every shrine in every travel blog post? Well it’s probably about time I explained what these beautiful little things are. Omamori are commonplace in traditional Japanese culture, and if you get the opportunity to travel the Land of the …

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What is a Goshuinchō? The Japanese Book of Seals

If I asked you what comes to mind when you think of Japanese culture you might say kimono-wearing geisha, anime, manga, sumo-wrestling, and sushi. While of course these are significant and popular parts of the culture, there is so much more to discover – much of which I hadn’t even heard of until I lived …

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What You Should Know Before Visiting Japanese Hot Springs

Onsen are something of an institution in Japan. An abundance of active volcanoes makes the country a hot spot (forgive me!) for natural springs of all types, drawing in city-dwellers from far and wide who are looking to escape the rat race and relax. If you’re thinking of visiting onsen during your trip to Japan, …

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Our Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use Chopsticks

We’ve all been there: headed out for a healthy Japanese meal, ordered our favourite Katsu curry, only to find that we spend hours awkwardly trying to figure out how to use the chopsticks so that we can eat more than one grain of rice before our dinner goes cold. With Asian cuisine booming in the …

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Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Tableware

A Guide to Japanese Tableware Have you ever sat down at a traditional Japanese meal and not known what each bowl is for and where your cutlery was? The Japanese have a large array of tableware and if you haven’t done your research it can be hard to know what goes where and why you …

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