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The Fascinating World of Blood Type Personalities in Japan

In Japan, conversations often take unexpected turns, including inquiries about your blood type. While in the West astrology reigns supreme, in Japan, it’s all about ketsuekigata, or blood type personalities. Although not scientifically proven, the theory suggests that your blood type shapes your personality. This intriguing notion has roots in history and has…

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Unveiling Destiny: the Enigmatic World of Omikuji in Japan

Embarking on a journey through Japan’s rich cultural tapestry often leads travelers to the serene sanctuaries of shrines and temples, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with contemporary practices. Amidst the tranquil ambiance, one encounters the enigmatic allure of omikuji – sacred fortunes that have captivated pilgrims for centuries. Imagine strolling through the grounds…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Golden Week in Japan: Tips for a Seamless Travel Experience

Golden Week, a cherished holiday period in Japan, carries a rich tapestry of traditions and cultural significance. From its origins dating back to 1948 to its modern-day festivities, Golden Week beckons travelers from far and wide to immerse themselves in Japan’s vibrant culture and scenic landscapes. As the nation basks in the glory…

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Japan’s Catfish Mythology: From Earthquake Warnings to Cultural Reverence

You might have noticed an unusual sight while traveling along Japan’s main roads: signs depicting an exaggerated image of a catfish. These peculiar symbols serve as warnings that these highways could be closed in the event of a major earthquake. Why the Catfish? In Japanese mythology, a colossal catfish named Namazu is believed…

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Beyond Cherry Blossoms: Japan’s Popular Late Winter and Spring Flowers

Japan’s natural tapestry comes alive with a burst of colors beyond the iconic cherry blossoms. From late winter through spring, the landscape transforms into a breathtaking panorama of diverse flowers, each with its unique charm and significance. Let’s embark on a floral journey through Japan, exploring the blooms that grace the country from…

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The Serene Splendor of Lake Shinji and Yomegashima

Nestled in the heart of Shimane prefecture, Lake Shinji stands as a tranquil masterpiece, inviting travelers to unwind amidst its serene waters and captivating vistas. We are going on a journey into the peculiarities of Lake Shinji, from its thriving fishing culture to the scenic spots that offer a glimpse into Japan’s natural…

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The 6 best places to see roses in and around Tokyo

I spent October and May visiting gardens in and around Tokyo looking for roses: Japanese roses are unique in that they mostly look like peonies at times, while the ones you’ll find in flower shops are the same we’re used to in Europe. Kyuu Furukawa Teien Kyuu Furukawa Teien hosts two events dedicated…

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7 apps you should install if you’re visiting Japan

After living here for a while, here are the apps I suggest you install on your smartphone if you’re planning to visit Tokyo or live here for a while. Yurekuru Call Yurekuru Callwill alert you in case of an earthquake. You can customise the setting depending on the area you’re staying in and…

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Suica and Pasmo: most popular questions about Japanese metro cards

There are so many questions lately about the new metro card system, after sales of regular Pasmo and Suica stopped in August. This was apparently caused by scarcity of semiconductors used in the card chip. I would like to address some of these questions and will update if more come to mind. Can…

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Starting 2023 in Tokyo

Realising I’m one month late, but so many things happen in January! And I finally want to write again; making virtual walks videos is nice – not to mention a great exercise! – but my blogs need some love too. So here we go. Metro didn’t run after midnight on New Year’s day…

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