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A beginner's guide to using the Tokyo Metro

One thing is just about as certain as death or taxes in Japan – if you live here, you're invariably going to use the trains at some point, if not immediately. The train network here is fabulous and has everything from local lines toShow More Summary

Only 36% of Japan public high schools toilets Western-style: survey

TOKYO - Only an average of 35.8 percent of toilets at prefectural high schools in Japan were Western-style, a survey showed Monday, reflecting a lack of state subsidies and low priority given to modernizing toilets built mainly in the...Show More Summary

How much does it cost to travel from Taiwan to Japan?

Getting from Taiwan to Japan the traveler is presented with a number of flight options and their respective costs. The most common routes for travel between Taiwan and Japan are those between the two capitals with plenty of daily flights to choose from, from Taipei to Tokyo. Show More Summary

Olympics: Tokyo begins calling on schools to take part in mascot voting

TOKYO - The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics sent out information to elementary schools nationwide about the games' official mascot on Monday, ahead of a vote for the final selection.The organizers sent...Show More Summary

Kids' floors at remodeled dept. store drive sales growth

TOKYO - Remodeled children's floors at major Japanese department stores are seen as a growth pillar that could help revive sales, attracting working parents who are willing to spend more on their kids.Customer traffic has increased following...Show More Summary

Kurumi soba and soba ice cream at Choujiya, Nagano

What better place to eat soba noodles than in Nagano, the region of Japan which, by most accounts, introduced soba kiri, i.e. soba noodles, to the nation, possibly during the Edo Era.Most visitors to Nagano gravitate to some of the prefecture’s...Show More Summary

How to Make Green Tea (According to the Internet)

Despite this being my ninth autumn in Japan, I have never once made myself a pot of green tea. My mother-in-law was quick to make the drink pot by pot when we shared the same abode and I grew used to the slight bitterness of the beverage then. Show More Summary

Poor catches lift salmon, saury prices ahead of shopping season

KUSHIRO, Japan - Prices for salmon and saury have been rising sharply in Japan due to poor catches in the North Pacific, likely affecting households as the year-end shopping season begins.In Hokkaido, which accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the nationwide autumn salmon catch, this season's haul declined more than 30 percent in the period through Nov. Show More Summary

The Best Bad English Signs in Sendai

There are so many ways to mess up the English language. With a growing population of native-English speaking foreigners residing in Japan, it’s a wonder that so many of these errors appear unchecked. It is possible that whoever wrote...Show More Summary

Fukuoka Ideas and Travel Tips for Japan

So I would say as a teacher in Japan my biggest expense is travel. Taking the Shinkansen and even the local train can get pricey quickly. However, if you plan correctly, you can travel in a way that's cheap and easy.Your best route for budget travel planning for the transport is to take the bus. Show More Summary

Police detect alcohol from U.S. serviceman after Okinawa fatal crash

NAHA, Japan - Police detected alcohol from a U.S. serviceman after a military truck he was driving collided with a light truck, leaving the Japanese driver dead, in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday.The police said they are questioning the serviceman in his 20s on a voluntary basis. Show More Summary

Police to serve murder warrant Monday on alleged Zama serial killer

TOKYO - Police will serve a murder warrant Monday on the 27-year-old man who allegedly killed nine people before dismembering and storing their bodies at his apartment near Tokyo, investigative sources said.Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested on Oct. Show More Summary

One of Japan’s most loved winter illuminations Caretta Shidome brings Disney to big-business Tokyo

2017 sees the winter illuminations at Caretta Shiodome switched on for the 12th year in a display of lights, this year based on the Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” that must by now be used to featuring in the upper echelons of Japan...Show More Summary

Green tea, grown in a winter wonderland? It's possible!

After a recent day out in Shizuoka getting to explore all things green tea, it really lit in a fire in me to learn more about where else the delicious beverage is grown in Japan. I'm currently living in Niigata, which is probably best known as a winter wonderland in the colder months. Show More Summary

Ryokan's private cable car takes guests to amazing mountain-top onsen, Nagano

Sitting at an elevation of 1000m hot-spring ryokan Tokiwa-kan, Nagano boasts what must be one of Japan's most unique onsen experiences - a mountain-top, open-air bath which guests access using a private, guest-operated cable car.Leisure...Show More Summary

Sumo grand champion Harumafuji tells police he assaulted wrestler

TOKYO - Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has admitted to allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler as he responded voluntarily to police questioning Friday in Tokyo over a drunken brawl, investigative sources said.However,Show More Summary

An expat's take on the way of tea

You may have heard a saying before that goes along the lines of “water is the cure for anything – sweat, tears, or the sea”. Completing an intense workout, having a good cry, or going for a swim tend to be calming, centering activities that serve to bring us some balance and clarity. Show More Summary

Getting Around Japan from Fukuoka Prefecture

Getting around Japan can sometimes be difficult due to the language barrier. If you prefer to travel by bus like I do, it helps to know the bus schedules and where you can catch the bus. For me, the closest long-distance buses leaveShow More Summary

A Sumo Underdog Worth Watching

Whether or not you enjoy sumo, you probably enjoy a good underdog story. If that's the case, you need to tune into the November basho (sumo tourney). It just wrapped up its sixth day in Fukuoka and will be running through until next Sunday the 28th. Show More Summary

You know Christmas is coming when it's KFC preorder season!

As well as experiencing our first snow of the season yesterday, we organized another winter must-do when in Japan — the KFC Christmas Eve dinner. They take reservations this early on because it’s that popular. Apparently a marketingShow More Summary

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