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Japan’s New Bank Notes’ Design

It’s time to change the Japanese bank notes. Every 20 years, the Japanese bank notes designs are changed in order to prevent forgery. Finance Minister Taro Aso (the former Prime Minister) announced today, April 9, 2019, that the ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 banknotes will be redesigned with cutting-edge technology to prevent counterfeiting. Here are the specifications of three new bank notes.

Osaka To Host 2025 World Expo!

We’ve got great news this morning! Osaka, Japan was selected to host the World Expo 2025, beating Ekaterinburg, Russia and Baku, Azerbaijan for the right to organize the exhibition at which countries showcase their achievements.

ABENO HARUKAS: TO THE SKIES 300 METERS ABOVE THE GROUND

Standing at 300 meters, Abeno Harukas (あべのハルカス) in Osaka is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The building stands on top of the Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station and is conveniently located across from JR Tennoji Station. It houses a department store, an art museum, a hotel and an observation deck. Origin of the Name -名前の由来 “Harukas” is an old Japanese expression meaning “to brighten, … Read More

OCHUGEN お中元: The Gift of Summer

What is Ochugen お中元? Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. This duty is performed once in the summertime, called ochugen and once at the end of the year, called oseibo. The custom started at

UMI NO HI: Celebrating Marine Day in Japan

What is the celebration for? Marine Day (Umi no hi: 海の日) is a public national holiday in Japan. Also referred to as ‘Ocean Day’, this day is held on the third Monday in July. It commemorates the history of

WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT: Tanabata Festival in Japan

Wishes, dreams and hopes- almost every people around the globe share this universal idea that we all have dreams to fulfill. In this sense, Japan has a festival solely for making wishes come true! Let us find out more about this lovely Summer festival.

Things to do During SUMMER in Japan

Japan’s summer season is notoriously hot, but it’s also very fun! Here’s a list of the most popular activities to do during the summer months in Japan.

How to Enjoy Japanese Onsen

Here is how you can enjoy using Japanese onsen (温泉) or “hot springs” when you come to visit Japan.

10 Things To Do in Tokyo

With the upcoming Olympics being held in Tokyo in 2020, thousands of people are going to be traveling to Tokyo, many for the first time. Here’s a list of 10 things to do in Japan’s biggest city!