Top 10 Events in JAPAN: November 2018

The month of November is a beautiful time of transition in Japan. The leaves change colors for several weeks all across the nation, and the festivals begin to shift from the harvest-centered events of October to the colorful celebrations of autumn leaves and LED illuminations. From gorgeous maple festivals, to entire theme parks lit by millions of LED lightbulbs, here … Read More

From Tradition to Today: Japanese School Uniforms

When you were a student growing up, did your school have uniforms? Most schools in Japan do! Japanese school uniforms, called seifuku (制服), were introduced to Japanese private and public schools in the late 19th century. The uniform traditionally consists of a military-styled uniform for boys and a sailor outfit for girls, but Western-styled Catholic-school uniforms are also very common. In … Read More

How To Speak Casual Japanese

When you speak casual English to friends, you don’t use perfect grammar and full sentences like you would when writing a paper, correct? Japanese is the same way. When speaking conversational Japanese, people rarely use the exact words and long phrases that you’d find in a textbook. Here is a 5-minute mini lesson to help you speak Casual Japanese.

10 Japanese Festivals You Can’t Miss This October

It’s officially autumn in Japan! The month of October is one of the most fun months to be in Japan, for there are multiple festivals happening every single weekend.  From manly “fighting” festivals to jaw-dropping lantern displays,  you can’t miss these 10 festivals going on in Japan this October 2018.

10 Incredible Things to Do in Japan This September

When you think of September in Japan, what do you think of? Hot weather? The start of fall? I bet you don’t think of a nationwide sumo wrestling tournament, or a massive EDM music festival that features A-list DJs like The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki. But these events are happening in September, among several others! You can’t miss these 10 … Read More

All About Japanese MONEY

Everything you need to know about Japanese bills, coins, currency exchange, and money etiquette!

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

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.