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Washing Clothes in Cold Water!

Perhaps one of the first things you realized about domestic life in Japan was that everything you knew about laundry had suddenly changed. In Japan the washing machines are much smaller, and use only cold water.  Yikes!  To really blow…

Valentines Day and White Day in Japan

Valentine’s Day in Japan – February 14 In Japan, the “Craziness of Valentine’s Day” falls mainly on the women. Unlike most countries of which I am aware, in Japan the tradition calls for women to give chocolate to the person they’re dating,…

Tokugawa Garden and Art Museum in Nagoya

In the eastern suburbs of Nagoya, not far from the transport hub station of Ozone, lies Tokugawa Park, an oasis of serenity that is often overlooked by tourists and locals alike. That it is so overlooked is a shame, yet…

7-Bank Brings Financial Convenience to the Conbini

Japan is unquestionably home to an overwhelming number of convenience stores, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to know 99% of them have ATMs inside them. The four largest chains operate their own finance subsidiaries to help facilitate those…

How to Get a Phone Number in Japan

Usually the minute you land in another country, you can head over to the nearest mobile phone kiosk or even convenience store in the airport and score a prepaid SIM to pop in your phone that will give you a…

Soldiering on at The Battlefields of Nagakute

Visit the grounds of one of Japan’s most historic battles. When considering Japanese history, most people will think of two key places: Kyoto and Tokyo. The former was for long the country’s capital, is steeped in tradition, and was home…

Getting Potty About Pottery in Seto

Today Aichi is thought of as the industrial hub of Japan, with many of the nation’s top manufacturing companies based here. But did you know that this reputation goes back quite some time? To the early 13th century in fact……