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The Spirit of Traditional Japan: Your Guide to Authentic Japanese Souvenirs!

Shinjuku Department Stores

“Monozukuri” is a Japanese term that by itself means “making things,” but also conveys the typically Japanese care and pride that flows into every crafted creation. A wonderful fusion between traditional craftsmanship and modern aesthetics, there’s a whole plethora of amazing goods to discover in Japan’s world of monozukuri goods. And as these little treasures make for excellent souvenirs, we’ve hunted down the very best of them in a total of seven different stores – ready, set, go!

Cheap and Unique - Tokyo's Top 10 Guesthouses to Stay At

Asakusa Youth Hostels

Guesthouses; the fun, cheap version of hotels, preferred by all kinds of adventurers and travelers. Naturally, the hip metropolis of Tokyo does have its very own selection of creative, unique, artsy, and fancy guesthouses to offer. Among this extensive selection, we chose our top 10 spots that stood out for being particularly creative, a great choice for women traveling alone, and more! Let's take a look.

How to Say NO in Japan – or Not

When talking about Japan and its people, it is often said that compared to people from other countries, Japanese tend to be a shy nation. Manners and politeness are of great importance within Japanese society, and thus a straightforward NO is hardly spoken. Even if Japanese people would like to say “no” in their mind, they are often afraid that the person they’re speaking with might feel bad if they say so. So, typically they may pretend to go along with what someone has said to them. Instead, a “no” is communicated by gracefully avoiding a direct answer.

Tokyo's Top Three Natural Hot Springs: Soak your Body!

Shinjuku Onsen & Sento

In Tokyo's vast suburbs, there's a surprisingly large amount of natural hot springs to be found, many with distinctive characteristics concerning the minerals in the water. Often, these hot springs feature various spa facilities, such as stone saunas, making them the perfect place to spend an entire spa day at. Whether you go alone to treat yourself, or bring friends and family, these hot springs are sure to relax body and mind.

Visiting a Japanese Home: 10 Tips You Should Know!

Spend a long enough time in Japan you might be lucky enough to be invited over for a meal at a Japanese home. Just as in any home around the world, in Japan there are rules and certain ways of doing things. While each family is different and every household will have their own particular habits, there are some general rules on how to pay a visit to a Japanese home. Keeping these tips in mind will not only help you enjoy and understand a Japanese home, but also show the person you visit that you respect them and their home. So without further ado, let's take a look at the list!

[MOVIE] Character, Harmony, and Elegance: The Art of Bonsai

Ningyocho / Monzen-Nakacho / Kasai Culture Experience

The Shunkaen Bonsai Museum is one of the most pleasant places that I have had the chance to visit in Tokyo. After a 15-minute bus ride from the Mizue Station, it is an oasis of nature around a beautiful traditional Japanese house. More than a thousand bonsai can now be seen in the museum, including 500 worth more than 10 million yen.

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