Archive | January, 2011


Time to Catch the Ferry

Here’s a little timetable I picked up last summer. While reading one sounds like quite a simple task, in the heat of the moment when rushing to catch a ferry, it can sometimes catch you off guard. (more…)

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Travelling with the 18 Kippu

Have you heard of the Seishun 18 Kippu? Meaning something like the ‘Youthful 18 Pass’, it’s a special ticket that anyone – regardless of age – can use to travel cheaply at certain times in the year. (more…)

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Bathhouse Etiquette

Do you know the correct etiquette for bathing Japanese style? During a trip to Naoshima last summer, I picked up this pretty little pamphlet that describes the process. (more…)

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House Omamori

Omamori are used in many different places around Japan. Most often you’ll see them being sold as colourful trinkets at Shinto shrines, but did you also know about gofu given out to protect houses? (more…)

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New Year’s Discounts

Printing New Year’s cards to send out to friends and family is a custom given much importance in Japan. Huge quantities of postcards are send out all over the country just to ‘check in’ with people, even if it is just once a year. (more…)

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