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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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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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Shining White. For Kiss!

Quirky Engrish pops up everywhere in Japan and can be a constant source of amusement for the budding language student. Put your cringing to good use and try reading the Japanese alongside it! (more…)

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Shoes Off Before Coming In!

It’s no secret that many places in Japan require that you take off your shoes when entering – good examples being temples and family homes. I was quite surprised, however, to see a sign warning about this practice placed outside in a public park! (more…)

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The 6 Types of Donburi

Alrighty then. Here’s one sign straight from the ‘bowls’ of Sukiya, a 牛丼 (ぎゅうどん) chain here in Japan. I was tickled by the cute illustrations of the various sizes of beef bowls available! (more…)

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