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Adam Douglas

Adam Douglas is a writer, musician and educator. He’s originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but currently lives in Nagoya. On his days off, he's digging for deals on synthesizers and drum machines in the Tokai area.

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What Happens If You Get A Traffic Ticket in Japan?

What happens when you get pulled over in Japan? How do you pay traffic fines? From tickets to demerit points, let's navigate the system.

By 6 min read

Culture

The Japanese Yokai of Spring

Explore the Japanese yokai of spring, from fierce thunder beasts to dangerous tree spirits. Discover cultural connections and folklore tales.

By 5 min read

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How to Get a Mobile Suica or Pasmo in Japan

Wondering how to set up a mobile Suica or Pasmo in Japan in Japan? Want to pick up a Welcome Suica for your next trip? Check out our step-by-step guide.

By 5 min read

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Understanding Mount Fuji’s New Fees and Rules

There are new fees and rules for hiking Mt. Fuji. Here is why, and if your plans to hike the iconic mountain will be affected.

By 3 min read

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How To Buy Ghibli Park Tickets

When you think you understand the complicated system for Ghibli Park tickets, they change it. Here are some magical tips for buying Ghibli Park tickets.

By 5 min read

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When Your Pet Dies In Japan

Losing a cherished animal companion can be devastating. Here’s what to do when your pet dies in Japan.

By 5 min read

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The Best 7 Destinations In Japan’s Least Popular Prefectures

Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are too crowded. Show these quieter prefectures some much deserved love too!

By 4 min read

Culture

Best Shrines For Hatsumode in Japan

Our choices for the top Shinto shrines to ring in the New Year in Japan.

By 4 min read

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Is the Japan Rail Pass Worth It?

Given the recent price hike should you still get a Japan Rail Pass for your next trip to Japan?

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Culture

The Japanese Twist on American Fast Food Chains

Explore how iconic American fast food brands evolve in Japan, from unique menu items to cultural adaptations. Dive into the surprising twists and flavors that await you in the Land of the Rising Sun.

By 5 min read

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Toyota City in Autumn: 5 Must-See Attractions

Cherry blossoms that bloom in the fall are just the first of five reasons to make Aichi's Toyota City part of your fall travel plans.

By 5 min read

Culture

5 Iconic Japanese Foods Not From Japan

From tempura to salmon sushi, these seemingly traditional Japanese dishes actually came from overseas.

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