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Teni Wada

A Carolina girl by birth, Tokyoite by choice and world traveler at heart trying to find the perfect career/life balance as a work-at-home mom.

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Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations in Japan’s 47 Prefectures 2018-19

Here’s your chance enjoy the festive holiday cheer — the Japanese way!

By 39 min read

Explore

10 Places To Experience the Best of Autumn in Japan

These 10 locations are perfect for an autumn adventure.

By 7 min read

Learn

Beyond Takai and Yasui: Japanese Vocab to Watch Out for While Shopping

These 10 Japanese words and phrases can help you bargain for some good deals or talk about the finer things in life.

By 5 min read

Learn

Beyond ‘Kirei’: 5 Phrases to Help You Use Japanese Like a Boss this Spring

Time to head out and enjoy the annual bloom of flowers armed with a few new casual and slangy phrases to try with your friends.

By 4 min read

Learn

Beyond ‘I Love You’: 5 Tips For Navigating Romance in Japan

It’s that time of the year again — the countdown to Valentine's Day (and its alter ego White Day) begins in Japan. Are you ready to let that special someone know how you feel? Here are five ways to tell it from your heart — without sounding like a cheesy anime character.

By 6 min read

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A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese holidays and celebrations using them, plus some go-to Japanese phrases to top it all off.

By 7 min read

Explore

Fall Foods in Japan: Where to Find Them and How to Cook Them

These 10 versatile ingredients will effortlessly bring the feel of Japan’s hearty autumn to your table.

By 6 min read

Culture

Beyond ‘Kowai’: 10 Japanese Words For When You’re Freaked Out

This Halloween, be more than just scared with these new Japanese words and phrases to express your fear and disgust like a horror movie pro.

By 5 min read

Learn

Beyond “Yasumi”: The Sad Disappearance of Silver Week Explained

What’s the difference between "shukujitsu" and "saijitsu" — two types of Japanese holidays — and the surprising reason why we won’t have another extended Silver Week autumn vacation for nine years.

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Beyond ‘Oishii’: 10 Tastier Words to Describe Japanese Food

The eskimos may apparently have 1,000 words for snow, but if you watch Japanese TV there seems to be only one (or two) words for “delicious.” Not for you anymore.

By 5 min read

Live

Cruise Through Tokyo on a Traditional Dining Boat

Tokyo’s waterways offer stunning views of the city in the summer and the boats that ply them offer dining courses for all occasions — from fireworks to ninjas to wedding receptions.

By 6 min read