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What to Expect When Signing Up to a Gym in Japan

If there’s one thing Japan loves more than paperwork, it’s rules. And boy, do gyms in Japan have a lot of them.

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Culture

Animal Symbolism of Shrines and Temples in Japan

Learn why a cat is lucky, why pregnant women want to have a dog's day and why you should never mess with crabs.

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Culture

5 Cool Things I Learned About Japan at Ise Shrine

Not only is Ise Grand Shrine Japan's most important Shinto site—but it's also a great deep dive into Japanese culture and history.

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Explore

3 Michelin-Starred Ramen Joints in Tokyo

What does Japan's best-reviewed ramen taste like?

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Culture

Traveling with Japanese In-Laws: What to Expect

Worried about your first big trip with your partner's parents? Don't be! Here is are some tips and what to expect before, during and after your trip.

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Culture

8 Influential Women and Girls in Modern Japanese History

Celebrate International Women's Day this month by learning about these eight impressive Japanese women.

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Culture

A Breakdown of 7 Japanese Dolls for Girls’ Day 

Hinamatsuri is a special day in Japan on Mar. 3 made especially for girls and dolls. Here are seven kinds of popular dolls you'll find in Japan.

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Live

5 Things I Miss About Living in Japan

You never know what you miss until you don't have it anymore.

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Culture

Coming of Age Day: What is the Age of Adulthood in Japan?

A new bill passed means that 2021 is the last year of the 20-year-old adult. What does that mean for Japan's annual celebration of adulthood?

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Culture

5 Japanese New Year Traditions You Should Follow

Here's how and why you should apply these Japanese New Year rituals to your own goals for a mindful start.

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Learn

Tweet of the Week #160: The Kanji of the Year is Gold

Is "gold" really how you want to define 2021?

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