Health and Beauty

The History of Hay Fever in Japan
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The Strange Story of Hay Fever in Japan: Construction, Conspiracy Theories, Climate Change

The tale of Japan's national illness is intrinsically linked to the Japanese cedar. But there's much more to it than that.

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Hay Fever Season in Tokyo Has Officially Begun

My eyes!!!

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Staying Positive: 6 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues in Japan

A long Japanese winter isn’t just about keeping warm — it’s about your mental health, too.

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Understanding the Japanese Health Insurance System Part 2/2

How to access the medical care and services you need.

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Stopping Suicide: Japan’s Darkest Demon

Don’t seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Help is at hand.

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Dealing with Depression in Japan

Many foreigners working in Japan live with depression, but few get real help. Here are some tips and resources for handling it.

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3 Tips to Slim Down and Get Fit in Japan this Summer

As the temperatures rise and the air conditioning falls, this season presents plenty of inspiration to get in shape — here’s how to tackle it naturally.

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5 Unique Ways to Get Fit in Japan

And experience the culture while you're doing it.

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Fashion Without the High Price Tag

From high fashion to everyday casual, Tokyo has a store to cater to all budgets.

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Losing Weight in Japan: A Personal Journey

Losing weight is a personal journey, here's how I did it.

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100 Yen Store Beauty Guide

100 Yen Stores offer some of my favorite beauty products, not just because of price, but also quality.

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Cooling Down with Menthol Bath Items

Fight back the sticky heat of summer with these cool menthol bath products.

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