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  • Simple Cosplay Reminders
    September 28th, 2012By Category: Culture, Events, Photography
    Being the anime capital of the world, I think it’s quite obvious that Japan holds the grandest and most colorful cosplay events. There’s the Japan Cosplay Festival, the World Cosplay Summit, the summer Comiket and the two upcoming cosplay events, Tokyo Game Show in ... » Continue Reading
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    Naha Downtown
    September 25th, 2012By Category: Travel
    In Okinawa, the main city is Naha. By “main,” I mean the place where the most number of people concentrate. Here you can find all you need and have good time. I lived for more than one year next to downtown Naha. From my apartment it took me only 10 minutes on foot t ... » Continue Reading
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    Virtual offices at Servcorp offer 5-star service
    September 24th, 2012By Category: Starting a Business, Work Tips
    For many companies looking to enter the Japanese market, it is usually not worth the investment early on to rent an office. Serviced offices present a much more attractive option because they are a furnished and fully functional office facility that accommodates multipl ... » Continue Reading
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    What it means to be an ‘Otaku’
    September 24th, 2012By Category: Culture, Travel
    Japanese women are popular among men all over the world, and there is even a market for a T-shirt that says “Looking for a Japanese Girl Friend.” But what do you think Japanese girls look for in men when searching for a potential husband? And what kind of Japanese men ... » Continue Reading
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    2 Best Places in Okinawa to Eat with a View
    September 21st, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    Fabulous views and beautiful scenery are relatively easy to come by in Okinawa. A more challenging task is locating sensational restaurants with backdrops that you will never forget. The main island of Okinawa is filled with family owned cafes and restaurants. The tri ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Game Show 2012
    September 20th, 2012By Category: Living in Japan
    The 2012 Tokyo Game Show opened for the press on Thursday with over 200 companies exhibiting their latest games. In recent years the spotlight has moved away from gaming consoles towards online gaming as the popularity of smartphones has increased. This was especial ... » Continue Reading
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    The Story of Japanese Love Hotels
    September 19th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture
    One of my favorite J-pop groups, Kome Kome Club, wrote a tune a number of years ago called “Funk Fujiyama.” The lyrics gently poked fun of many of the stereotypes and ideas that visitors to Japan at that time had. Twenty years later, I find the tune -- with its r ... » Continue Reading
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    Beer culture in Japan
    September 14th, 2012By Category: Culture, Travel
    Japan is truly an alcohol lover’s paradise. Bars and izakaya saturate each neighborhood, customers are rarely carded when buying alcohol (even when a little below the 20-year-old legal age), alcohol is sold in some vending machines, it is perfectly legal to walk down th ... » Continue Reading
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    Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
    September 13th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Travel
    According to history, the Danjiri Matsuri (float festival) was held in the 16th year of the Genroku era in 1703. It was started by the Daimyo of Kishiwada, Okabe Nagayasu, when he prayed to Shinto gods for abundant harvest. Start: September 15, 2012 End: Septemb ... » Continue Reading
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    5 Free Things To Do in Okinawa
    September 12th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Okinawa has free activities in some of the most unlikely places. I usually expect to pay for everything I see at an aquarium or a theme park but here you don’t have to. If you are on a strict budget or have limited time, this list has something for everyone. So take ... » Continue Reading