John Asano

John Asano is a blogger and travel writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he writes about must-see sights and attractions at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese travel and culture on his blog, Japan Australia.

  • Find Cheap Flight Deals
    August 10th, 2012By Category: Travel
    How do I find cheap flight deals? There are a few little secrets to help you achieve this and plenty opportunities out there if you know where and when to book. The list below has been complied with the help of The following is the ultimate g ... » Continue Reading
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    Matcha Green Tea
    August 1st, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Matcha is a type of Japanese green tea, which is produced by steaming young green tea leaves, which are then ground into a fine powder. Matcha is very healthy because the whole leaf is consumed. This method delivers a huge dose of polyphenol catechin compounds ... » Continue Reading
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    Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park
    July 18th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Travel
    Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park located in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The theme park is near the base of the famous Mount Fuji. This is the place for you if you love rides and roller-coasters rather than the attractions of say, Disneyland or Disney Sea ... » Continue Reading
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    Cooking with Japanese Miso Paste
    July 4th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Miso paste is a traditional Japanese food made by fermenting soybeans with a mould called koji and sea salt. The most common types of miso are red, white, barley and soybean. Miso was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks in the 7th century, and has several well ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Hair Washing Robot
    June 26th, 2012By Category: Culture
    Photo © Reuters Japanese giant Panasonic has come up with a robot that can wash and blow dry hair. The product due for release next year is aimed to help the elderly population in Japan, and is seen as being a great aid to the rapidly increasing ageing ... » Continue Reading
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    Tamagoyaki Recipe (Japanese style Omelette)
    June 12th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    This Month’s Easy to Cook Japanese Recipe is Tamagoyaki, which is a Japanese style sweet omelette. In Japan, it is usually served as a side dish to breakfast, but it is a great side dish for any meal. Serves about 2 people. Ingredients 4 eggs 2 tbsp da ... » Continue Reading
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    Tonjiru Pork Soup Recipe
    May 18th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    This Month’s Easy to Cook Japanese Recipe is Tonjiru, which is a Japanese soup made with pork and vegetables, flavoured with miso. This is one of my favourite Japanese soups along with Miso Soup. It contains mainly root vegetables and is a real comfort food. ... » Continue Reading
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    Golden Week 2012 in Japan
    April 27th, 2012By Category: Culture, Play
    Golden Week in Japan is fast approaching. The end of April through around May 5th is called “Golden Week” in Japan and is based around a period of Japanese national holidays. Golden Week in 2012 is based on two separate holidays of 3 and 4 days. The first is fro ... » Continue Reading
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    Okonomiyaki and how to make it
    April 20th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake based on a batter containing a variety of ingredients and cooked on a hot plate. The name “okonomiyaki” is derived from the Japanese word “okonomi” meaning “what you like” or “what you want” and “yaki” meaning “grilled” or ... » Continue Reading
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    Miyajima Quick Guide
    April 3rd, 2012By Category: Photography, Travel
    Miyajima is a 40 minute trip by tram and ferry from downtown Hiroshima. Most people know Miyajima for its famous giant torii gate, which seems to float on top of the water. The island has been deemed a sacred place since ancient times and is now classified as a “Special ... » Continue Reading