September 7th, 2013By Category: Travel
    How did you spend your summer vacation? Day tripping in faraway places and amazing locations, or sweating it out in the stifling Tokyo summer heat, simply dreaming about those exotic destinations? There was no dreaming for me. As I let the friendly staff at Across N ... » Continue Reading
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    Your New Happy Place: Spa LaQua
    September 6th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Your first time should be special. I’d never gone to an onsen before—okay that’s a lie. If you count the one in Japantown in San Francisco, then yes, I’d been to one, and it was pretty good. But it was nothing compared to the super deluxe chill-out palace that is Spa La ... » Continue Reading
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    Size Matters: Shopping in Japan
    September 5th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    For a lot of women, finding clothes and shoes outside of the big Western chain shops can be a time consuming process. Last week I posted a few sites that ship to Japan, that also have cute stuff you’ll want to wear. (This quip is prompted by looking in an advice section ... » Continue Reading
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    Hayao Miyazaki: The Making of a Legend
    September 4th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The Wind Rises will be the last feature length movie directed by the living legend, Hayao Miyazaki, a man who has enjoyed a rich, full and long career, famous for his complex and engaging animated universes, we thought it best to honor the works of this amazing man, ... » Continue Reading
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    5 Ways to Train in Martial Arts when you DON’T have a regular teacher or training partner.
    September 4th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    While it may seem as though the kind of training we do in martial arts is limited to the immediate proximity of where we live, in actuality, there are a multitude of ways to continue to learn and improve; even when we do not have a regular teacher or training partner to ... » Continue Reading
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    Best Fashion Sites that Ship to Japan
    August 30th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Shopping for most of us, can be pretty fun, especially in Japan. But for foreign girls who just want to quickly buy what they need and leave, shopping in Tokyo is a living nightmare. The crowds, the nightclub music cranked to 11, the repeated, echoing screams of いらっ ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Fireworks: Better in every way but one
    August 30th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    A couple of weekends ago I went to a Japanese fireworks festival and suffice to say that watching fireworks in Japan is just like watching fireworks in the U.S., except better in, uh, every single way. To start out with, you don’t have to drive. You just put on ... » Continue Reading
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    Day Trip to Akita’s Land of the Namahage
    August 28th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    When people talk about visiting Akita, I am often torn about what it is I should be suggesting they do. See some rice fields? Senshu Park? If Akita is not in festival season, my first thoughts are often that there is little to do or see to impress a first-timer, esp ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan on a Budget: Food & Drink
    August 28th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    When it comes to eating and drinking in Japan, it can actually be very cheap to eat outside, depending on where you go. There are several chains and franchises that make decent food for just a few dollars. I can totally recommend Handaya, Yoshinoya, Sukiya and so on ... » Continue Reading
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    Striking The Hammer With Japanese Sound Words
    August 26th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    It sounds exotic but aizuchi is the Japanese name for something very common, namely the polite noises in conversations which demonstrate attention and understanding: the 'yeah's and 'uh huh's we use to show another person that we're on the same wavelength as them. ... » Continue Reading
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    August 24th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Former GaijinPot scribe Andrez Bergen, a resident in Tokyo over the past 12 years, is about to publish his third novel through Perfect Edge Books in the UK. Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? Is, as the title infers, a paired homage to 1940s detective noir ... » Continue Reading
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    Beauty Survival 101: It Gets Hairy at Matsumoto Kiyoshi
    August 23rd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Hey Girl, confused about what to buy in the beauty aisle? Yeah I was too. For those of us new to Japan, something as simple as buying hair spray is a confusing experience.  Even if you studied Japanese back home, understanding which product does what specifically, an ... » Continue Reading