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Matcha Green Tea
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Matcha Green Tea

Have you heard of matcha? From cosmetics to frappuccinos and everything in between, the health benefits of Japan’s iconic green...
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Tattoos – Why can’t they become “just fashion” in Japan
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Tattoos – Why can’t they become “just fashion” in Japan

From tribal designs and ancient runes to meaningful lyrics and memorable dates, chances are high that either you or someone...
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Red-Light Legacy
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Red-Light Legacy

Ornately-dressed women, discrete well-off businessmen, art, performance and slavery... The stories that surround Japan’s historic red-light districts may seem more...
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Is Japan Child-Friendly?
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Is Japan Child-Friendly?

Japan may be at the forefront of games, cartoon and comic creation, yet for many parents, it can be difficult...
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Do I Need Japanese?
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Do I Need Japanese?

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s natural to worry about potential language barriers and communication issues causing problems during...
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Japanese-inspired hobbies
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Japanese-inspired hobbies

If you’ve spent a lot of time at home so far this year, then chances are that you’ve probably grown...
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Shojin Ryori: The Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Eat
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Shojin Ryori: The Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Eat

Japanese food is famous around the world for its rich ‘umami’ flavour and healthy yet delicious ingredients, but the common...
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Global Citizenship: What It Means and Why It Matters
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Global Citizenship: What It Means and Why It Matters

You may have heard of a ‘Global Citizen’ before, but what does it mean, and how can you become one?...
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Looking to the Future: Socially Distant Travel after COVID-19
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Looking to the Future: Socially Distant Travel after COVID-19

It’s already July, yet for many of you living across the world, the confusion and disruption caused by the COVID-19...
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Urban Exploration: How to Enjoy Japanese Culture in the City
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Urban Exploration: How to Enjoy Japanese Culture in the City

Taking an active, off-the-beaten-track tour through rural Japan makes for a truly unforgettable and unique trip, with plenty of opportunities...
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Can’t go to Japan? Here’s how to bring Japan to YOU!
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Can’t go to Japan? Here’s how to bring Japan to YOU!

There’s nothing better than a holiday, and very few things can beat the excitement and anticipation that accompany a trip...
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Discovering Sumo: The ultimate guide to watching, eating and meeting
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Discovering Sumo: The ultimate guide to watching, eating and meeting

The traditional Japanese sport of ‘Sumo’ is widely-known across the world, with the instantly-recognisable image of a Sumo wrestler now...
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