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A place to feel comfortable – the Japanese toilet!

Did you ever experience modern toilets in Japan? The first time I used them I was so surprised, because every toilet is nearly as complicated as an computer! In winter the seat is warmed up so you don´t need to

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Dogs in Japan-more than just normal pets

If you are a dog in Japan you don’t only receive your own leash or clothes but also your own buggy. That means dogs in Japan don’t have to walk or move through the street. They are treated and carried

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What women do to feel beautiful in Japan

Japanese wear arm warmers when it’s hot. When walking through Fukuoka you can see them everywhere. Many Japanese girls wear them, often in combination with an parasol, so that they don’t get any tan. Isn’t that strange?! I often see

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Have you ever wondered about the music at a crossing?

Crossing a street in Japan is very interesting. During that time you can listen to fun traffic light songs and enjoy it. Do you know the Watanabedori-crossing in Fukuoka? Near “Tenjin Core”, the department store, you can find two types

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Fun Bar Codes in Japan^^

Bar codes in Japan are very interesting. Actually the sense of a bar code is just to read the price of a product. But in Japan, it’s more like an artwork than getting information about the prices. Great idea I

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100 Yen Shop

You just came to Japan? Then you must go take a look at the 100 Yen shops. They’re famous. You can’t compare them with the usual 1 Euro shops in Europe, because though most things cost 105 Yen, the overall

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Izakaya – A Traditional Japanese Bar

The Izakaya (居酒屋) is to Japan what the saloon was back in the Wild West – an important place for social interactions, a tavern to get drinks and a restaurant combined in one building. When entering a typical Japanese Izakaya,

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Dajare, some examples of Japanese Puns

Today’s article will be about jokes so buckle up. Most japanese people are not that much into sarcasm or black jokes as western people but they have their own kind of jokes based on their language: dajare (駄洒落). The idea

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Can’t Read the Air

Kuuki Yomenai or KY (空気読めない/くうきよめない) This expression literally means “can’t read the air”. It is used for people who don’t perceive the appropriate behavior in a given situation, or who are not able to pick up on subtle social clues.

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A List of Ten Japanese Metaphors and Proverbs for You

Almost any spoken language on this planet has its idioms and proverbs, and Japanese is no exception. In fact, the Japanese language contains thousands of metaphors and proverbs (諺 : ことわざ), too many to know them all. We have compiled

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Dontaku 2017 recap 

Last week was golden week and people all around Japan enjoyed the public holiday with their friends and family. The students of Asahi Nihongo decided to use their study-free time to join the annual Dontaku parade which serenades through the

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Nintendo Switch 

We spoke about Super Mario before and mentioned Nintendo several times. The company behind legendary consoles like the Gameboy is still one of the most important manufacturers when it comes to hardware. Soon, a new console will be released, so

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Tamagotchi

Some trends and crazes from Japan manage to get popular all around the world. If you were born in the 90s, you probably came along one of the biggest Japanese toy hypes of the 2000s while growing up, Tamagotchi (たまごっち)

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Canal city 

If you’re in Fukuoka and bored these days, there is a part of the city to explore that offers all kinds of activities and might will brighten up your mood: canal city (キャナルシティー). Canal city is a large shopping and

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Dajare

Today’s article will be about jokes so buckle up. Most japanese people are not that much into sarcasm or black jokes as western people but they have their own kind of jokes based on their language: dajare (駄洒落). The idea

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