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THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN JAPAN-OFF: WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT JAPAN?

As a foreigner in Japan, every day is a constant culture lesson. Sometimes you need to ask ‘why’ a lot and sometimes you just need to let it slide. Like moving to any foreign country, the longer you stay does not necessarily mean the less you know.

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Almost Sea Urchin Instant Noodles in Japan

In the ever-continuing saga of Japan and it’s possible skewed perspective on umami, popular Instant noodle brand, Nissin Foods have announced that they will be releasing their new flavour, 'The Cup Noodle Rich Luxuriously Thick Sea Urchin Cream'.

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New Japanese-Foreigner Visa announced

We all know that gaining residency in Japan has always been quite difficult, but this week the Japanese government has passed a new law that allows more than 345,000 low-skilled workers into the country for the first five years with hopes to help the labor shortages in Japan.

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Japan now has a fried-chicken robot

The world's first fried-chicken robot has made itself home in Tokyo's Osaki Lawson convenient store!

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The Capitol Hotel to Ban Plastic Straws

Starting in January 2019, The Capitol Hotel has decided to unveil their plans to ditch plastic straws and trial new wooden straws at their hotel’s restaurant.

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Tokyo's Yayoi Kusama Voted Best Experience in the World

Time Out has just released a global “To Do List” of the top 50 experiences that a traveller MUST visit and the number one most recommended attraction in the world was awarded at our home in Tokyo: Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo.

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New Yamanote Line train station announced: Takanawa Gateway

The East Japan Railway Co. has announced that the name of the new station opening on the Yamanote Line between Shinagawa Station and Tamachi Station, will be called Takanawa Gateway. Chaos online ensues.

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Japan is making a moving Gundam statue

This 18 meter walking Gundam statue will be erected in summer of 2020, at the peak of the Olympics at Yamashita Pier in Yokohama, just outside of Tokyo.

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2025 Osaka World Expo Announced

Osaka has taken first place in winning the rights to host the 2025 World Expo in Paris on Friday, successfully beating out Russia in the bid. Upon announcement, national celebration erupted, with many excited to show the world more of what Japan has to offer!

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10 Most Beautiful Japanese Cities, voted by Japanese people

To get the full local-Japanese experience on your next trip to Japan, a survey of Japanese locals gave us the top 10 cities to visit in Japan!

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Visit an Authentic Japanese Fish Market Before it's Too Late

The Kagoshima Fish Market has all the ambiance of Tsukiji in its heyday and thanks to a group of local hotel owners, you can now get a private tour.

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Ehime: inspiration to Spirited Away's Onsen

Taking over the northwest quarter of Shikoku Island and many smaller islands in the Seto Inland Sea, Ehime Prefecture inspired Ghibli's Spirited Away film and also grows Japan's best mandarins!

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The Man Himself, Sakamoto Ryoma

Whether you’re a modern Japanese history buff or just want to learn more about the man known by all Japanese people, here are some facts about one of out favorite historical figures: Sakamoto Ryoma.

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5 spots you must see in Monobegawa, Kochi Prefecture

Stray away from the hype of Tokyo and check out the hidden gems of the Kochi Prefecture.

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One day family trip in Monobegawa, Kōchi Prefecture

Looking for a culture trip in Japan but don't know where to go? Well, have we got the place for you!

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Playstation Mini, Sweet potato Frappucinos and Goldfish Phone Booths : This Week in Japan

Christmas has come early this year because Sony has finally released their PlayStation Classic Mini console with 20 of your favourite games built-in, including one of the games that started all our gaming addictions.

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SpaceX, Typhoon Jebi Recovery and Kit Kats : This week in Japan

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Nishi Awa: Japan’s Hidden Nature Getaway in Tokushima Prefecture

If you have never heard of Shikoku Island in Japan, it will for sure be on your radar soon as many more tourists and foreigners are choosing this area to either travel to or settle down in. But more specifically, one of the prefectures that is gaining a lot of attention recently is Tokushima Prefecture.