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How to Travel Japan Responsibly – Japan Fest Atlanta 2018 Presentation

We had a wonderful presentation on How to Travel Japan Responsibly at this year’s Atlanta Japan Fest. We met some great people and enjoyed sharing our knowledge about Japan with everyone.

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7 Things You Should Know Before Riding a Train in Japan

These are the seven things you should know before riding a train in Japan. The Japanese are very conscious of how their behavior affects the people around them. There seems to be a set of unwritten rules that almost everyone in society follows when it comes to public behavior. As a visitor to Japan, it’s beneficial to know these rules in advance before getting on your first train. Read more

What to Expect From a Japanese Pharmacy

Japan is very strict about over the counter drugs, so many of the North American brands don’t make it onto Japanese pharmacy shelves. Japan has different brands, and more often than not, different active ingredients. Read more

Should You Use Buses, Subways and Trains in Japan?

The answer is YES! Buses, subways and trains in Japan can only be described as safe, efficient, clean and comfortable. For most North Americans, this is a hard concept to wrap your head around, even if you’ve travelled by rail in Europe. Read more

What to Wear in Japan

Deciding what to wear in Japan on your holiday can be a bit stressful. Especially if you are not familiar with the culture and the weather. Read more

How to Use a Japanese Toilet Seat

I can guarantee that you will encounter a high tech, futuristic Japanese toilet seat on your trip to Japan. Don’t panic when you see it because I’m going to explain what the buttons are and what they do. Read more

Mount Fuji Climbing Season Ceremonies

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is open to climbers for only a couple of months of the year. The climbing season starts on July 1 and opens with an official ceremony at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja, a shrine in Yamanashi prefecture at the base of Read more

Japan First Impressions: Crowds

When I first arrived in Japan, I couldn’t believe the sheer number of people everywhere I looked. I had expected large crowds, but had never experienced so many people in one place. It was as if the big game had let out in all directions.

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