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What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan June 2022

1,300 apply to come to Japan on guided tours since re-entry rules eased – Nationwide More than 1,300 people have applied to travel to Japan on guided tours since the country restarted visa procedures to accept some leisure visitors from abroad a week ago as worries about the COVID-19 pandemic wane,... READ MORE

4 Different Ways To Say Friend In Japanese

If you’ve been studying Japanese for any length of time, you’ve likely gotten to know at least one native Japanese speaker to some extent. They might be a teacher at your school, a classmate, the new guy in the shipping logistics office at your job or possibly someone you met on Twitch or another vi... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan May 2022

Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June  – Nationwide Japan will double the cap on overseas arrivals to 20,000 people per day starting next month as it continues to ease border controls triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the top government spokesman said. The government wil... READ MORE

5 Must-Read Japanese Novels For Japanese Learners

After learning the Japanese language for a few years, you should be pretty darn capable of making conversation, deciphering a good number of kanji, and you’ve no doubt developed an eccentric little vocabulary base from those hours and hours of anime and drama you’ve logged. Yet somehow, even thou... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan April 2022

Japan considers 4th vaccine shots for elderly, chronically ill patients – Nationwide Japan is considering making the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions eligible for fourth coronavirus vaccine shots, in line with recommendations by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, government s... READ MORE

Most Influential Classical Movies in Japan

Over 100 years, Japanese cinema has been growing, evolving and spreading its influence to the rest of the world. Japanese film has gone through many phases, from the “golden age” of the 1950s, through heavily war-influenced flicks and all the way up to anime—and beyond. Take a seat and enjoy as I ta... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan March 2022

Japan ends COVID-19 quasi-emergency in 18 prefectures – Nationwide A COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency ended in all 18 prefectures covered, including Tokyo and Osaka, amid a declining trend in the number of new infections. It is the first time since Jan. 8 that Japan has no emergency measures in pl... READ MORE

Valentine’s Day in Japan

In a nutshell, women won’t be waking up to red roses in February, and men will be spending their March salary on all things white. Here’s how to make the most of Japan’s V-Day role reversal. DO: Know The History The history of Valentine’s Day in Japan dates back to the 1950s. Compared to count... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan February 2022

Japan to cut 7-day quarantine period for those entering country to 3 days – Nationwide Japan is considering shortening the quarantine period for those entering the country from the current seven days to three, as part of its eased COVID-19 border controls, government sources said. Starting in March... READ MORE

Traditional Japanese New Year Food

The New Year's celebration brings forth a festive time. Many countries and cultures have their own traditions for celebrating, and Japan is no exception. One of the ways that people celebrate the New Year's is through food. Traditionally there are certain foods that are eaten during the celebrations... READ MORE

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