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1. Do not stick your chopsticks upright in your rice. 2. Do not use one chopstick at a time, especially not to spear food. 3. Do not pass food from chopstick to chopstick 4. Do not use unmatched chopsticks 5. Do not use chopsticks as hair accessories 6. Do not rub your waribashi together 7. Do not take food from a communal plate with your own chopsticks 8. Don’t point at people or things with…

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Sake to Me: The Art of Drinking Sake

Sake to Me: The Art of Drinking Sake

Sake (酒; pronounced “sah-keh” not “sock-ee”) is a drink that has been made in Japan for thousands of years. It is relatively unknown in the US, although a few varieties are starting to pop up in some restaurants and groceries stories.

All across Japan there are sake breweries, dozens of different brands, and sake festivals. And again, most regions have their own something special to contribute.…

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Travel Tuesdays: Interview with Karisa of My Hot Pink Passport

On Tuesdays, Besudesu Abroad would like to feature another really awesome traveler in various forms. Some Tuesdays may be interviews, while other may feature guest posts, videos and more!

This week we would like to introduce Karisa of My Hot Pink Passport. Karisa is an American girl out to see the world! She dreams of Fun & Fabulous travel in every exotic corner of the world. In her 25 years,…

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3 Days of Hiking and Biking the Best of Kansai

3 Days of Hiking and Biking the Best of Kansai

Located in the middle of Japan, the Kansai region includes of two of the country’s most visited cities: Kyoto and Osaka.

Kyoto is a city steeped with Japanese culture and history. This previous capital city is known for its shrines and temples as there is almost one on every corner– with 17 of them being registered UNESCO Heritage Sites. Osaka on the other hand, is a foodie’s paradise. Filled…

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Foto Friday: Tokyo Tower, Japan

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of Tokyo Tower at night in Japan.

Once a symbol of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower stands proudly amidst the buildings downtown. The first time I went to Tokyo, I was expecting this grand, futuristic skyline, only to be disappointed when I found there wasn’t one. Even being the second tallest structure in Japan at around…

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Famous Regional Omiyage Across Japan

Famous Regional Omiyage Across Japan

A few months ago I talked about omiyage in Japan. A lot of people seemed intrigued about this aspect of Japanese culture so I thought I’d talk more about famous omiyage throughout the different regions of the country.

If you don’t remember what an omiyage is, it’s like an obligatory souvenir that you bring back to give others, but yet, it’s so much more than that.

When looking through the list…

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Travel Tuesdays: Interview with Kayla of The Princess of Tea

On Tuesdays, Besudesu Abroad would like to feature another really awesome traveler in various forms. Some Tuesdays may be interviews, while other may feature guest posts, videos and more!

This week we would like to introduce Kayla of The Princess of Tea. Kayla is a twenty-two year old studying International Relations at a Canadian university, with a passion for travel and culture. She loves black…

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