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4 Destinations You Must Visit in 2018

Another year, another over-flowing bucket list ‘amma right? With so many countries and so little time it’s difficult to decide which one (or five) to visit this year. If, like me you’ve already strapped a January break under your (money) belt you’ll be craving your next holiday hit so here’s the breakdown on where’s hot, …

All You Need to Know About Visiting Japanese Buddhist Temples

Bodhidharma (known as Daruma-Daishi in Japan) was a sage monk who lived sometime in the 5th to 6th centuries. He was quite the Renaissance Man; credited for introducing Zen Buddhism to China, Shaolin Kungfu, a type of meditation called Zazen, and green tea, he would’ve surely had an impressive profile on Linkedin. Legend has it …

All You Need to Know About Visiting Japanese Shinto Shrines

Torii Gates and Spirit Kami: An endless row of vermilion shrine gates extends across the sacred Mount Inari like a paper fan being slowly unfolded. The gates gracefully glissade up the thickly wooded mountainside as enthralled tourists traverse beneath their sprawling canopies. These torii, as they are properly called, are the color of flowering poppies …

Top Ten Romantic Places to Stay Worldwide

Ahh…romance. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you might be wondering what you could give your spouse or significant other that will leave an indelible mark on their heart for years to come. If so, then I ask you…what could possibly be more romantic than a weekend getaway? If you want to make a lasting impression, …

Strange Traditions from Around the World

Are you an adventurous world traveler? When making plans to travel abroad, do you look for a destination shrouded in mystery, with strange traditions you have to see and experience to believe? If so, then you’ll definitely want to add these locations to your list of places to visit: Spain Legend has it that, in …

These Essential Japanese Table Manners Will Make You Feel Smart

The restaurant you are currently dining at is of the trendy, hole-in-the-wall variety; its retro atmosphere and avocado-filled menu make you think of words that your teenage sister might use ‒ “on fleek,” or “lit,” or something else Millennial-sounding like that. It’s the kind of place you would expect to see flashing across the feeds …

Bic Camera- Japan’s Best Shopping!

Bic Camera is a true Japanese institution. Just hum a few bars of the theme song and someone will shout “Bic Camera”! Despite the name however Bic Camera is not only cameras. In fact it’s Japanese best overall electronics/computer/toys/ alcohol & computer store. And it’s everywhere- downtown Tokyo, downtown Osaka, downtown Kyoto- even Narita & …

Cook in Japan at Cook JPN!

Japan offers an abundance of gastronomical delights. Of course some dishes are more famous- take for example– Sushi, Tempura or Sukiyaki. Japanese food is so accessible! Simply jump in at any level (street stall, mobile food stand, noodle bar or restaurant) and have fun! In this blog post a Mobal user from Malawi sets off …

About Japanese Beer- What You Need to Know

Beer is great. That’s what the thrust of this post is all about. To extol the virtues of beer and revel in the choice of libations available in Japan- not only in the bars and local taverns but also on the shelves of the all too accessible 24-hour convenience stores.   A Beer Renaissance It …

Word of the Week 3: Bonenkai

It’s universally agreed that December is the busiest month of the year. The old Japanese lunar calendar referred to December as “Shiwasu” or “A Time when Teachers Run”. In truth today most people end up running out of work early (ok, on time!)- to party!That is something shared universally too- and embodied in the Japanese …



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