Do you like Japanese antiques? Growing up in the countryside in Japan on quite a large property I was surrounded by antiques which have been in my family for generations. I certainly didn't appreciate then the beauty and craftsmanship of Japanese furniture, ceramics and decor quite like I do today. Naturally I was surprised when I came to Australia to find...
kigurumi australia
Kigurumi, also known as adult onesies have exploded in popularity over the last few years and why not! They are super warm, they are super cute and they are equally at home at a costume party or a relaxing night chilling at home and watching Netflix. If you are currently in Japan it is easy to find kigurumi onesies. Just...
Owning your own house may be one of your goals in life! According to Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey 2017, Sydney is the second and Melbourne is the sixth most unaffordable city to buy in the world! Let’s take a look at Japan. Japanese people in their late 30’s own just over half of their house, while the over 60’s own 80% of their...
konbini japanese convenience store
The very first convenience store (Konbini) opened up in Japan in the early 70’s. To date there is now a staggering 52,872 stores throughout Japan.  Hence there name “convenient”, but like so many other things we take them for granted. For people who have shopped at Konbini, have you ever thought about what is uniquely different about them, apposed...
fukubukuro lucky bags
Fukubukuro (福袋) is a Lucky Bag with various mystery gifts inside, one of Japanese traditions during the New Year. Fukubukuro is sealed firmly so you cannot peek inside before buying one and will always contain something of a higher value for what you paid. Many retail stores provide Fukubukuro nowadays and especially the most popular Fukubukuro is from trendy fashionable brands ranging in...
Japanese Supermarket Melbourne
Do you like cooking Japanese food? I often miss the taste of Japanese food and the biggest problem is finding the right ingredients to cook Japanese dishes that taste like home. These days many Asian supermarkets are starting to stock a good range of Japanese food and products. There are also a few that stock almost exclusively Japanese food...
Osaka is one of the prime shopping destinations in Japan. This modern city on Honshu Island features many attractive shopping zones, both above ground and underground. Its shops offer a wide range of items, suitable for every budget. So, if you plan to go to Osaka and do some shopping, don’t expect that two hands to be enough to...
Did you know that for every 23 people in Japan there is 1 vending machine available, which works out to be approximately 5.5 million vending machines in Japan alone! Vending machines in Japan have played their part since the 50’s providing an interesting array of products ranging from fresh eggs to a pair of running shoes.  Everything imaginable has been...

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