Yearly Archives: 2008

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT)

March 3, 2008 by First Admin

If you’re looking to enrol at a regular Japanese university in an undergraduate program, you’ll want to look into special training for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) which is administered in four levels. To get into most universities, you’ll need to have passed the JLPT Level 1 (ikkyuu) in the previous five years before […]

Measuring Room Sizes in Japan

February 27, 2008 by First Admin

Some of us have been brought up on feet and inches, while the younger of us know only meters, centimeters and millimeters. However, if you live in Japan, you need to develop a “third sense” when it comes to measuring area. Japan has its own unique measuring system brought down from ancient times. This starts […]

Fast Food Japanese Style Part II

February 26, 2008 by First Admin

Here is the second of my introduction to the various styles of fast but healthy Japanese style of fast foods Donburi A Donburi is anything that is heaped up on a big bowl of rice. This is what makes it so fast to serve – they literally just dish out the rice and then the […]

Hot Spring Etiquette

February 14, 2008 by First Admin

There are few things that beat soaking in an outside bath (rotemburo) surrounded by the Japanese alps. It is essential to be aware of the etiquitte for using a public bath in Japan to save embarrassment. Public nudity is much less embarrassing when you adhere to certain rules, because despite being a foreigner, if you […]

Hot Stone Spa (Gambanyoku)

January 29, 2008 by First Admin

Do you long for some peace, quiet and meditation? How about if you could detox your body at the same time? What if you could also lose weight and get great skin? What if all this was as easy as.. checking in to your local Ganban’yoku (岩盤浴), or hot stone spa? The process of Ganban’yoku (translated as […]

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