Hanging Out with Naked Folks All Weekend

One of the most popular things to do on vacation in Japan is head to an onsen or "hot springs". They're dotted all over the country, and people—both young and old—enjoy visiting onsen towns, where they eat delicious food and bathe.


When taking a bath in Japan, you wash first and then enter the water to help keep it… » 4/02/12 6:30am 4/02/12 6:30am

Press This Arcade Button. A Real Person Will Appear.

One of the best things about Japan is the service. The service is generally great. One of the things that makes it so great? Call buttons.


Instead of sitting in a restaurant waiting around for a waiter or waitress to make his or her way towards your table, you can press the call button, and your server will come… » 3/14/12 7:15am 3/14/12 7:15am

This Fruit Costs Twelve Bucks. Just This.

In Japan, "omimai" (お見舞い) is when you visit folks in the hospital. My mother-in-law broke her back, so we've been several times. But it's not only family members—like elsewhere, friends and extended family visit, too.


My brother-in-law's company sent a huge dekopon fruit basket, as well as cookies and cakes. My… » 2/27/12 7:45am 2/27/12 7:45am