Author: Christian Monson

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Christian Monson

Are There Different Japanese Dialects?

Japanese dialects are not mutually intelligible. That means that people in Hokkaido cannot understand the same words and phrases as someone from Kyushu, even though they both speak Japanese. Find out more about how these regional variations came to be.

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Christian Monson

Why Does Japan Have So Many Earthquakes? — A Country Atop The Ring Of Fire

If you pay attention to the news, you probably know the large effect earthquakes have on Japan. Minor earthquakes are a part of everyday life, and major destructive earthquakes, unfortunately, take their toll on the country regularly. To understand why Japan is subject to these natural disasters, you’ll have to learn a little about the island nation’s geology.

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Christian Monson

How Is Japan A Developed Country? — From Robots To Religion

Japan has one of the wealthiest and most advanced economies in the world. It’s a developed country with elaborate infrastructure, high quality of life, and technological innovation. How Japan, a feudalist society that isolated itself from the rest of the world until the mid 19th Century, got to be such an economic giant is a tale of many combining factors. This economic success story serves as a lesson other nations would be wise to pay attention to.

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Christian Monson

Why Do The Japanese Use Kanji?

Kanji is arguably the most prominent part of the Japanese writing system. The elegant characters, originally adapted from Chinese, make up most of the Japanese you’ll see written in books and magazines, on signs, and by hand. Understanding kanji is necessary to fully appreciate the Japanese language and culture, so this guide is here to help you get started.

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Destinations
Christian Monson

Asakusa — 30 Unforgettable Things To Do

Asakusa is a sight-seeing mecca with historical sites, natural beauty and fun activities around every corner. In fact, Asakusa is so full of life that sometimes it can be hard to decide exactly what to do. These 30 attractions offer experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime, so find the ones that appeal to your interests and to plan your unforgettable itinerary.

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Christian Monson

Why Is Japan Called The Land Of The Rising Sun?

Regularly used in Western songs and literature for a poetic reference to Japan, “Land of the Rising Sun,” is one of the more beautiful national nicknames. It’s far more than just a pretty title, though. The rising sun is a central part of Japanese culture, and the role it’s played in the country’s history and national identity is not just fascinating but important to understanding many parts of modern Japanese society.

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Christian Monson

Where To Buy A Japan Rail Pass — Traveling The Country By Rail

The Japan Rail Pass is an incredible, frugal option for overseas tourists to take advantage of Japan’s excellent public transportation. While it’s a major convenience to have during your trip, actually getting one can seem like a maze of different websites and processes. Thanks to recent decisions by the Japan Rail Group, there are in fact many different ways to obtain the pass, including in Japan. Still, it’s best to understand all the options and figure out how to work the JR Pass into your trip beforehand.

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Christian Monson

What Can You Do In Ginza? — Shop Till You Drop

Without some prior planning, Tokyo’s Ginza district is an overwhelming spectacle of lights, window displays and towering department stores. With restaurants and shops on either side, it can be hard to decide where to start. By looking over the district’s most famous and luxurious sights, you can more easily pick what to buy, eat and see.

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