Today temples and shrines are abundant in Japan. You can’t go a mile down the road without running into one, literally. But despite the heavy Buddhist and Shinto influences now, Japan had a huge Christian conversion during the 16th Century.
Thank you for reading one of my many articles about Japan. I've lived here for several years now, and absolutely love to share my experiences with those looking to know more about the country.
Within the great plethora of Japanese artists, there is one whose work has stood the test of time and is still very much iconic today. I’m talking about Hokusai. Even if you’ve never shown an interest in Japanese art, you’ve surely seen his designs on shirts, posters, and even buildings.
Planning out your trip to Japan can be fun and exciting, but there are a lot of minor nuances to be aware of when doing so, otherwise, your trip could be a complete disaster. If you are like me and take prescriptions, one of these nuances would be "What kind of medication am I allowed to bring?".
In a highly stressed-out country like Japan, it’s a no-brainer why smoking rates here are pretty high. The majority of my friends here in Japan smoke, and most restaurants always have that overhang of stale cigarettes in the air.
Unless you are living a cashless lifestyle (a bad idea if you’re coming to Japan), you’re more than likely going to be bringing a large sum of cash on hand with you when landing in Japan. Luckily for you, exchanging money in Japan is pretty easy and convenient as cash is still the king here.
Japan is known as being one of the safest countries in the world. This is due to strict weapon control, and heavy police presence. Historically, the Japanese government has always had strict control of weapons that could be used to harm people or the government.
Despite being such a hotspot for tourism as of late, this is definitely a place you don’t want to miss, as it is a tourist hotspot for a very good reason, packed full of historical goodness and sites to see that will make your day.