Christianity was first brought to Japan by Francis Xavier and his Jesuit Missionary in 1549. Since then, Christianity has always been present within Japan even during persecutions under the Tokugawa Shogunate. However, because of such persecutions, only one percent of Japan’s population identifies as being Christian.
Katsushika Hokusai is an 18th-19th century Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and woodblock carver, prominently known for his most famous piece of art, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Hokusai is credited for shaking up the genre of ukiyo by painting and carving non-traditional subjects and everyday life.
When coming to Japan, you can bring with you legal medication and drugs with official documentation and certificates approved by Japan’s Bureau of Health if over a certain amount. There are some common medicines to be aware of that are illegal in Japan.
Despite the number of smokers decreasing, smoking is still very common in Japan. You can expect to find people smoking openly in restaurants and bars. You can even purchase cigarettes from vending machines. Laws have been passed to prevent people from smoking in public spaces such as sidewalks, streets, parks, and government buildings.
There are several places in Japan that’ll let you trade in your cash for yen. The most common and recommended place to do this is at the airport. You can also exchange your cash at banks, post offices, and major train stations. Another great option is the use of debit cards at ATMs.
Known as the Haitorei Edict, during the Meiji Period and Restoration (1868-1912), the social class known as samurai was abolished, banning non-government officials from carrying swords. A Sword Hunt followed leading to the confiscation of all weapons and swords in Japan by the government.
Todaiji Temple (東大寺, Tōdaiji, “Great Eastern Temple”) and Nara Park (奈良公園 Nara Kōen) is located in Nara prefecture a stone throw away from Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is known for their somewhat friendly and polite deer that graze throughout the temple grounds of the historical and renown Todaiji Temple, known as one of the seven great temples in Japan, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here, you are transported into another dimension and sucked into what can only be described as a whirling vortex of intense energy, creativity, and borderline madness. It is the heart of Japan’s unparalleled fashion and art scene and inspires designers, artists, and visionaries the world over. Putting such a place into words is like describing a totally new color or explaining the difference between left and right to someone over the phone. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’ll just have to experience Harajuku for yourself to really understand the one of a kind charm of this dynamic wonderland that is truly unlike anything you’ve come across in your entire life.
Shinagawa (品川) is one of the busiest hubs in south of Tokyo. It has a train station that connects many lines. It even has direct connections to Haneda (via Keikyu Railways) and Narita Airports (Narita Express).
Kanda-Jimbocho (神田神保町) is Tokyo’s hotbed for publishing houses, used-book stores, and is an academic center attracting many young scholars. It’s just a few minutes’ walk northeast of the Imperial Palace. If you’re using the JR Yamanote Line or JR Chuo, get off at Kanda Station.