Japanese Hanko: Personal Stamps & Seals
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Japanese Hanko: Personal Stamps & Seals

In the U.S., and most other countries, a signature is all that is needed to complete official documents.  In some parts of Asia, including Japan, personal stamps called hanko are used instead.  Hanko can be made from wood, silver, and…

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Journey to Japan
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Journey to Japan

August 5th started my second year living in Japan and I can’t believe how fast the time passed!  I still get asked about how I ended up in Tokyo in the first place so I decided to write this post…

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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Tokyo

How to Spend a Rainy Day in …

The transition from spring to summer includes a lot of rain before it becomes sunny and humid.  This year’s change is very different than it was last year.  For two straight weeks, it was gloomy and rained every day.  The…

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Sakura Season in Pictures

Sakura Season in Pictures

Cherry Blossom season is officially over in Tokyo and most of Japan.  There are still some colder areas in northern Japan, such as Hokkaido, where the trees have just started to bloom.  I was only able to see a few…

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2019 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing

2019 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing

One of Japan’s main attractions is its cherry blossom, or sakura, season in the spring.  People from all over the globe visit the country to witness the beauty of the white or pink trees.  There are over 100 varieties of…

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