Mini Guide to Japan


Sapporo Snow Festival

At the beginning of February, Sapporo hosts the snow festival, which is famous for its ice sculpture competition. Artists from all over the world create large and elaborate sculptures with just ice and snow. Although the artwork can be appreciated during the day, in the evening, they’re all lit up creating an amazing atmosphere.

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Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossom is probably one of Japan’s most famous events attracting visitors from all over the globe eager to see the flowers of the Japanese cherry tree. It starts in Okinawa around January but reaches Kyoto and Tokyo around the beginning of April.

In Japan, it’s often associated with the Buddhist concept mono no aware, meaning “awareness of impermanence.”

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Nebuta Matsuri Festival

Nebuta Matsuri Festival is a summer festival that takes place in Aomori. Nebuta is a lantern float depicting gods and mythical warriors, which is carried throughout the city while dancers wearing traditional costumes (called haneto) dance and chant around it. Local teams build around two dozen floats, which can be five meters tall and nine meters wide.


People and Culture

Japanese people are extremely polite and welcoming. They understand their culture can sometimes be a mystery and make an effort to help foreigners adapt to their “unspoken rules.” If you learn a bit of Japanese, try to bow when you meet someone new, and understand the rules of eating with chopsticks, you’ll probably going to be fine. /



This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.