Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions

Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions Japan is a place of so many different and wonderful things to do and see. A lot of times when we are planning our trips to Japan we decide not always to have our whole day Read more

Kizuna Japanese subscription box

Kizuna Japanese subscription box This is a promotional post. We were offered the opportunity to try a new subscription box from Kizuna Box from Japan. Of course we jumped at the chance. We were given the option of two different boxes, Read more

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm 2017

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm – Cherry Blossom Festival On April 22nd was the annual cherry blossom hanami festival in Stockholm (“Körsbärsblommans Dag”), Sweden. It's an event organized by the Japanese Association, and we were very happy to see that they - once Read more

Top Japanese places to visit in London

Top Japanese places to visit in London In this post we have collected our top Japanese places to visit in London. The city has so many places that are connected to Japan in one way or another. In our top Read more

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo As a person who love all things art and crafts I've hunted down the best shops that I could find during my travels in Tokyo. Here's a guide to my personal favourites. Read more

Eating sushi in Japan

I love sushi. Its been my favourite food for years and something I buy when I want to treat myself. But I always knew the kind of Sushi we eat here in Sweden is no where near as good as the one you get in Japan. So it was a given I had to try real Japanese sushi the first time we went there.

We stayed at a hotel in Shinjuku, and a couple of block from the hotel I found a nice looking sushi place called Tsukiji Sushiko. Its on Yasukuni street, next to the English pub Hub. Tsukiji Sushiko have pictures of the sushi bites on display outside, and once inside I was presented with a menu with pictures, so all I had to do was point at whatever I wanted and tell them I wanted it as take away. “Take out” is what you say in Japan, by the way.

They asked us to sit and wait for the sushi, which is prepared fresh, and while we waited they gave us green tea. Such a nice thing!

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The way the sushi was packaged surprised me. I was only having it as take away, but still it was wrapped like it was a special gift. They used a wooden box with a lid and laid the sushi bites on green leaves. Then the box was wrapped in nice paper and then put in a sturdy paper bag. Amazing! In Sweden the sushi just gets thrown into polystyrene takeaway boxes.

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Japan and its characters

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Before when I knew very little of Japan and its character culture, the only character I had really evey heard of and seen was the very well known Hello Kitty. It’s hard not to have missed Hello Kitty it since she’s on anything you can turn pink and put a cat on. You name it  – from cans of fizzy drinks to clothes and even hotel rooms that are coved in the lovable kitty one might say.

After seeing videos on YouTube of some other character that also came from Japan it started to become more fun. Hello Kitty seems so boring to me now because she can be seen and brought all over the world.

But there are certain character that are very popular in Japan to those in the know that I had no idea about. Every character seems to have a world built around it, where almost every week there a new product is coming out in Japan with a character either on it or a character promoting a product for another company.

You end up becoming a bit obsessed with them. One week you buy a drink just because you favorite character is on the can. Even if you don’t like the drink you like the character so you just have to have it. I’m very much the same when I’m in Japan. I will buy almost everything with my favorite character on.

Over the next months I will post all about the characters I know and love from Japan.

What Japanese characters do you like? Please share in the comments!





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A new blog about Japan

why so japan girlWhySoJapan is a blog all about Japan from a view of someone living on the other side of the world. After visting Japan a few times I was hooked. I was hooked on how it was so different to what I was used to. It felt so refreshing to start to just think different about things. Even though some things I just diden’t understand at all, I guess that’s what really got me hooked. It’s like learning something new in the beginning you don’t always get it, but the more interested you become the more you start to understand. Even though I still know very little about Japan, I’ve found myself hooked and I’ve got a passion for Japan and it’s ways.

In this blog I would like to share what I’ve ended up liking with Japan – from culture to music, from style to it’s cuteness and love of characters. I’m not saying I know it all, cause I dont. I feel I’ve just started to learn about Japan. But after visiting Tokyo a few times I think I could share tips and trix with the world of what I found was hard to understand from the beginning.

I would like to share my  knowledge of what I have of Tokyo – from places to go to things to see and do and so on. I’ve been to different sides of the world, but it’s Japan that I’ve gotten hooked on and will return to it again and again. Hopefully by reading this blog I can share with you why Japan is so different and then you might understand WhySoJapan.





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