Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 3]

Anecdotes about Japanese culture, customs and life

Japanese culture is often taken as mysterious and contradictory for Westerners. In Japan some values are obvious at first sight: order, organization, hierarchy and privacy. The Japanese psyche however is much more complex than that, especially regarding human interactions and sexuality.

Following our previous posts on about what to know in your first hour in Japan and tips about Japanese food, we now write about interesting facts about Japanese everyday life, customs and culture.

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Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 2]

24 Tips about eating out, groceries and food

Japan has an exquisite relationship with food. Japanese learn since childhood and school to have a nutritious and varied diet, that is based on fish, seafood, seaweed, rice, soy, fruit, and vegetables alongside small amounts of other animal products (chicken, beef, eggs). Japanese food is not restricted to sushi or ramen and it invites travelers to know the culture through flavors and textures that might sound strange at the beginning but that end up being delicious. After our first post about essential things to know before leaving the airport in Japan, we crafted 24 tips about food and dining out to help travelers enjoy Japanese gastronomic options.

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Things to know before going to Japan in 2020 [part 1]

15 Essential travel tips to know before leaving the airport

Japan’s tourism is booming. Since 2012 the country has experienced an off the charts rise of tourists visiting each year. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), about 28.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2017. In 2012 this number was barely 8 million. The UNWTO considers any overnight stay by foreigners a tourist visit. 

In 2020 this trend will surely be kept as Tokyo is the next Olympic Games host and the main entrance to other famous Japanese destinations, like Kyoto and Osaka. Having that in mind and considering prices always increase in cities that host global events, we decided to head to Tokyo in the New Year for an 8-day vacation. Needless to say, it was intense and certainly unforgettable. 

So, what we wish we knew before going to Japan for the first time and, more so, going in the New Year? 

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The best all-inclusive resorts for families in Spain

A family vacation is easier in Spanish resorts

Life is much easier for parents when they have their holidays in all-inclusive resorts. It’s about keeping the kids entertained while nourishing the adults. We picked five options of the best all-inclusive resorts for families in Spain. They are located in the paradisiac islands Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife, and Fuerteventura. You can fly there easily departing from the main European airports.

We researched for a 7-night stay in July (so, high-peak summer season) for a family: 2 adults and 2 children under seven. The results talk for themselves. You can have an amazing vacation and not spend that much.Β 

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A wildlife fairy tale in Finland

Interview with Finnish photographer Ossi Saarinen, the author of the cutest wildlife shots on Instagram

All photos by Ossi Saarinen

How many professional photographers are there on Instagram? Millions, for sure. How many incredible nature photographers are there? Dozens of thousands, no doubt. But even with all this competition, Ossi Saarinen has built a loyal audience of more than 200,000 followers on that social network under the nickname of Soosseli. His secret to differentiating himself from the big masters of photography is to publish delicate and oniric portraits of small wild animals in their natural habitat – Finland.Β Β 

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