Happy Holidays from the Japlanning Team!
by Sam David Marley-Jarett
Happy Holidays from the Japlanning team! Are you also spending your Christmas and New Year break in Japan?Read More
It’s official name is Hashima Island but it is more commonly known as Gunkanjima (軍艦島 - Warship Island), due to its uncanny resemblance to a warship floating in the water. Gunkanjima’s history dates back to 1887, when coal was discovered on the island. By the end of the 1800’s, the island was populated and used as a seabed coal mining facility. In 1890 the Island was purchased by Mitsubishi (Yes, Mitsubishi) who further expanded the production and mining operation on the Island. Through land reclamation of the ocean, they were able to expand the very small space of the island to further increase their production ability.Read More
Simply put, learning Japanese is no easy task. You are not only taking on a new language, but also with it you are having to learn three sets of characters used in everyday Japanese life.Read More
Most popular in tea form, matcha is used in a variety of ways – such as in dying foods and in a number of different confectioneries. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves and are carefully harvested. Much like maple syrup in North America, several factors affect a matcha’s grade (and price).
Nagasaki is about 1250km (around 780 miles) away from Tokyo, or a 15-hour car ride. It is an amazing city that often gets overlooked for closer, more convenient cities. Nagasaki sits on the west coast side of Kyushu island, and is a bayside city surrounded by lush, green mountains, and it bears a startling difference to Tokyo and even other port cities like Osaka. Strolling through Nagasaki, you will notice a great feeling of city life, while also maintaining that small town charm to it that feels very unique.Read More