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The Must-Haves for Travel in Japan -Smartphone, Cash, and IC Card-

As the title says, I think a smartphone(preferably online), cash, and an IC card are the 3 things better to have when you travel Japan. In this post, I will share some information related to these 3 items that I think are useful.   1. Smartphone If you want to keep your smarphone online, get a local SIM card. For more information about prepaid SIM cards in Japan, please check my other post: Everything You Need to Know About Prepaid SIM Cards in Japan Now these are the apps and websites I suggest you take a look.   To Search the Train Route Google Map may solve all the problems. In addition… Read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Prepaid SIM Cards in Japan

Mochi Mochi Japanさん(@mochimochijapan)がシェアした投稿 – 2014 5月 18 7:58午後 PDT I think one of the top must-have items for travel in Japan is the internet connection on your smartphone. I understand some people want to be offline during vacation. But Japan is still not that international; a lot of people don’t speak English and restaurant menu or signs in public are usually only in Japanese. Also, the trains are convenient but pretty confusing if you are not used to it. For these reasons, I think having a smartphone with you with which you can use to lookup the language as well as the route and timetable of the trains, or to… Read more »

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Hostels in Tokyo that Aren’t Just Cheap

  We have many budget hostels and guesthouses in Tokyo like never before. Many of them are modern and stylish. They go beyond what you would expect from the hostels in general. At least they offer more than the cheap prices and bunk beds/futons. One of the reasons those new hostels are popping up one after another is the issue of serious accommodation shortage Tokyo is facing. Although the Japanese government has raised its target for the number of annual foreign tourists, Tokyo doesn’t yet have enough hotels to accommodate them. While the government is taking years to discuss the guidelines for home sharing, airbnb and such, that will serve as alternatives to… Read more »

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 3)

In this last part of “Amy’s Travel Log” she will share the itinerary of this trip in detail. I found it interesting to see other people’s travel itinerary. It can help you sort out your own. 

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 2)

In part 2 of “Amy’s Travel Log,” she will share her and her cousins’ favorite Japanese foods, shopping and souvenirs places and sightseeing spots. Reviewing the food they liked, I’m surprised how these familiar Japanese food were already halal.

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 1)

Our first travel log! In “Amy’s Travel Log,” my muslim friend Amy who lives in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese(!) will share her experience of the 2 weeks holiday in Japan with her cousins.

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A Happy New Year!!

A Happy New Year!! This is what my mom prepared this morning as osechi, the traditional Japanese New Year’s foods. Each dish has a meaning and they’re all symbolizing good luck. Originally, these foods were made before the new year as women didn’t cook in the new year. The foods are made to last for days so they are salty or sweet. My mom didn’t make everything, she buys some and she makes some. The kuromame is always from my grandma and I love it! Below are explanations of some of the dishes I found in Wikipedia! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi) Datemaki (伊達巻 or 伊達巻き), sweet rolled omelette mixed with fish paste or mashed shrimp…. Read more »

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Hello Kitty Run 2014

Mochi Mochi Japan is proud to announce that we have completed the Hello Kitty Run yesterday! We ran 42.195km relay in 3 hours 57 minutes and 3 seconds!! We were the 60th but it’s really not bad because we were a group of only 3 runners, 2 females and 1 male, whereas other groups had more than 5 runners. Our goal was to run the whole distance within 4 hours and 30 minutes, which was the time limit, and we reached the goal within less than 4 hours! DJ Kitty was so entertaining and the whole event was a bit more special than other running events. The air in the suburb of… Read more »

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“Muslim Friendly” and “Local Halal Certificate”

As you can imagine, it’s not easy to manage a halal restaurant or make halal products in a non-muslim country, Japan. Since operating a completely halal restaurant like in a muslim country is difficult in Japan, there are local standard for halal restaurants. Here, I will introduce “muslim friendly standard” by NPO Nippon Asia Halal Association and “local halal certification” by Malaysia Halal Corporation.  Muslim Friendly Standard – Ingredients: All must be halal. – Plates and utensils: There must be plates and utensils only for halal food. – Workers: 1, There must be workers who handle only halal items but others can handle non-halal items. 2, It’s not necessary to… Read more »