June 23, 2014

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3 Fascinating Japanese Tourist Attractions

Shinjuku

We’ve spoken already about the tourist attractions of Tokyo, however the most visited tourist attraction in Tokyo is Shinjuku. It is in fact a districshrinet rather than an individual tourist attraction.

It is the skyscraper district and it hails from the 1970s. It’s an extremely crowded commercial area and has a whole host of sites, and you can lose one or two days there without any trouble at all. There are fascinating shopping zones, for example some extraordinary basement food halls sporting all sorts of strange Japanese cuisine. There are some beautiful parks including the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

This is a stunning garden which was originally the residence of one of Japan’s most famous families in the 1600s, after which it became a garden under the management of the Imperial household agency of Japan. It is now a park operated by the National Ministry of the environment.

Extraordinarily this park and garden totals almost 59 hectares with a circumference of around 3 1/2 kilometres. It features French formal gardens, an English garden and a Japanese traditional garden together with a traditional Japanese teahouse.

It is particularly stunning during the cherry blossom season. Should you wish to view the garden it’s worth remembering that it is normally closed on Mondays except during the cherry blossom season and chrysanthemum season, which are from late March to late April each year as well as early November. Otherwise the garden is open seven days a week. There is a stunning greenhouse which is also well worth a visit.monkeys

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Also extraordinary is the Jigokudani Monkey Park. This is located in a hot spring area near Nagano. Steam and boiling water bubble out of the ground, which is frozen, and there are extremely steep cliffs and forests surrounding the park. The major attraction of the park is its population of wild snow monkeys that come down into the park during the winter. [...]

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June 23, 2014

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Tokyo, One Of The Worlds Most Livable (And Expensive) Cities

tokyo2No visit to Japan is complete without a visit to Tokyo. In fact chances are you will fly into Tokyo and so you will be right there.

However it’s essential that you set aside at least a week for a stay in Tokyo, there is so much to do and so many things to see.

Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world. It is of course the capital of Japan and also its the center of the greater Tokyo area. The Japanese government is found in Tokyo as well as the Imperial Palace which is the home of the Imperial family of Japan.

Japan is made up of 47 prefectures, and Tokyo is officially a “metropolitan prefecture” which makes it unique in Japan, as it has elements of both a city and a prefecture.

The city is broken up into 23 wards, each of which is governed as an individual city. [...]

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June 23, 2014

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A Brief History Of Japan

japan12Japan is an ancient country, and there is evidence of habitation in what was known as the Japanese archipelago from around 30,000 BC. This has been called the Japanese Palaeolithic period and was the period when the very first stone tools were used in Japan, as has been found by the evidence.

There is controversy about whether or not Japan was inhabited prior to around 30,000 BC, with some archaeologists supporting the view that habitation goes back 5000 years further. The earliest human bones that have been discovered in Japan have been dated back to around 15,000 years ago.

Subsequent to the Palaeolithic period Japan was inhabited by a hunter gatherer culture and their genetics can be traced through to the contemporary Yamato people of Japan. It is known that they had rudimentary agriculture as well as rudimentary dwellings. There are also some simple examples of very early Japanese pottery from that period.japanese-woman

The first written evidence of the Japanese was around the third century when a Chinese historical text called the Records of the Three Kingdoms makes reference to the Japanese area. It is known that Buddhism was introduced into Japan around that time.

By the period commencing around 600 A.D. Buddhism was well established in Japan.

Similarly as was the case with many other cultures there have been epidemics which have killed large numbers of the Japanese population and one of these was around the year 735 A.D. when a smallpox epidemic killed, according to some experts, somewhere around one third of the population. [...]

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July 16, 2014

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Tips on Securing a Personal Loan for Travel

Travelling can be considered a part of almost everyone’s bucket list. As travelling to exotic places such as Japan, it is an eye opener to see cultures different from your own. Because of this, many people really take the time and make the effort to travel. But travelling does not come cheap, making personal loans a popular option to assist one with their travelling plans.

Personal Loan Options

  • Variable rate personal loan. An unsecured loan, this sort of loan allows you the flexibility of paying extra, should you have any excess cash on hand. Although it comes with a slightly higher interest rate, this sort of loan is best for those who do not have a fixed schedule for their income. With the flexible repayment schemes, you can pay whenever, be it on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Best about this is that you can redraw any amount against your loanable balance, as long as you have made regular payments.
  • Fixed rate personal loan. An unsecured loan, this kind of personal loan requires you to make payments of fixed amounts. Best about this kind of loan is that you will be paying a fixed amount that you have pre-agreed upon. The interest rate will also remain fixed all throughout the time you are servicing the loan. For those who are conscientious about budgeting, this kind of loan will be most applicable as you can choose the loan term. That way you can schedule your repayments properly, depending in your cash flow. Moreover the interest rates are usually lower for this loan.

How to Go About to Get A Personal Loan

With a myriad of banks offering personal loans, all you need to do is apply for a loan. You can even do this online. Just key in your details and you will be notified immediately if you are qualified for the loan. Should all your documents be in order, the loaned amount will usually be credited within the same day. Find out more about personal loan by visiting this website, rateline.com.au.

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July 14, 2014

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How to Save for Your Next Japan Holiday

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Going on a holiday would require a lot of planning, especially if it is to be spent in Japan. You need to consider a lot of things to make sure that your vacation will be meaningful; not only for you but for your family as well. Probably the most important of all these considerations is money. You need to make sure that you have enough funds not only for fare, lodging and accommodations; but also for pocket money allotted for purchasing gifts and mementos.

As early as now, you have to begin saving up money. If you think that your present income would not be sufficient, here are valuable ways to earn extra income at home:

  1. Work as freelancer. Freelancing works have been in demand online over the last few years. If you are good in writing, graphic designs, and translations, then you may find that working as a freelancer at home offers a good and consistent opportunity to earn at home.
  1. Work as an administrative assistant. Are you good in administrative work like typing, data entry, and keeping schedules? You could take advantage of the growing administrative work-at-home opportunities. You can work as a virtual assistant, who functions like an all-around administrative assistant, or you can specialize on certain types of skill-related positions. Some well-known administrative assistant positions that you could explore include transcriptionists and customer service specialists.
  1. Teach English. Online English teaching has been a growing trend over the last decade. This is particularly true especially for teaching conversational English. Japanese people, as well as Chinese and Koreans are common customers. The good thing about this is that, unlike the previous two, a class would only take about 25 minutes to an hour every day, but the pay-out is really good.
  1. Set up an online store. Do you have ample time to spend on social media like Facebook? Why not try setting up an online store. All you need to do is create a business page on Facebook. You can then start promoting this to your Facebook community of friends. You will be surprised at how this can be both fun and very rewarding.

With the advent of the outsourcing as a common business practice, more opportunities to earn income online have been opened. This is something that is worth taking advantage of. Outsourcing jobs are very good paying and do not take up as much time as your regular job. All you need to have is a computer and a good, working internet connection. Find out more about the top home work ideas by clicking here.

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