5 Questions About Visiting Japan You’d Want Answers For

Japan is one of the most exotic and accessible travel destinations in the world.

That said, if you’re visiting alone or for the first time, there are a couple of things you should know before hopping onto a plane. The following are answers to five common questions asked by first-time visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Do I need to speak Japanese to enjoy Japan?
Many Japanese city-dwellers, especially those in the tourism industry, are able to at least speak Basic English. However, it would be foolish to expect many to be as fluent as Americans or Europeans.

Away from the larger cities, you will also find it increasingly hard to be understood if you speak only English. This will be the case even with service staff.

Thus, it is prudent to at least know some basic Japanese phrases when in the country. Words and phrases such as those for “excuse me,” “thank you,” “where are the restrooms,” “help,” etc.

When visiting small towns and locations away from major travel routes, you might want to equip yourself with phrase cards too; these to show to locals. Ensure that these cards are written in the Japanese language and not Romanized translations. The latter will only invite bewilderment.

Is Japan safe?
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, perfect for solo travelers and families alike. This, however, doesn’t mean it’s crime-free. For travelers, what’s important to note are the following:

Red-light / party districts such as Tokyo’s Kabukicho are best avoided late in the evening. While they aren’t particularly dangerous, you might encounter rowdy groups of drunk men. Touts could also be aggressive in their attempts to get you to visit questionable establishments.

Like anywhere else in the world, it is foolish to venture into dark alleys and deserted parks at night.

Like anywhere else in the world too, you should not head into the wilderness alone, in a small group, or without a professional guide.

Sexual groping on crowded public transportation has been an issue in Japan for decades. Women might want to avoid crowded subway and bus services during peak hours.

What is the best time to visit Japan?
Japan is beautiful all year round, with a myriad of activities and attractions to enjoy each season.

That said, you might want to avoid the months from June to September. Apart from the Japanese summer notorious for being extremely warm, this is typhoon season. When a particularly violent one hits, entire cities could be locked down. Public transportation will also come to a standstill and there is often the risk of floods.

The weeks from early October to mid-December are correspondingly the best travel months. Other than gorgeous Autumn foliage to enjoy, the weather is typically clear and dry.

The Cherry-Blossom viewing weeks from March to mid-April could be delightful too. However, do note that these weeks could experience frequent showers. It is also common for there to be sudden but brief cold weather during these weeks.

What are the best Japanese attractions to visit?
Naturally, this greatly depends on your interests. Generally speaking, the following are considered the best attractions of Japan.

Famous Japanese castles such as Osaka Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Nagoya Castle, etc. While there’s usually not much to see within the keeps, their majestic exteriors are wondrous to behold.

World-renowned Japanese gardens such as Kanazawa’s Kenroku-En, Tokyo’s Rikugien, etc.

Natural wonders such as Matsushima and Yakushima.

Historical temples such as Tokyo’s Senso-ji, Kyoto’s Kiyomizue Temple, Nara’s Todai-ji, etc.

Visually stunning Shinto Shrines such Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine.

Modern architectural wonders such as Tokyo Skytree.

Crowded as they might be, immaculate service makes all Japanese theme parks a joy to visit. Medieval-themed ones could also be great fun for travelers fascinated with samurai and ninjas.

Japanese-style bathing, whether at a rustic hot-spring or an elaborate public bath, is an experience not to be missed.

Historical marvels such as the stunning Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, and so on.

There is also, of course, Mount Fuji. Japan’s tallest mountain often hides behind fog, but a full glimpse of it is a sight few would soon forget.

What else do I need to know before heading to exotic Japan?
Japanese society has various taboos. For foreigners, the most important ones to know are:

Do not wear your shoes indoors. Change into the slippers provided.

When at a hot-spring or public bath, clean yourself before entering the main pool. Do not enter if you are still soapy.

Do not engage in anti-social or dangerous behaviors such as littering, talking loudly on public transportations, jaywalking, etc.

Refrain from talking on handphones on public transportation. Switch your gadget to vibration mode too, known in Japan as “manner” mode.

Naturally, be respectful at temples and shrines.

It is not a must, but some basic knowledge of Japanese history and culture will also make your visit vastly more meaningful, and enjoyable.

Lastly, use online services such as Google Maps to pinpoint the locations of your hotels, etc. Japanese roads are often confusingly marked, and English signs are not always available.

You should also use a service like Hyperia.com to determine your travel routes if you are using rail transportation. On this, note that many Japanese train stations have very similar-sounding names, but could in reality be miles apart.

Online Diamond Jewelry Company to Try Out

After numerous attempts to order pristine quality jewelry online, I have finally found the go-to online business for diamond jewelry.

After several purchases from other companies, I can confidently say that my new jewelry is incomparable to the ones prior. Edwin Novel Jewelry Design is a jewelry company that offers a profound number of great deals and beautiful jewelry. From the past year and a half, I have made several purchases from this company and now own several beautiful pieces of jewelry. As a (late) aspiring storyteller, I want to share the products and stories I have from people, companies, and products.

Previous to finding Edwin Novel Jewelry Design, my old jewelry would tarnish and scratch so easily. I could never tell if the quality was there. It was very frustrating trying company after company, reputable jewelers are quite hard to find. Especially since the market is so infatuated with money that they don’t consider quality. Unfortunately for me, I am located in a small town that is located quite far from any jewelry shop. Therefore, online businesses are more practical for me than driving a great distance for something not guaranteed.

The neat thing about Edwin Novel Jewelry Design is that they offer a numerous number of designs and types of jewelry that are customizable. This company specifically considers customer’s personal preference and desire for jewelry. Depending on your budget, you can allocate certain specifications to match your wants/needs. You truly are going to get what you’re paying for. So far, the jewelry I received is absolutely exactly what I expected and more.

Types of Shoes That Every Woman Should Own

Whether you are looking for a new pair of shoes or simply want to update your wardrobe, there are many different options for every type of shoe. Here is a list of some types of shoes that every woman should own:

Heels for special occasions

Heels are a great option for special occasions. They can be worn at work, on dates and even with jeans or leggings. Heels are especially good if you have to stand in one place all day long because they add height to your frame and make you look taller than usual. You don’t have to wear heels every day but it’s nice when they’re appropriate for the occasion!

Comfortable sneakers

Sneakers are a great option for everyday wear. They’re easy to slip on and off, which makes them ideal for the busy woman who doesn’t have time to fuss with laces or ties. Plus, sneakers can be worn with jeans or casual pants; they don’t need to be fancy or expensive in order for them to look good!

Sneakers also make great shoes for dressing up; you can pair them with dresses and shorts or leggings if that’s what you’re into at the moment.


Flats are a great shoe for anyone looking to be comfortable and stylish. They’re easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, and go with just about any outfit.

Flat shoes come in many varieties: plain leather flats; patent leather flats; suede flats; canvas flat shoes; gladiator sandals (these look like the ancient version of flip-flops). You can even find them in various colours—black, brown, navy blue—or prints like floral print or animal print (like leopard print!).

Flats make an ideal first pair of shoes as they’re so versatile! There are no rules when it comes to wearing them because you can dress them up or down depending on what you have on underneath them all day long! From jeans to dresses though most people tend towards t-shirts since these days there aren’t many things better than wearing one-piece clothing without having anything else going on underneath either side…

Boots for cold weather

Boots are classic winter shoes. They come in many styles and materials, but they all have a few things in common:

They’re usually ankle or knee-length.

You can find them casual or dressy, depending on how you wear them.

The heel height can range from flat (low) to high (tall).

Some boots have laces that lace up over the top of your foot while others lace down at the back of your heel; there is no right or wrong way to wear them!

Sandals for summer

Sandals are a great option if you like to spend your summers on the beach. They’re easy to wear and they’re comfortable, which means that you don’t have to worry about them rubbing against your skin or causing blisters on your feet. Sandals also allow for easy movement around the beach, making it possible for you to go swimming or enjoy other activities in the water without having too much trouble with getting dressed after being out there all day long.


Even if you’re wearing sneakers or flats, it’s important to have at least one pair of heels. These shoes can be used for special occasions and will make you feel more confident in social situations. Heels are also perfect for dressing up your outfit during the holidays when others are wearing dresses or skirts.

Contemporary Security Management by John J Fay

The main word to notice in the title of “Contemporary Security Management” by John J. Fay is the word management. This is a college type textbook for those in security management. Please take this into consideration if you are thinking this is either a book on security, or a popular type management book. It does not fit those categories. Therefore, if that is what you are looking for, you will need to look elsewhere. However, if you are studying to be employed in security management, are enrolled in a class that is using this text, or happen to want a college style textbook on the topic for self-study because you are employed in such a position, this is a very detailed and good book on the topic.Many large organizations, and now even smaller ones, have a security department. This text teaches security professionals how to operate an efficient security department and how to collaborate smoothly with other groups inside and outside their own organization. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to security and IT security management principles, which overlap with other management principles. So this is a management text aimed at the Chief Security Officer or others in positions in the security industry that aim for management.Like many college textbooks, each chapter starts with a brief section on what you will learn, and ends with review questions and references. There are ample side bars, check lists, and graphs throughout. The book’s four hundred and fifty pages are divided into twenty-five chapters. These include: Historical Roots, Organizing, Managing People, Leadership and Management Skills, Strategy, Budget Management, Managing Change, Making Decisions, Managing Risks, Managing Guard Operations, Managing Physical Security, Managing Access Control, Managing Investigations, Pre-Employment Screening, Emergency Management, Business Continuity, Managing Information Security, Substance Abuse, Executive Protection, Workplace Violence, Employee Awareness Program, Vulnerability Assessment, Security Program Design, Critical Infrastructures and Key Resources, and The Terrorist Threat. The book also contains an Index at the end.If you are not a professional actively working in such a position, needing guidance, or if you are not in a class where this book is required, you may find the reading a bit tedious, like many management text books. (I read quite a few getting my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a management emphasis.) And a lot of the management principles, such as hiring people and dealing with budgets are universal, not just to security management, so don’t get this book thinking it is all about security.Bottom line, if you are in the security management field, or want to enter that field, this is a comprehensive textbook on the topic. There is a lot of useful information in this single volume, and it will be very valuable for those working in such management positions.

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