Sayonara 2016!

What a year 2016 has been! Here at Wowsabi we’re very grateful for another year of fun and good health, and we hope you had the same too. We really enjoyed writing about the things we’ve seen and experienced throughout the year and sharing them with you! In case you missed them, here’s a roundup of some of the year’s… Read more →

5 Things You’ll Miss When You Leave Japan

You’ve finally made the trip to Japan! You’ve seen the sights, enjoyed the sounds, and ate all the delicious food along the way. But time flies like a stick of butter off a Japanese supermarket shelf when you’re having fun, and before you know it, it’s time to go home. We know, leaving is hard, and you’re probably missing these… Read more →

6 Interesting Social Norms In Japan

Credit: Joetsu Shinbun Every country has its own unique social norms, and half the fun of traveling is discovering what they are. For example, did you know that in many parts of the world like Egypt, Sudan and Bangladesh, straight men hold hands as they walk down the street? Japan has a few interesting ones too. Some of them will… Read more →

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Can you smell it? The scent of fresh fried chicken everywhere. Around every street corner, wafting out from every restaurant and convenience store. In Japan, that can only mean one thing – it’s Christmas! We hope your tummies are full, and your spirit filled with lots of joy and happiness this holiday season! As we unwrap our presents and wrap… Read more →

Wowsabi Summer Giveaway Winners!

This should have been posted early this week after we sent out the winners announcement email to everyone on the newsletter, but we were caught up in some serious unboxing (not the “Cool, new stuff!” kind but the “Ugh, where do all the stuff inside these boxes go to?” kinda unboxing) when we moved into our new place. Thanks to… Read more →

The Wowsabi Summer Giveaway!

It’s the peak of summer, but thankfully Japan is still churning out the cool stuff! We’ve written about a few of them, like the limited edition Super Mario 30th anniversary gum and bottle panties. But reading about them isn’t half as fun as experiencing them for yourself. With the Wowsabi Summer Giveaway, now you can, even if you’re thousands of… Read more →

7 Things About Japan That Will Surprise You

You know about the maid cafes, the giant Gundam and Shibuya crossing. You know that Japanese trains get insanely crowded during rush hour, and that you’re supposed to wear your yukata left over right. You might even know to stand on the left on escalators in Tokyo. But some of these things about Japan just might surprise you.   1.… Read more →

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They Love Wearing The Same Outfits! Japan’s Osoroi Code

Hi everyone, Shiori here! Today I’m going to talk about clothes. You know, Japanese and Western culture can be quite the opposite sometimes. For most Western people, if you’re dressing up for an occasion, you’ll prefer something that makes you look special or unique, rather than something everyone else is wearing. And you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing exactly the… Read more →