It's the Year of the Rat and writer Haruka Murayama dips into the language of the zodiac.
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Earlier this year we were treated to the use of Japanese that is used exclusively with the emperor. As enthronement celebrations continue, so do our opportunities to use such royal language.
With the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand's Harajuku Cookie Time outpost is celebrating with a Pavlova shake that comes with all sorts of Kiwi flair.
Looking for a bite to eat after celebrating your team's rugby win? Ramen is worth a try.
Although the dorayaki pancake is almost always on convenience store shelves, Lawson, Seven-Eleven and FamilyMart have each rolled out new flavors for the fall.
Animals are taking over confectionary store Juccheim, with adorable flying squirrel, hedgehog and owl cakes arriving just in time to gift relatives for Respect for the Aged Day.
To kickoff the fall, Fujiya has just announced a new apple-shaped cake that comes with a secret filling.
Seven-Eleven's packaged fish and chips may be a little too light and soft, but makes for a great U.K.-inspired snack when paired with a beer or two.
With modern life getting ever more hectic, yoga and meditation are popular ways to unwind, and knowing the terminology will help you de-stress.
With the Emperor's abdication approaching you may be hearing some interesting Japanese vocabulary that is used only on royal occasions.