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What You Should Know About Traveling to Japan Now that Airbnb Laws Are Changing  What You Should Know About Traveling to Japan Now that Airbnb Laws Are Changing 

It’s not a good time for Airbnb hosts or renters in Japan right now: The private residence renting service was recently forced to cancel thousands of already booked and paid reservations in Japan, all thanks to a new set of Japanese laws that went into effect on June 15. Here’s what’s going on over there, and what…

How to Make Japanese-Style Iced Coffee How to Make Japanese-Style Iced Coffee

Nothing livens up a hot afternoon quite like a cup of iced coffee. Trouble is, a lot of the iced coffee out there is just stale, leftover hot brewed coffee that’s been chilled, or cold brewed coffee with a much different taste. Enter Japanese iced coffee—the best of both worlds.

The Cheapest Places to Stay in Japan The Cheapest Places to Stay in Japan

I keep telling people that traveling to Japan is way more affordable than they think, especially if you book the right accommodations. We’re talking as little as $20 to $50 a night if you know where to look! These obviously aren’t five-star resorts, but they’re worth it for the money you’ll save.

If You’re Visiting Japan, ‘Konbinis’ Are Your New Favorite Thing If You’re Visiting Japan, ‘Konbinis’ Are Your New Favorite Thing

Traveler, let me give you my most useful tip for visiting Japan: the “konbini” is life. It’s a one-stop shop for literally anything a wide-eyed tourist such as yourself may need while you explore the brightly lit corridors of Tokyo, or get swallowed by the serene silence of temples and shrines in Kyoto.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Art of Furoshiki The Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Art of Furoshiki

Who needs a crummy plastic bag when you can carry just about anything with an attractive piece of cloth? Enter the art of Furoshiki, or the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that’s been used to transport and wrap items for over a thousand years.

The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travelers. It feels completely different than western countries, yet totally familiar. I recently got back from a trip there, and while it wasn’t my first visit, I still learned a whole lot. Mainly, I figured out what kind of items are best to…

The Best Tokyo Tips, According to Our Readers The Best Tokyo Tips, According to Our Readers

For the first time on “Hack Your City,” we went way outside our usual anglophone range. While most editions of this column boil down to restaurant and bar recs, our Tokyo edition addresses some more fundamental differences that an American tourist needs to know. If you’re visiting for the first time, read all 66 of…

Tell Us Your Best Tokyo Tips Tell Us Your Best Tokyo Tips

We’re sixteen weeks into Hack Your City, so maybe it’s time to talk about the largest metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo, which houses and employs a full 30% of Japan’s population, is where New Yorkers go to feel small. Like any city of its size, it’s got more to do than you could explore in a lifetime. But it’s…

How to Respond to Bad News Online How to Respond to Bad News Online

Times of global disaster are ripe for hyper-social networking. Friends sound-off on their walls, and vigorously tweet and blog of impending doom and gloom. And all these updates raise a tough question: How do you respond?

How to Give to Japanese Recovery Efforts Without Getting Scammed How to Give to Japanese Recovery Efforts Without Getting Scammed

As with the Haitian earthquake and the Gulf oil spill, Japan's earthquake and tsunami have brought out the best intentions in people, accompanied by a few less noble opportunists. Here's how to give confidently to cleanup and recovery efforts in Japan.

AT&T and Verizon Customers Can Call or Text Japan for Free This Month

In response to last week's earthquake and tsunami, AT&T U.S. is offering free wireless calling and texting to Japan from the U.S. and Puerto Rico, along with 60-minute credits for landline customers, starting now through March 31. UPDATE: Ditto for Verizon. [PRNewswire via Gizmodo]

How to Prepare for and Survive a Disaster How to Prepare for and Survive a Disaster

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, followed by tsunami warnings in Hawaii and across much of the West coast, has us all thinking a little bit more about whether or not we're prepared for an unexpected disaster. Here's the Lifehacker guidebook for making sure you're prepared.

Prevent Body Odor with Baking Soda and Lemon (and Book Signing Sunday) Prevent Body Odor with Baking Soda and Lemon (and Book Signing Sunday)

Sick of your store-bought, baby powder-scented deodorant? James shows us how to smell better using baking soda and lemon. (Editor: James is my hero.) The combination is a natural deodorant that absorbs moisture and kills odor-causing bacteria. My kung fu teacher swore by this technique, and he was a pretty sweaty…

Get Drunk Faster Get Drunk Faster

Update: Real Simple (on CNN) reports that pairing energy drinks and alcohol can cause heart palpitations and breathing difficulties. Thanks to all our commenters who pointed out the article.

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