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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2013 Year in Review

Japan Australia 2013 Year in Review
Japan Australia had another fantastic year in 2013. We recently celebrated our 4th Anniversary. Happy Birthday to us! This post also marks our 500th post! Wow! We never thought we’d make it this far! With the new year 2014 upon us, Happy New Year! It’s time to look at the Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2013. Not surprisingly, popular themes were food, matcha and cherry blossoms.

Without further to do here are the Most Popular Posts of 2013 in order from 5 to 1.

#5 Premium Quarter Pounders at McDonald’s Japan 

Premium Quarter Pounders at McDonald’s Japan
Published on July 5th this post and campaign featuring famous Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda (AC Milan) was a popular one. The limited edition burgers included the Quarter Pounder BLT and its spicy partner in crime the Quarter Pounder Habanero Tomato.

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#4 McDonald’s Texas Burger 2013 

McDonald’s Texas Burger
Published on February 2nd this was the comeback of the Texas Burger and it proved to be a popular post. The burger made its original debut back in 2010 as a member of the Big America series. It was released in its ALL STAR form to bring the crowds back to McDonald’s Japan.

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#3 Meet the Snow Monkeys of Japan 

Meet the Snow Monkeys of Japan
Published on March 9th this was our most popular guest post of the year. The small town of Yudanaka situated deep in the Japan Alps with its hot steaming natural hot springs is the place you will find these wonderful animals. Definitely a must see in Japan and one of my highlights here so far.

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#2 Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat 

Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat
Published on May 19th this post clearly shows the popularity of both matcha and Kit Kat. 2013 was definitely the year of matcha snacks in Japan and we had such a large range of different ones to choose from. We liked this version of Matcha Kit Kat as it was made for adults with a less sweet flavour than the regular version.

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#1 Best Spots for Cherry Blossoms in Gifu / Aichi 

Best Spots for Cherry Blossoms in Gifu / Aichi
Published on March 20th this was the most popular post for 2013 by a large margin. Cherry Blossoms are always a popular theme and this post highlighted some of the best spots in our local area to see them. We are lucky to have so many great spots in Gifu and Aichi to see them ranging from castles and parks to rivers and ancient trees.

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Have a great 2014 everyone and thank you for continuing to support Japan Australia.


  1. Looking forward to more posts from you in 2014! :)

    1. Thanks Lina, Many more posts to come! Thank you always for your comments and support :)

  2. Enjoy your posts and insights into life in Japan, keep them coming. You and a few others keep my interest in Japan at peak levels because of your blogs. So much so that I have returned to Japan for holidays every year since 2007 ,next one is in about 7 weeks for a month of language study and 2 months of cycle touring.

    1. Thank you Llewellyn, I'm so glad to hear that! Please continue to enjoy the blog and your next trip to Japan. By the way, where are you planning to go in Japan?

  3. I'm looking forward to read your articles in the new year! Ganbatte!

    1. Thank you Muza-chan! Many more posts to come in 2014 :) Thanks always for your support!


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