Who we are

Our website address is: https://japanathand.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it.

Like most website operators, Japan at Hand collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Japan at Hand’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Japan at Hand’s visitors use the website.

Japan at Hand also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blog. Japan at Hand only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the Japan at Hand website may choose to interact with us in ways that require Japan at Hand to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Japan at Hand gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who use our contact forms for a first name, last name and an email address. In this case, Japan at Hand collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Japan at Hand. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Subscribing and Mailchimp

We use Mailchimp as our third-party marketing platform. When you subscribe to the Japan at Hand newsletter, we will send the given email address to Mailchimp who manages all our email subscribers. This allows us in return to provide the requested service and send out emails to those subscribed to our email list.

By using this service you consent to Mailchimps collection and use of this information as well as the collection of ‘usage data’ such as but not limited to; an IP address, pages that are visited, and device identifiers. We encourage you to read Mailchimps privacy policy page and contact them directly with any questions.

You may opt out of any and all communications from Japan at Hand by clicking ‘unsubscribe’ link within our emails or by contacting us directly at nathan@japanathand.com.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Japan at Hand and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We may also partner with selected third-party vendors such as, Google analytics and others, to allow tracking technologies and remarketing services on the site through the use of first-party and third-party cookies, to, among other things, analyse and track users’ use of the site, determine the popularity of certain content and better understand online activity. By accessing the site, you consent to the collection and use of your information by these third-party vendors. You are encouraged to review their privacy policy and contact them directly for responses to your questions. We do not transfer personal information to these third-party Vendors. However, if you do not want any information to be collected and used by tracking technologies, you can visit the third-party vendor or the Network Advertising initiative Opt-Out-Tool.

Where we send your data

  • Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
  • We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. When you sign up to become a subscriber of our newsletter we will send your email address to Mailchimp who manages all our email subscribers. This allows us in return to send out emails to everyone on our email list.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, have left comments, or have become a subscriber, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you need to contact us regarding any of the example given above; please contact:


Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Japan at Hand may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Japan at Hand’s sole discretion. Japan at Hand encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.