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Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) in the northeastern region of Tohoku (東北) in Japan has the lowest population density in the whole country after Hokkaido (北海道). Its capital is Morioka (盛岡市), a beautiful riverside city with a population of just 299,169 (as of September 2015). Even though it’s a scarcely populated...

Japan has long been the hub when it comes to samurai and martial arts training. In fact, a number of foreigners who want to master a specific art would visit the country to train under the best schools and mentors teaching various fighting types such as Aikido (合気道) and...

Do you want to stay in the central area of Tokyo while experiencing traditional and modern comfort at the same time? Located just 3 minutes away from JR Suidobashi (水道橋) Station is Hotel Niwa Tokyo (庭のホテル東京). It is popular for its location as it is near attraction sites such...

Located in Saga Prefecture (佐賀県) on Kyushu Island (九州), Karatsu (唐津) is a city filled with the beauty of Japanese culture. The city was an important trading port in the past because of its proximity to China and Korea. Karatsu’s name has its origin from the words "kara (唐),"...

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World War II might have ended in 1945, but the loyal Imperial Japanese Army officer, Hiroo Onoda (小野田寛郎), refused to surrender. He was a veteran soldier who fought with his army against the Americans and who was greatly heralded for his loyalty, obedience, and perseverance throughout his mission. He...

We all know how technologically advanced Japan is as a country. The Japanese are more tech-savvy than anyone else in the world. From small electric Itazura coin banks to huge magnetic bullet trains, the country is famous for its technological innovations. As Japan advances in every field, its population...

After a festive Christmas celebration and an optimistic look to the new year, an anime that uses Japan’s traditional way of storytelling makes us feel like it’s Halloween all over again. Yamishibai (闇芝居): Japanese Ghost Stories returns for its fourth season this January 2017. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, also known...

Sake (酒), as a highly popular drink in Japan, needs certain elements to be correctly served. One of these is the vessel which plays a major role in sake's quality and taste. It also gives different textures and aromas to the drink. Most of the time, sake vessels are...

TOKYO

Japan is definitely a great place to visit. If you are planning to stay in the country for an extended period of time, you have to be decisive in choosing the perfect place to stay at. There are so many accommodations which can be found throughout the capital city...

Do you want to stay in the central area of Tokyo while experiencing traditional and modern comfort at the same time? Located just 3 minutes away from JR Suidobashi (水道橋) Station is Hotel Niwa Tokyo (庭のホテル東京). It is popular for its location as it is near attraction sites such...

Another year has started, which means more upcoming opportunities for anime and manga fans to sport their favorite characters' stunning outfits! Events, such as the Comiket and World Cosplay Summit which are two of the biggest events in Japan, are expected to draw attention from members of the otaku community...

Japan has long been the hub when it comes to samurai and martial arts training. In fact, a number of foreigners who want to master a specific art would visit the country to train under the best schools and mentors teaching various fighting types such as Aikido (合気道) and...

KYOTO

Bread has a historical significance in Japan. It used to be a substitute for white rice during the World War II which later on became a staple food. A couple of years later, real bread was made by bakers in genuine ovens and bread began adorning tables nationwide. letsforking.wordpress.com/ Kyoto (京都)...

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (フォーシーズンズホテル京都) has recently opened last fall 2016 in Japan's historic imperial capital with an 800-year old traditional garden. The hotel is located at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain (東山) which is surrounded by very significant landmarks. It is also conveniently located near Kyoto's tech industries,...

Kyoto (京都) is the perfect destination to experience different festivals during varying seasons in Japan. It is also one of the places each tourist should visit when visiting the country. It is quieter and quainter than other cities in the country and is surrounded by very rich culture and...

Besides for being dubbed as the best city in the world, Kyoto (京都) remains awash with remnants of its past glory. It is a place stunningly rich in heritage sites, exquisite cuisines, and a little sprinkling of modernity. As a place often visited by people, it is also boasting...

OSAKA

If you are traveling in Japan and would like to know which place have the most number of museums and art galleries, then look no further than Osaka (大阪). It is a delight for the artistically inclined and curious as the city is brimming with galleries, exhibitions, and events....

Vegetarian restaurants are on the rise in Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in the country. People are becoming more conscious of food diet that many are actually seeking for real vegetarian meals. Oftentimes, it is difficult to find a restaurant selling such food. To help you fill your...

HOKKAIDO

Winter is approaching, and if you are looking to explore the snowy northern areas of Japan, you are at the right place. Okhotsk Sea lies to the north of Hokkaido encircled by Russian territory in the Pacific Ocean. It is considered as the coldest sea in East Asia. In...

While most of Japan is just entering or in the midst of autumn, northern Hokkaido is already making preparations to welcome the onset of its famous freezing winter. Usually, the date of the first snowfall for the winter is seen as an indicator of the season's arrival. This year,...

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So you've come to Japan, got settled in, made some friends, and suddenly, you're invited to a wedding. Well, don't panic! This article will be your need-to-know guide on how to attend a Japanese wedding, how to avoid the amateur (often embarrassing) mistakes others have made in the past,...

Japan is known for having expensive food in the market. This is probably one of the most common complaints of foreign people visiting the country. Contrary to this, there is actually a wide selection of cheap food having good quality. Like anywhere in the world, if you eat like...

NATIONWIDE

In Japan, it is a traditional practice to use "han," "hanko," or "inkan" instead of using personal signatures when signing, accepting, and acknowledging documents. Almost every individual in the country has one. These are stamps which are used for different situations such as serious contractual matters. The usual stamps...

As Japan is an island country, it is blessed with a wide variety of seafood which can be harvested from the seas surrounding the country or obtained at rearing farms. However, do you find yourself at a loss when faced with a mind-boggling range of shellfish? As most of...

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