What Is This Traditional Japanese Form of Poetry Called “Shigin”?

Shigin (詩吟) is a form of art in which a person recites a Japanese or Chinese poem in the Japanese language by chanting. This is done in front of a large audience, a few friends, or even to one’s self. It has a rich history and is often practiced by the elderly rather than the…

It’s Becoming Easier for Koreans to Travel in Japan With This New App

Kakao Inc is a tech company based in Seoul, South Korea, and is well-known for its most famous instant messaging application called KaTalk, or KakaoTalk. Kakao is the number one mobile communication app in South Korea, and has expanded to 15 other countries, including Japan. It can be compared to Japan’s LINE app, which is…

Is This Proposed Skyscraper in Tokyo Bay Going to Be the Tallest in the World?

Forget the Empire State Building, Shanghai Tower, Taipei 101, and even Burj Khalifa, Tokyo is all set to build the tallest building on the planet by 2045. It is going to be built on an artificial archipelago in Tokyo Bay (東京湾) and will be named as the “Sky Mile Tower.” Its height is going to…

Do You Know About This Tourist Accommodation Tax in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto?

Tokyo (東京), Osaka (大阪), and Kyoto (京都) are considered as the most visited cities by overseas visitors in Japan. These three are bigger compared to other cities in terms of population, economy, and other criteria. If you are planning to visit any of these three cities, you must know that your trip is going to…

Should a Female Successor Be Allowed to Ascend the Japanese Imperial Throne?

The engagement of Princess Mako (眞子さま), the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), sparked not only a celebration of a joyous affair but also a debate on the status of women in the Royal Family. Japan’s Imperial Family follows the Imperial Household Law (皇室典範), which was in place since 1947 when the Emperor became a…

Get Unlimited Club Access and Party All Night in Tokyo With This Awesome App!

Your visit to Tokyo (東京) will never be complete without hitting the bar. The city boasts the world’s best nightlife. There are many amazing clubs with top-of-the-line sound systems where both the Japanese and non-Japanese let loose in order to mingle or find a date. However, some places can be expensive to enter. So if…

Meet Japan’s Newest Idol Group Made Up of Company Employees

Have you heard about the latest mega-member idol unit in Japan? Higashi Ikebukuro 52 (東池袋52) is a group made up of 24 female employees who work for a credit card company! It is surprising that the idol unit is made up of amateurs in entertainment, and yet was able to produce a polished performance. How…

10 Things That Will Definitely Make You Say “Wow!” During Your Visit to Japan

Travels become memorable when you get the chance to take on unique experiences, taste great food, and meet foreign people. But it becomes even more memorable with the presence of “wow” factors that are too captivating to forget! Japan has always been among the top destinations for those who are up for anything bizarre or…

Are You Brave Enough? The Top 10 Scariest Japanese Films You Shouldn’t Watch Alone

With tons of unique and astounding movies produced each year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to add to your personal “top list.” But if you’re looking for some real-deal horror, then a number of Japanese picks are there to impress. Over the years, the Japanese entertainment industry has evolved, especially in terms…

Who Is Your Favorite Japanese Bus Mascot? Vote Now Before the Election Ends!

It’s that time of the year again – the time when people come together to cast a vote on their favorite mascots. This time, the first-ever Bus Character Championship will be held, giving every prefecture’s bus mascot a chance to be voted for by people online. Though most of these mascots are not that popular…
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