Eihei-ji – a Temple in the middle of a serene Cedar forest

Eihei-ji is one of those temples that many Japanese have heard of but few have actually visited. On New Year’s Eve, the temple is featured on Japanese television ringing out the old year with 108 purifying tones. This classical temple is famous for its Zen style meditation, distinctive vegetarian meals and of course, as a…

Check out Perfume’s New album ‘Future Pop’!

Have you heard about Japan’s techno-pop group Perfume? They are leading the electro-pop scene in Japan with their futuristic music and cutting-edge high-tech performance. Just recently, they made a magnificent performance called ‘Perfume x Technology presents “Reframe”’. The trio released a brand new album called ‘Future Pop’ this past August 2018. I bet all their…

Why Do People Go to Karaoke Alone in Japan?

Karaoke directly translated means ’empty orchestra’. It is one of the favorite pastimes of the people in the land of the rising sun. Karaoke Boxes (private rooms which you can rent) and Karaoke bars can be found all over Japan, often as part of an evening of drinking with friends. It can be enjoyed at…

Check Out This Japanese Motor Company That Gives Famous Cars a Retro Makeover!

There are lots of car models available in the market that look exotic and attract any type of gearhead. In Japan, you would see plenty of international and popular car brands such as Toyota and Honda, among others. These Japanese car companies are notable for their original, slick, and interesting coachbuilding or engine designs. Not…

Express Yourself Through This Traditional Japanese Technique of Hand Weaving

Japan is a fashion heaven where a huge number of clothing brands can be found. But more than simply being a shopping destination, the country also offers many interesting traditional activities like weaving. There are several weaving styles that originated from the country, but one of them defies the rules: Saori is a freestyle kind…

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Clothes in Japan

Shopping is a great experience, especially when you are in a new country with lots of spare money! Japan’s large cities are gold mines for those looking for retail therapy, and with endless shops, malls, and department stores, shoppers will never get bored! However, shopping in Japan isn’t always the same as shopping at home…

Do You Know Who Is Behind the Train Melodies You Hear at Japanese Train Stations?

If you’ve ever been to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, you’ll notice the melody being played when trains are about to arrive and depart from stations. They are called train departure melodies or “hassha merodii” in Japanese. These jingles that whisk commuters on their way were actually made by Japanese composer Minoru Mukaiya, who…
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