Want a Cute Panda Cake for Your Birthday? Here Are 3 Places to Get Them in Japan!

Years ago, MILESTONE, the Western confectionery department within the long-established Japanese sweets brand, Fukuido (福井堂), began to sell 3D Panda Cakes. Basically, a panda cake is a shortcake shaped and decorated like a panda. Some TV shows picked up the cake as a trendy topic and it immediately caught many people’s attention. Back then, I…

Check Out These 2 Amazing Iris Festivals Accessible From Tokyo!

Soon, irises, or “ayame (あやめ)” in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each other across the Hitachi-Tone River (常陸利根川).…

Passion for Adventure? Join these 3 Thrilling Activity Tours in Japan

Are you an outgoing person full of energy and passion for action? If so, then Outdoor Japan Adventures is offering several exciting tours that are sure to be right up your street. Whether your adventure level is beginner, moderate or advanced, you can choose from a variety of sporty activities to get you going. Many…

The Adorable Korilakkuma and Its Cafe Is Back for a Limited Time in Japan!

In winter 2016-2017, a Korilakkuma Café (コリラックマカフェ) was opened for a limited time in Japan and reservations were quickly booked out. The good news is that it’s back again for another run! If you are in Japan this May and June 2017, definitely take your chance, especially if you are a fan of this cute…

Go Sightseeing Like Never Before with JR East’s Newest Luxury Sleeper Train

Luxury sleeper trains are now getting more and more popular in Japan. Many people are choosing this option to spend a leisurely day of traveling. On May 1, 2017, JR East’s luxury sleeper train, Train Suite Shiki-shima (TRAIN SUITE 四季島), made its debut. Unlike any other sleeper trains, it promises to provide passengers a cruise…

Take Part in the Top 5 Sunflower Festivals of Japan This Summer!

Japan’s seasonal flower festivals attract thousands of tourists each year. If you are looking to appreciate nature’s beauty while in the country, don’t miss these five sunflower festivals this summer! 1. Akeno Sunflower Festival (あけのひまわりフェスティバル) hokuto-kanko.jp/ Over 600,000 sunflowers welcome visitors at the Akeno Sunflower Field (明野のひまわり畑) during the annual Akeno Sunflower Festival in Hokuto…

Witness the Beautiful Bloom of Iris Flowers at These 4 Festivals in Japan!

Many kinds of flowers grow on Japan’s land and one of them is the Japanese iris in its beautiful shades of blue and purple. See the full bloom of iris flowers that blanket select parks and gardens in Japan at these four iris festivals! 1. Suigo Itako Iris Festival (水郷潮来あやめまつり – May 27 to June…

Celebrate Yu Yu Hakusho’s 25th Anniversary by Visiting Its Cafe and Fair in Japan

Slam Dunk (スラムダンク), Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン), Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン), Detective Conan (名探偵コナン), Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心)… the ’90s is certainly an era of some of the most iconic animes. One of the most well-loved series during that time was Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書). Based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi…

PABLO’s Uji Matcha Cheese Tart Is Back for a Limited Time to Grace Our Taste Buds!

Yet again, PABLO’s (パブロ) famous Freshly Baked Uji Matcha Cheese Tart (焼きたて宇治抹茶チーズタルト) is back for a limited time! Among the special limited items in PABLO, this is probably the most awaited one. It is a seasonal tart which uses plenty of matcha in its ingredients. It has a fresh scent with a slightly bitter flavor…

Will Ramen Nagi Set a New Japanese Trend with Their ‘Insect Tsukemen’ Noodles?

Do you like ramen (ラーメン)? How about ramen topped with deep-fried worms and crickets? It may sound a bit disgusting but it’s actually an enjoyable dish for those with a unique appetite. There are many countries around the globe where insects are eaten, including China, Thailand, Africa, Mexico and Australia. To incorporate this into the…
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