2015 October

6 Strange Japanese Food Trends to Tickle your Fancy

No matter how long you live in Japan, there will still be a lot of things to surprise you every day. Maybe it’s the innovative and restless nature of the Japanese to always come up with something new, something extravagant, something nobody ever thought of. Or if they did, they were too scared to try…

Takayama Spring and Fall Festivals, Truly Enchanting Cultural Events

Takayama festivals are held annually in Takayama city, Japan. The Spring Takayama Festival is also known as Sanno Festival, due to its apparent relation to the Hie Shrine(also known as “Sanno Shrine”) which was originally built in 1141. The Autumn Takayama Festival, on the other hand, focuses on the Hachiman Shrine. People in Takayama region…

5 Important Motifs from Japanese Family Crests

Unlike in Europe where family crests were used to distinguish nobility from commoners, Japan’s family crests (kamon) were not only exclusive to noblemen. The use of family crests also extended to samurai warriors and commoners. Although the kamon was exclusive only to nobility during the eighth century, it then became a symbol of identity or…

Gucci Cafe: Luxury Dining in Ginza

Ginza is Japan’s high-end shopping district that houses popular brands like Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior and many more. Ginza also houses quite a number of fine dining establishments and here I would like to present one of them. Some of you might be thinking that you can’t afford to dine in an expensive place…

The True Beauty and Art of Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Ikebana is one of the traditional art forms of Japan. With a rich history of over 600 years the art of ikebana is continually evolving. Let’s learn about this fascinating art form and where it came from. The History of Ikebana kq8.org/ Ikebana is said to have started around 600 years ago with its origins…

Destination Tokyo: Narita or Haneda Airport?

Are you going to Tokyo but don’t know which airport to choose? What are the differences between Narita and Haneda? Here are some tips to choose your preferred airport. Haneda Airport jp.fotolia.com/ Opened in 1931, Haneda Airport is located in Ota, Tokyo which is considerably much closer than Narita. From this airport, going to your…

Relax in One of Tokyo’s Best Hot Springs and Spas: Gorakuyu Wako

Gokuraku literally translates as land of bliss and specifically refers to Sukhavati, Amitabha’s pure land in Mahayana Buddhism. It may be a stretch of the imagination to declare Gokuraku-yu a paradise but nonetheless the spa chain provides excellent facilities for a few relaxing hours. The company is one of Japan’s largest spa operators with 38…

Why Are 3, 5 and 7 Important Numbers for Japanese Kids?

The month of November is the time when a certain yearly tradition takes place in Japan. Shichi Go San or, simply, Seven Five Three in English, is the tradition where parents bring their little children to their local shrines in order to give thanks for safely reaching the ages of 3, 5 and 7 and…

16 Must-see Places in Shinjuku: Explore the Unexplored!

Shinjuku. You may have heard of the city with the busiest train station in the world, and one of the major economic hubs. It’s probably at the top of most tourists’ bucket lists who want to visit Tokyo. Of course the reason is probably one, that this it the city that never sleeps, and two,…

The 3 Most Majestic Temple Gardens in Kyoto

It’s no surprise that in these days, people tend to have less time for personal pleasures and hobbies such as gardening. Gardens can provide stress relief with the relaxing qualities they possess. Some gardens in Japan even include Zen-influenced principles of design such as simplicity (Kanso), basics (Koko) or naturalness (Shizen). Let’s take a closer…
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