2015 November

Come See Hakodate’s Colorful Kousetsuen (Miharashi) Park!

This fall I went to Hakodate with my family for the first time but we didn’t really know much to see there. So after asking the hotel staff and looking through some pictures on different social media websites, I decided that we must go to Kousetsuen park, or also known as Miharashi. We were not…

What to Buy at Haneda Airport: 40 Souvenirs to Get Before You Leave!

You’ve done it before. You’ve packed for your trip home, checked your flight times, double checked you’ve got your passport, safely reached the airport, and then suddenly remembered that one person who you haven’t got a souvenir for yet. However, it’s not too late! If you are traveling to or from Japan through Haneda Airport,…

Improve Your Japanese By Checking Out These 4 Must-Read Japanese Fairy Tales!

Fairy tales are a good example of a global concept, because they are prevalent in every culture. Reading fairy tales allows you to learn about a culture more in-depth, and add to the knowledge you already have through portrayal in the media. Recently, I have started to learn more about Japanese fairy tales. There are…

Do You Know These Japanese Koi Varieties?

The koi fish is a popular type of fish in Japanese culture. It traditionally symbolizes wealth, longevity, good luck, bravery, success, perseverance and drive. In a Chinese legend, the koi is said to possess a powerful life force which propelled it to swim upstream through various hurdles to reach the peak of the mountain and…

Watch These 2 Great Dystopia-Themed Japanese Movies

Manga and anime are some of Japan’s staple supplies of entertainment and they cover various genres, where there is always one that you can easily relate to. From romance to horror to dystopian-themed action genres, the country’s manga and anime industry has got everything covered. During the year 2015 alone Japan has released about 100…

5 Japanese Disaster Names You Should Know

Japan is a land prone to natural disasters. After all, we are living within the infamous ring of fire. Although many people would consider this subject taboo, these are a few essential words you should really know! The fun stuff is easy to remember, but the boring or emergency related stuff is also important. Brush…

Experience the Nebuta Festival at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum, Aomori

Rasse, rasse, rasse ra! That’s what you hear when the street performers of Aomori are inviting everyone to join the Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta festival) every August. But, for people who cannot afford to take part in the festivities, there’s still a chance to experience the Nebuta Matsuri throughout the year at the Nebutaya Wa Rasse…

Get a Taste of Aomori at These 3 Restaurants

The Prefecture of Aomori is defined not only by the beauty of its landscapes and mountains that give anyone who visits the area a sense of tranquility, but also by its colorful festivals and unique flavors. Just about 3.5 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train), visitors of this northern province have a chance to…

Want to Go Hiking in Aomori? Follow the Trail of the Oirase River!

Just a two-hour car drive away from Aomori City, and you’re on your way to a relaxing getaway in the upstream region of the Oirase River. Past the farmland are green thickets of forest that protects the river from bank erosion. The Oirase River channels the water of Lake Towada into the Pacific Ocean, and…
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