2016 January

Experience the Famous Stars and Fire Rites Traditional Festival in Kyoto this February!

Every year on February 11 in Yamashina of Eastern Kyoto, a festival of destiny and good luck occurs with the blessings of Buddha. It is a procession style festival with bonfires and exhibitions filling the air of Yamashina with excitement. Agon Shu flickr.com/ ‘Hoshi’ is Japanese for ‘Star’. In the context of this festival, it…

Experience a Geisha Tea Ceremony and Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto!

Early spring in Japan is the season of Plums, where plum flowers can be seen blossoming everywhere around the end of February. Many people flock to plum viewing areas to enjoy the best views, picnics and celebrations. Let’s have a look at this unique Baika-sai Matsuri festival dedicated to plums held in Kitano Tenmangu shrine…

Step into the Tale of the Historical 47 Ronin Vendetta at Sengaku-Ji Temple!

If you’ve heard of the 47 loyal Ronin, you must have also heard of the Sengaku-ji Temple where their graves can be found. It is a Buddhist Temple located in the neighborhood of Takanawa, Tokyo which was considered as one of the three major temples in the Edo Era together with Seishoji Temple and Sosenji…

Prince of Stride: Alternative, An Exciting New Sports Anime!

Anime fans are surely excited because the start of 2016 means a whole new round of seasons for their most awaited animes! And let’s admit it, this season is packed full of a number of promising animes to look forward to. The number of new episodes keeps piling up every week of the new anime…

How To Become Slim Like the Japanese with the Easy ’Banana Diet’!

“100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10-km run every single day!! …And in the mornings, a banana should be enough.” If you have been following the One Punch Man series, you should recognize this quote by Saitama. But wait, why only a banana in the morning? I believe it is referring to the…

Urashima Taro: What’s the Moral of the Story?

Urashima Taro is one of the most popular folk legends in Japan. It is a story often told to kids. There are a few variations of the story but they are quite similar overall. Summary of the Story chestofbooks.com/ In the popularly told version, Urashima Taro is fishing when he sees a turtle that is…

Meet Rila Fukushima: A Japanese Actress Taking the Leap to Hollywood

Ken Watanabe. Devon Aoki. Rinko Kikuchi. They are just a few Japanese actors that are widely recognized in Hollywood. While Hollywood is no stranger to Asian artists trying to cross over, there are just a few who stand out. One of them is Rila Fukushima (福島リラ), who is slowly but surely making her name a…
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