2016 January

The Mysterious and Beautiful Temple Built into a Cave: Bishamon-do in Iwate

Over a thousand years ago, a Buddhist Temple was built in the rock wall of a cliff in Hiraizumi, Iwate. It was called Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo which was primarily dedicated to the warrior gods of the 9th century. At that time, Japanese territories were expanding northwards which was followed by several battles with Emishi…

Eat Your Good Luck with Eho Maki – Fortune Sushi Rolls!

Setsubun is almost upon us, the time when we usher in a new season – Spring! We call this Rishhun. But, don’t let the calendar fool you. It is still as cold as the top of Mount Fuji over here! Calendars lie, people! However, one of the most important traditions of this fine holiday involves…

Stay and Relax at the Most Beautiful Resort in Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a resort town that is popular with many tourists for its serene neighborhoods and lush green nature. This place has many nice hotels and resorts, and if you are looking for that romantic and luxurious edge, Hoshinoya Karuizawa is the best option. It has very stylish and advanced facilities that will make your…

Yuka Kinoshita: A Tiny YouTuber With A Big Appetite

At first glance, this small-looking girl seems to be someone who might eat very little. You have always heard that you should not judge a book by its cover and it is certainly the case with Yuka Kinoshita. She can just gulp down food that could be served to more than 10 people in one…

Did You Miss New Year in Japan? A Guide to Spending Your Next New Year in Nara

2016 is already here, and yet it’s never too late to take a look at the Japanese way of spending the night between years, and the first day of the new year. And what better place to explore the oshougatsu (お正月) practices, than the old capital, Nara. If you’re looking to spend the New Year…

Mount Shigi and Its Historic Temple: The Lesser-known Attractions of Nara

Located in the northwest of Nara lies the lesser known area of Mt. Shigi. Not only it is a nice place for a simple hike, there is also an interesting “tiger” temple known as Chogosonshi-ji Temple which is more widely referred to as Shigi-Bishamon Temple. At the entrance area of the temple, there is a…

Climb the 1000 Steps to Yamagata’s Scenic Hidden Treasure, Yama-dera

Yamagata City is located in a mountainous area where scenic temples can be seen. One of which is located in the city’s northeast area and is known as Yama-dera Temple. It is a Buddhist temple founded over a thousand years ago and has been considered as a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site.…

Catch Everyone’s Favorite Virtual Singer, Hatsune Miku, on Tour 2016!

The phenomenal virtual singer Hatsune Miku no longer needs a lengthy introduction. But for the uninitiated, Miku originated as a voice synthesiser software that was initially intended for professional musicians in 2007. Little did the world know that this software would take over the world, represented by a virtual 16-year-old girl with her now famous…
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