2016 February

Sannai-Maruyama Site: Explore the Ancient Jomon Period Settlement in Aomori

In the northernmost part of Honshu lies a completely preserved ancient settlement dating back to the Jomon Period. These were incidentally discovered in 1992 upon surveying the site for a new baseball stadium. With the start of excavations, it further led to the discovery of burial pits and enough information on the ancient settlement above…

3 Hammock Cafes for that Much-Needed Pit Stop to Relax and Unwind!

What do you do if you feel like having a nice meal at a café and at the same time feel like lying down? You go to a hammock café of course! Hammock cafes are a great choice if you are an adventurous café-hopper. 1. Mahika Mano kotaku.com/ If you prefer a bit of sunshine…

Did You Know There Is a Lake in Japan That Doesn’t Freeze?

Lake Tazawa is known to not freeze in the dead of winter! Famous at this lake is also the golden statue of Tatsuko Hime which was erected in 1968. The lake and statue have been featured in IRIS, which is a South Korean action and spy drama. Read on to find out the story behind…

Check Out the Forest of the Seven Lucky Gods in Gifu!

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan represent good fortune when it comes to Japanese folklore and mythology. Most of them came from India and China and are often seen in many carvings from ancient trees and other representations all throughout the country. You can also see them carved in rows of rice storehouses in Hida…

5 Reasons to Venture Outside of Tokyo with a Fun Kofu Day-Trip!

Have you ever heard of Kofu? Kofu is a town in the Yamanashi prefecture, next to Tokyo. Though this is not a very famous place, Kofu has a lot of attractive sites. Here are five popular sites in Yamanashi that are worth the visit! 1. Shadow Picture Museum okazunavi.com/ Furouen Park, meaning Garden Park of…

Billy Bento: the Best San Francisco Food in Kumamoto

For a small city, Kumamoto sure has a lot of choice when it comes to catering to the cosmopolitan diner. One of the newest additions to Kumamoto’s wide variety of choices is ‘Billy Bento’, a fusion of Western dishes and the Japanese style with a San Francisco flavour. Completely unique, Billy Bento offers authentic flavours,…

Sakura Forecast 2016: The Latest Updates For Every Area of Japan!

It has been almost one month since the release of the first Sakura Forecast from the Japan Weather Association. Now, their second forecast has been announced! In their second round of predictions, the JWA gives more details and more dates! Don’t miss out on the news! The First Forecast mitoyo-kanko.com/ Previously, the Japan Weather Association…

2016’s Scrumptious Sakura Strawberry Starbucks! A Look at the Sweet Spring Treats

Everyone knows Japanese people love spring. What’s not to love? The short decent season after you freeze your tush off, and before you sweat off your other things. Oh, and cherry blossoms! Who could forget those? We are kinda crazy about them. This year, for the first time ever, Starbucks has joined in the catering…
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