2016 September

Looking for the Best Bentos in Japan? Here Are 3 Award-Winning Ekibens

When in Japan, you will most likely come across ekiben (train station bento boxes) shops housed within the train stations especially if there are long-distance train services passing through there. In order to ease your hunger pangs during the long journeys, there is a dizzying variety of prepacked bento meals sold at such shops to…

5 of the Historically Enchanting Inns You Can Stay at in Kyoto

Besides for being dubbed as the best city in the world, Kyoto (京都) remains awash with remnants of its past glory. It is a place stunningly rich in heritage sites, exquisite cuisines, and a little sprinkling of modernity. As a place often visited by people, it also boasts historically enchanting inns which have been accommodating…

All You Need to Know About Maneki-Nekos, Japan’s Lucky Cats

In Japan, there are many things considered to be auspicious or bodes well of which one of the most common and popular ones would have to be the maneki-neko (招き猫) which literally means “beckoning cat.” The maneki-neko features a standing cat with one of its front legs raised like a hand which looks like it…

Join the 2016 Bush Clover Festivals in Tokyo and Kyoto to Welcome Autumn

The scorching hot and humid summer of Japan went by in a blink of an eye and who would have thought we’d be handing in the season of change with some rain clouds so soon! I’m sure some of you are already looking forward to the possible things that you can do to enjoy and…

Get Spooked This Halloween 2016 at These Theme Park Events in Japan

Halloween is right around the corner. Have you already decided what costume to wear? If you’re in Japan, the tradition of the event lies in two things: commercialism and costume. Over the years, people have shown a gradual increase in Halloween interest which resulted in the rise of commercial hypes. Though going from house to…

Enjoy Halloween Drinks and More at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo This Fall 2016

Autumn season in Japan is here! Are you already excited to catch the changing colors of the leaves? There are so many places to do this activity and so many restaurants providing autumn-themed menus. One of these places is the ever-popular Grand Hyatt Tokyo which is a luxury hotel in the heart of the capital…

Win This Contest to Have Magical “PreCure” Girls Visit Your Home!

Have you ever heard of the Japanese magical girl anime metaseries (a series with several subseries) called “Pretty Cure?” It is an exciting animation which started in February 2004 and has been really popular among elementary school-age girls in the country. Because the series consists of all-female characters, it also has a significant secondary fan…

Witness Sword-Wielding Warriors at the World Samurai Summit 2016 in Aichi

Armored knights have assembled. The noble samurai battle is commencing. The main stronghold is under siege. Have you marked your calendars to witness this annual event? The World Samurai Summit 2016 is a two-day event set to happen on November 19 and 20, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) at Nagakute City of Aichi Prefecture. It’s a…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…
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