Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島) are a group of 30 islands located about a thousand kilometers away from Tokyo (東京) to the south of Izu Islands (伊豆諸島). These are also known as Bonin Islands (ボニン諸島) which translates to "uninhabited islands" in Japanese. The archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Sake (酒), as a highly popular drink in Japan, needs certain elements to be correctly served. One of these is the vessel which plays a major role in sake's quality and taste. It also gives different textures and aromas to the drink. Most of the time, sake vessels are...

One of the perfect places to relax at is located in the middle of Japan. The prefecture of Shiga (滋賀県) is where you can find Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), the largest lake in the country. Shiga is a mountainous place as it is surrounded by Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) to the...

If you have been to Japan during the oshogatsu (お正月) i.e. Japanese New Year before, you probably have seen many people queuing outside department stores and shops to buy fukubukuros (福袋) i.e. fortune bags. If you have not witnessed this phenomenon personally, you might have seen footage of the...

Home to Japan's coral reefs, Okinawa (沖縄), a.k.a. Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島), is one of the most visited archipelagos in the East China Sea (東シナ海). Famous for its rich marine life, turquoise waters, and tropical climate, Okinawa attracts many tourists from around the world. It is located at the southern...

There are many interesting and unique places to visit all across Japan. It is a beautiful country that is rich in natural resources, especially in flora and fauna. There are some unique species in Japan that you can't see anywhere else in the world. For example, Japan's Ogasawara Islands...

I feel like having a slow breakfast in Japan has become a luxury because of how busy people are and how early mornings start. I completely understand that every second of sleep is more valuable than making time to get a good breakfast for a lot of people. But...

Japan is known for having expensive food in the market. This is probably one of the most common complaints of foreign people visiting the country. Contrary to this, there is actually a wide selection of cheap food having good quality. Like anywhere in the world, if you eat like...

Ueno (上野) is a MUST on any tourist’s agenda. Located conveniently to the north of the city (connected by numerous JR and Metro lines), Ueno is a visitor's dream come true. Its park and pond boast many beautiful walks, its shrines and temples are amazing, and its museums are...

If you are a fan of Japanese architecture and looking for some exciting castles to explore, this article is for you. In Japan, there are a lot of castles built on mountains, plains, lakes, hills, etc. The kings and lords built these castles depending on their personal interests, military strategy,...

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