2017

Have a Unique Hello Kitty Experience at These 6 Parking Lots Throughout Japan!

Hello Kitty was originally marketed to young girls, but has gradually become popular for everyone for its cuteness since it was first launched in 1974. This white bobtail cat-inspired character was originally created by Yuko Shimizu for the Sanrio Company and is now managed by its new designer, Yuko Yamaguchi. With products ranging from toys,…

How Many of These 4 Great and Insightful Books Set in Japan Have You Read?

Finding the right book can often be a difficult task as you trawl through various shelves at the bookstore or library searching for that one collection of pages that interest you. Furthermore, if you’re looking for a book particularly set in Japan, your options can oftentimes be a little more limited, sometimes with just a…

Top 28 Recommended Hotels in Asakusa For a Great Stay in Tokyo in 2017

Asakusa (浅草) District in Taito (台東) is home to the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo (東京), the famous Senso-ji (浅草寺) Temple, and Kaminarimon (雷門), meaning “Thunder Gate”. It is also easy to access Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) from here, making it one of Tokyo’s most desirable areas. A good way to make sure you get the…

Are You a Yuri! on Ice Fan? Check Out This New Collaboration Event in Kyushu!

Yuri! on Ice is an animated series produced by MAPPA that aired from October to December 2016. With a total of twelve episodes, the series is primarily about figure skating as a sport and focuses on the story of Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki. Since its airing, the series has grown in popularity. The support…

Heard of Japanese Transparent Potato Chips? Here’s How to Make Them at Home!

There are Japanese companies such as Calbee which have made normal potato chips interesting by coming up with unusual flavors like salt and lemon peel, plum, KFC, etc. Have you already tried all of these available types and looking for something even more unique? Forget the flavor, have you seen strange-looking potato chips? No, we…

Do You Know Where You Can Relive the Famous Story of the 47 Ronin in Tokyo?

The legend of the 47 Ronin (warriors without a lord) has been ingrained into Japanese folklore through books, films, and other forms of art. Known in Japan as the “Ako Roshi,” the story has even made it to Hollywood. With its tale of honor and sacrifice, it captures the essence of Bushido – the samurai…

Light Up Your Summer Nights at This Lantern Festival in Kumamoto, Japan!

In Kumamoto, there are three great fire festivals celebrated in the month of August. One of which is the festival that brings light to a dark night called the Yamaga Lantern Festival. Let’s find out more about it! Yamaga Lantern Festival The Yamaga Lantern Festival, also known as the Yamaga Toro Festival (山鹿灯篭まつり), is held…

Embark on a Hokkaido Ramen Adventure at These 3 Hotspots in the Area!

When in Hokkaido, ramen is a must-have delicacy regardless of the season of your visit. Among the different styles of Hokkaido ramen, the top three types are widely regarded to be those from Sapporo, Hakodate, and Asahikawa, which have their unique characteristics. Nonetheless, some common traits among them include the use of curly noodles, except…

Minimalist Brand MUJI Will Be Opening Its First Hotel in Tokyo! Check It Out!

MUJI, also known as Mujirushi Ryohin, a popular minimalist retailer in Japan, has recently announced that it will open its first-ever hotel at the Marronnier Gate Ginza complex in the spring of 2019. The hotel’s furnishing will be based on the company’s product designs. This is going to be a standard accommodation, unlike the one-off,…
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