Monthly Archives: February 2017

For those who want to go on an anime pilgrimage, the biggest question is "Where do I begin?" Natsume Yuujinchou fans, look no further! Let us follow Nyanko-sensei to Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto, Japan. Nyanko sensei, buta neko, Ponta, Madara. He may come with many names but our favorite cat...

With promising young talents like Yamazaki Kento (山崎賢人) and Fukushi Sota (福士蒼汰) heating up your screen these days, you may not be able to conjure up the image of Mokomichi Hayami (速水もこみち) readily in your mind, even if you have heard his name before. But what if I told...

The Japanese Royal Family, or the Imperial Family, consists of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), the Empress Michiko Shoda (正田美智子さま), their children and other family members. The Imperial House was founded in 660 BC by the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu (神武). It is the oldest dynasty in the world, with 125...

As we know, there are many Japanese restaurant branches in other countries. However, these restaurants may have changed their recipes from the original dishes offered in Japan. This might be because ingredients of certain dishes are hard to come by, or because restaurant owners decide to tailor to the...

Experiencing a traditional onsen (温泉) in Japan has always posed a problem for me. It's not the hot water nor the price that worries me, but the obligation to get completely naked before jumping in. That handkerchief-sized, piece of cloth handed to you before entering? That's intended for a...

One of Japan’s greatest treasures is its huge variety of delicious food. The reason why there are quite a number of dishes in Japan is due to its rich and diverse culture and history, as well as the climates which differ in various regions. Therefore, there is an abundance...

When you're looking for somewhere to stay in Tokyo, the choices are endless. However, one hotel that has never failed me is Toyoko Inn (東横イン). I have been to several different branches of the hotel around Japan and they always provide guests with a great service and an awesome...

When foreigners think about Japan, the representative Mt. Fuji (富士山) may first come to mind. When most visitors plan to see Mt. Fuji, they may imagine Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) as a destination to see Japan’s most famous landmark. However, there is another area – Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) – where...

Among all the places to explore in Japan, who would have thought that the academic sites are one of the best places to visit? One of many universities that offer beautiful buildings is the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus (東京大学本郷キャンパス). The grounds are a great place to walk around...

Spring in Japan is well-known for the full bloom of sakura (桜; cherry blossoms). If you are going to visit Tokyo for the cherry blossoms this spring, then you can't miss some of these popular spring festivals. Festivals, or matsuri (祭り), in Japan are common events. Almost every shrine celebrates...

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