2017 May

Japan Celebrates as Princess Mako of Akishino Gets Engaged!

On the 16th of May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako (眞子さま), a 25-year-old Japanese Princess, had been engaged. Her marriage is expected in the next year. The Japanese people are happy and in a mood for celebration because of this good news. Princess Mako of Akishino (秋篠宮) is the first granddaughter of Emperor…

How Do You Bring a Sword In and Out of Japan? All About Japanese Sword Laws

Japan is famous for its martial arts such as Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Aikido (合気道), Jujutsu (柔術), Sumo (相撲), and others. Some of these martial arts, especially Kendo, involve swordsmanship which makes them interesting activities. Many people practice using a bamboo sword or a plastic sword at a training school since it is…

The Top 10 Things to Do near Haneda Airport in Ota City, Tokyo

Ota City (大田区) is probably the least known among the 23 special wards of Tokyo (東京). Many foreign tourists do not even know much about it even though it is home to one of the country’s famous international airports, namely Haneda (羽田). In fact, Ota is the largest ward in Tokyo and has many things…

Feel Transported to the Netherlands at This Tulip Fair in Hokkaido This May!

You do not have to go all the way to the Netherlands just to see tulips when you can have it here in Japan, on the scenic island of Hokkaido (北海道). Hokkaido’s climate is well suited for tulips, lilacs, and many other attractive flowers. Nothing can spring emotions like a beautiful tulip flower which is…

How Beneficial Are Japanese Internet Cafes These Days?

Many people nowadays have personal computers, laptops, and smartphones which can give them an easy access to the Internet anytime, anywhere. Despite this fact, Internet cafes still exist in several countries, including Japan. What makes them beneficial is the high-speed Internet access and the low price. Some people in Japan even consider Internet cafes as…

Experience True Peace and Tranquility at These 2 Mountain Shrines of Gunma, Japan

The historical shrines of Nikko (日光) are world-famous, as are the temples of Kyoto (京都) and Nara (奈良), yet the mountain shrines of Gunma (群馬) have been sadly ignored by many. These shrines, each attached to a mountain range, form the “Three Mountains of Jomo (上毛三山)” and boast a history dating to early Asuka (飛鳥;…

Don’t Miss the Biggest Spring Festival for Lilacs in Sapporo This May!

Spring 2017 in Sapporo (札幌) is going to be full of excitement with lots of events. Sapporo is usually known for its winter festivals such as the Snow Festival (雪まつり), which is probably the largest event to take place in Hokkaido (北海道). However, there are other grand-scale events such as the Yosakoi Soran (よさこいソーラン) Festival…

Sip a Cup of Coffee and Relax at These 3 Coffee Shops in Ota, Tokyo

Japan might be better known for tea, but it is also becoming a great destination for coffee lovers. Coffee products are just within arm’s reach anywhere in the country and coffee shops abound in limitless permutations. As a matter of fact, Japan is considered to be one of the largest consumers of coffee around the…

Indulge in Nagasaki’s Traditional Local Cuisine at This Japanese Restaurant

Nagasaki (長崎) has long been a cultural and historical region one would like to visit in Japan. It is home to many restaurants that serve unique and tasty food – be it traditional Japanese cuisine or international – Nagasaki has got you covered. It also has some of the most famous restaurants in the entire…

Passion for Adventure? Join these 3 Thrilling Activity Tours in Japan

Are you an outgoing person full of energy and passion for action? If so, then Outdoor Japan Adventures is offering several exciting tours that are sure to be right up your street. Whether your adventure level is beginner, moderate or advanced, you can choose from a variety of sporty activities to get you going. Many…
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