2017 September

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

Check Out These 5 Cool and Unique Japanese LAWSON Products That You Should Try!

LAWSON is a famous retail chain company that first originated in the United States and later moved completely with its headquarters to Shinagawa, Japan. It is owned by Mitsubishi and it operates thousands of convenience stores all across Japan. LAWSON has become a well-known Japanese brand that competes with 7-Eleven and other convenience stores by…

Join the Festivities and See Ten Thousand Lights at a Temple in Tokyo This October

They say that light shines brightest in the darkest of nights. If you want to witness a parade of thousands of lights in Tokyo, the Oeshiki Festival is perfect for you! Held annually in October, the Oeshiki commemorates the death anniversary of Nichiren Shonin. This Buddhist festival is celebrated all over Japan, but the Oeshiki…

4 Must-Visit Spots in the Less Traveled yet Historic City of Gifu

While both picturesque and historic, Gifu, located next to Aichi Prefecture, tends to be engulfed by its more famous cousin. Nagoya City in Aichi is usually the tourist destination of choice for many. Yet Gifu City, a small attractive town only 30 minutes from Nagoya by train, holds some wonderful sights and is ideal for…

What Are the Recommended Places and Groups for the LGBT Community in Tokyo?

When I first came to Japan, I looked at the LGBT section of my travel guide in the hope of finding some information about the LGBT community in Tokyo and recommended places to go out. To my own disappointment, my guide only had a few information and the limited section was describing a small and…

What Is This Scary ‘Mud Festival’ for Kids in Okinawa and Why Is It Dying Out?

Japan is known for its many unique festivals, and Paantu is one such event mostly celebrated in the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. What was once a great festival celebrated all across the islands of Okinawa, is now just limited to Miyakojima and a few other islands in the far southwest. The festival is performed…

Have an Authentic Italian Dining Experience at This Restaurant in Japan

Italian food is one of the appreciated food by travelers around the world. In Japan, it shares the same fame. There may be many Italian restaurants in the country but only a few are serving authentic Italian cuisines. One of these is Panino Giusto, an Italian restaurant which originated in Milan in the year 1979.…

Japanese Manga ‘Marmalade Boy’ Will Be Turned into a Live-Action Movie in 2018

If you’re a fan of classic Japanese anime, then you must have already heard of Marmalade Boy. It is a 1990s romance anime which focuses on the ordinary life of Miki Koishikawa, a high school sophomore. Based on the shojo manga created by Wataru Yoshizumi, a Japanese manga artist hailing from Tokyo, this classic animation…
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