By michiru

4 Places to Visit When You’re Stuck in Tokyo but Longing for Kyoto

Kyoto (京都) is arguably one of the best must-see places in Japan: a prefecture full of picturesque spots that preserve Japanese culture and history. But when, for whatever reason, you’re stuck in Tokyo’s (東京) busy streets and tall buildings, with so little time and resources (that shinkansen or plane ride does not come cheap!), you…

3 Cherry Blossom Activities in Roppongi This Spring 2017

When taking a look at a list of hanami (花見; flower viewing) spots in Tokyo (東京), you would normally see Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑), Meguro River (目黒川), Imperial Palace (皇居), Ueno Park (上野公園), and the likes. These are awesome spots to enjoy the cherry blossoms, surely, but don’t forget that Roppongi (六本木) has its own sets…

5 Japanese Onomatopoeia Words That DON’T Express Sounds!

As we all know, onomatopoeia, or words to explain sounds, varies depending on the language. For example, a dog says “bark” in English while it says “wan” in Japanese. Given the wide range of variety, onomatopoeia is a reflection of the culture of a country. Interestingly for Japan, while American comics are filled with “Bam!”s…

3 Things That Make This Illumination Wonderland a Must-Visit in Japan

With the recent hype about Mie’s ninja museums (伊賀流忍者博物館) and trick houses, you may be lured to go out of your way just to catch a glimpse of these innovative and fun attractions. Yet, another thing you need to know is that beyond shinobis (ninjas) and shurikens, Mie (三重) has another ace up its sleeve…

Having a Quarter-Life Crisis? Here Are 3 J-Dramas You Might Relate To

With a pile of bills to pay and loads of responsibilities to shoulder, being in your 20s is hard enough as it is. Add to that the societal pressure of being engaged in a romantic relationship or having a prospective marriage partner, and you will end up with an even more taxing life. While I…