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Planning to Join the Gion Festival in Kyoto This 2018? Check Out These Handy Tips!

The Gion Festival, locally known as Gion Matsuri, is one of the most important festivals in Kyoto. With a history of more than 650 years, this festival originated as a part of the purification ritual to appease the god that caused plagues, earthquakes, etc. Author’s photo Today, the Gion Festival continues to be held annually…

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan with These 9 Awesome Festivals in the Tohoku Region

Summer in Japan is mostly about festivals. In Tohoku alone, more than 10 summer festivals are celebrated! Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Here are some of the best summer festivals in Tohoku that you should not miss. Quick! Jot down the details! 1. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai A float procession, portable shrines, and a tiger dance –…

The Complete Schedule of Kyoto’s Biggest Annual Festival, Gion Matsuri!

In case you did not know, Kyoto’s biggest annual festival, Gion Matsuri, is actually held throughout the whole month of July, with the main parade falling on the 17th. Here is a complete guide to the one-month Gion Festival so that you don’t miss out on the fun! July 1 to 5 From the 1st…

Check Out These 8 Local Cuisines to Try In Tohoku!

Tohoku is a vast area located in the north of Japan, right below Hokkaido. It is surrounded by mountains and sea areas, which is why it is known for its amazingly fresh and beautiful cuisine. If you are planning to visit the area of Tohoku, you will be impressed by the fresh ingredients, the variety…

2 Japanese Companies That You’d Never Expect to Produce Skincare Products!

Japanese people are well known for their fair and near-perfect skin. This is mostly attributed to the Japanese dietary habits and quality skincare products. Tourists in particular love to flock to drug stores in Japan just to buy Japanese cosmetics and skincare products. Nowadays, more and more skincare products from Japan are making their name…

How Many of These 5 Strange Fruits Found in Japan Are You Familiar With?

Japan is well known for its weird and quirky stuff, and its fruits are no exception. Many of you have probably already heard of square watermelons among others, but there are many other strange and interesting Japanese fruits. Here are five of them! 1. Akebi jp.fotolia.com/ In 2017, netizens were exposed to this purple-colored fruit…

Discover the Supernatural World of Yokai at This Town in Tottori Prefecture!

When speaking about yokai, a class of supernatural monsters within Japanese folklore, one cannot help but be reminded of the late Mizuki Shigeru, the manga, author and historian who is known for his yokai related work. His passion for the world of yokai had led him to create manga and books about yokai, among which…

Get to Know Another Side of Japan by Watching These 2 Hollywood Movies

Japan is undeniably one of the most well-known countries in Asia. Oftentimes, Japan and its culture are depicted in pop culture and fictional works, including Hollywood films. While most Hollywood movies use Japan as a decorative element in their plot, some of them actually place Japan in the core of the story. Let’s take a…

Can’t Tell a Cherry Blossom From a Plum Blossom? 10 Differences to Look Out For

Cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are iconic for their pink flowers and are mainly found in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. Even so, they can still be easily mistaken for each other, especially from afar. Let’s dive into this article to learn…

5 Recommended Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan’s Tohoku Region

For the best cherry blossom viewing experience in the Tohoku region, which is located in the north of Japan right below the island of Hokkaido, it is best to follow the direction of the sakura bloom from south to north. The flowers usually bloom from the end of March until the end of April. Let’s…
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