fireworks (hanabi)

3 Things to Do in the Little-Known City of Toyohashi in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture

Cabbages! This is the best word to describe Toyohashi City in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. It is known that Toyohashi has the oldest tradition of cabbage cultivation in the country, so it’s no wonder that you see cabbages almost everywhere when you visit. Not only that, but Toyohashi is also well known for its largest port…

7 Wonderful Things About Summer in Japan: It’s Not All Sweat and No Fun

Temperatures rise, humidity levels skyrocket, and sunblocks and cooling towels are bought and unpacked as summer hits Japan. In the big cities, the clear skies of spring transform to murky gray, Mt. Fuji is nowhere to be seen, and levels of seasonal depression go on the rise. Bugs like cockroaches, mosquitoes, and jumping spiders spring…

Enjoy a Spectacular Projection Mapping Show at Tokyo Tower This Summer 2017!

While Tokyo Tower may now be dwarfed in popularity as well as size by Tokyo Skytree, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the older Tokyo Tower instead, particularly this summer. There are two illumination events happening every night until September 3rd 2017. Better yet, there is no extra admission fee; you simply need…

Don’t Miss These 3 Major Summer Festivals in Osaka Held in July!

Osaka is not only known for its food and shopping districts but is also home to dozens of festivals held during the summer season. If you are traveling to this beautiful city at this time of the year, you definitely won’t fall short of things to do. Among its numerous summer festivals, these three major…

6 Spectacular Sights to See and Things to Do Around Japan’s Lake Biwa This Summer

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), also known as Biwako, is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. With its long history, it is sometimes called the “Mother Lake.” Lake Biwa offers spectacular sights and activities that you can enjoy in daytime or at nighttime. Since summer in Japan is coming up, beat the heat by surrounding yourself with…

In Hokkaido This Summer 2017? Don’t Miss These 6 Special Summer Events!

Hakodate (函館) is one of the largest cities in Hokkaido (北海道). Regarded as one of the most enjoyable places to visit, Hakodate attracts tourists due to its historical buildings, beautiful scenery, and great local food. Not only is it a popular destination during winter with its powder snow and illumination events, but it has also…

Enjoy Fireworks, Dragon Boat Race, and More at This Summer Festival in Osaka

Summer is here once again, and in Japan, it is also a season for festivals and grand fireworks displays (花火; hanabi). Usually, you can experience these colorful events from July to August, but if you are visiting Osaka (大阪) in June, you can enjoy one of the earliest summer festivals! Takaishi Seaside Festival (高石シーサイドフェスティバル) Takaishi…

Play With Fireworks in Summer 2016! All About Fireworks and How to Stay Safe!

One of the key highlights of summer in Japan would have to be the hanabi (花火) i.e. fireworks. Generally, there are two major categories of hanabi i.e. the uchiage hanabi (打ち上げ花火) and the omocha hanabi (おもちゃ花火 or 玩具花火). The uchiage hanabi is what you see at hanabi festivals where they are launched by specialists and…

Don’t Run From the Heat! 8 Reasons to Stay in Japan and Enjoy the Summer!

Summers are always an exciting time of the year. A time where you can hit the streets or the beach or wherever you head to, wearing basic minimal clothing. The atmosphere is vibrant, people are laughing, and you can eat all the matcha ice cream in the world. While leaving Japan during summertime might be…
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