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8 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo's Hip and Arty Neighbourhood

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

35 Things to Do in Shinjuku, the Party District of Tokyo!

Shinjuku (新宿) can be quite intimidating with its bright lights, enormous train station, glamorous people and an array of host clubs and bars. It is also a unique district of Tokyo (東京); it is the gay capital and the home of the red light district. If you’re visiting Tokyo, this fascinating area is well worth…

29 Things to Do in Shibuya, Tokyo’s Fashionable Metropolis

Shibuya (渋谷) is one of Tokyo (東京)’s main districts, home to countless department stores, restaurants, clubs, love hotels, and karaoke (カラオケ) parlors. If you visit Tokyo, spending time in Shibuya is a definite must-see place! Although partying and shopping are great choices, they aren’t the only things to do. Here are 29 things to do…

28 Things to Do in Ginza, the Most Glamorous and Stylish District in Tokyo!

Located in Tokyo (東京)’s Chuo Ward (中央区), Ginza (銀座) is one of the city’s most famous upmarket shopping and entertainment districts. Within its boundary are many department stores, high-end boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, clubs – anything you could possibly want! On weekend afternoons from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (until 6:00pm from April to September), Ginza’s…

What Is the Concept of ”Mushin” and Why Is It Important?

The word “mushin” is comprised of two kanji characters – “無” (mu), meaning “nothingness”, and “心” (shin), meaning “heart,” “spirit,” or, in this case “mind.” In this way, mushin can be roughly translated to “nothing mind” or “no mind.” It comes from a longer phrase used in Zen Buddhism, “無心の心”(mushin no shin), or “mind of…

The True Beauty and Art of Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Ikebana is one of the traditional art forms of Japan. With a rich history of over 600 years the art of ikebana is continually evolving. Let’s learn about this fascinating art form and where it came from. The History of Ikebana kq8.org/ Ikebana is said to have started around 600 years ago with its origins…

The iconic Japanese crafts and forms of art

We are pretty familiar with Bonsai, Origami and etc. Originated from Japan and became famous worldwide, these forms of art always reflect the Japanese culture and artistic ability. The structure and the style of Japanese gardens , potteries and such are also really attractive and can be seen everywhere when we travel throughout this country.…

6 must-do cultural activities in Kyoto

Kyoto, a city in Honshu island, is not only famous for its interesting places but also its cultural depth. You can find many temples and shrines in Kyoto, more o than in the other cities of Japan, many preserved Japanese buildings, and a lot of people who still wear Kimono compared to the other cities.…