Japanese history

Who Are These ‘History Girls’ From Japan and What Are Their Interests?

Japan has many subcultures that really make you wonder how different it is from the rest of the world. When it comes to gender-specific cliques, there are a few such as “Reki-jo,” also known as “History Girls,” that have become very popular in the past few decades. Reki-jo is a group of women who show…

Visit These 3 Fascinating Places in Stunning Okayama in 2018!

Okayama is just one of the many interesting places you should try to visit in Japan. It is popular for Koraku-en Garden, which is one of the top three traditional gardens in the country, and the fable “Momotaro”, which portrays the tale of a hero. Besides being culturally rich in history, it is also home…

Visit the Miho Museum, an Art Paradise in the Mountains near Kyoto!

Kyoto is a beautiful city because of its temples and traditions, and attracts many visitors every year both from Japan and overseas. However, regarding art, there are not a lot of museums where you can enjoy a day of cultural understanding and really spend a whole day admiring the art of Japan. The Miho Museum…

Learn About the Meanings Behind the 8 Most Common Japanese Surnames

Surnames are a very unique and interesting aspect of Japan. Did you know that an overwhelming majority of Japanese surnames have been in existence only since the late 19th century? Also, the meanings behind those surnames are very reflective of cultural, religious, and social practices that have been in Japanese society for a while. It…

Find Out Why This Osaka Museum Closed in 2013 and What Remains of it in 2017

Besides being known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” Osaka has quite a history when it comes to its maritime culture. It has also been a popular place for the trading of goods. In line with this, the Mayor of the city opened the Osaka Maritime Museum in 2000 in order to reflect the importance of the…

Visit Kitagishima, The Beautiful Granite Island in Okayama Prefecture!

Okayama Prefecture is a popular area on the west side of Japan which boasts many islands, islets, and beaches and attracts both Japanese and international visitors. This area of Japan is both picturesque and historical and is a great place to explore and enjoy! In particular, the Seto Inland Sea region has long been a…

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit this Legendary National Park in Kyushu!

Located amidst beautiful mountain ranges that seem to resemble the surface of another planet, Kirishima, in Kagoshima Prefecture, has a fascinating history and offers plenty of things to do. If you are in Kyushu, do not miss Kirishima Kinkowan National Park which has some great things to do and see for all the family. The…

Discover this Secret Love Shrine Located on a Secluded Island in Nagasaki!

There are many secret Shinto shrines in Japan that can be found in locations such as deep forests, hilltops, and remote islands. They can bring people closer to nature through worship. Nagasaki Prefecture is widely known as a great place to find magnificent shrines such as the Suwa Shrine, which attracts a lot of visitors.…

Find Out About These Awesome Japanese Traditional Homes That are Now for Sale!

You must have seen some of the many old, brilliant castles or modern buildings in Japan, and thought about how much you’d like to own one. Well, if you browse the websites of some Japanese real estate firms, you may now see a selection of old, wooden, rusty dwellings located in beautiful locations. These once…

Find Out How to Reserve Your Visit to a Unique Temple and UNESCO Site in Kyoto!

Kyoto is famous for many things, especially its beautiful temples. One of them, the Saiho-ji Temple (also known as ‘Moss temple’ or ‘Koke-dera’) is exceptional because you won’t actually find this kind of Zen temple anywhere else. There is a marvelous garden inside Saiho-ji, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a site of heritage…
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