Japanese raccoon dog (tanuki)

Check Out the 10 Best Gifts You Can Buy in Tokyo!

Finding and buying Omiyage (souvenirs in Japanese) is just one unmissable aspect of any trip to a new country. During your trip to Japan, you will notice there are a lot of shops where you can buy souvenirs. You may feel a little bit lost with all the choices on offer in those shops. Here…

Heading to Miyajima Island? Consider Staying in This Lovely Hotel!

Miyajima (宮島) is an island near Hiroshima (広島), well known for its wild deer, exciting mountain cable car, and the famous Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社). Miyajima is visited by hundreds of tourists every day and is easily accessible from Hiroshima Station (広島駅). It is considered one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is…

From Cute to Scary: 3 Common Animals in Japanese Wildlife

Japan, as a country, is not only made of big crowded cities but is also a home to abundant nature covered with mountains and trees. As these places are not a favorable environment for living, most people live on coastal plains. Most of these places are left untouched by humans making it a suitable place…

Take a Closer Look at Japanese Women and Their ’Foxy’ Features

There is a fascination with foxes (kitsune) and raccoons (tanuki) in Japan. In fact, you probably already knew that if you watch anime or read manga as these animals appear in there often. The fascination towards these animals even extends to women desiring to have faces resembling foxes (kitsune gao) or raccoons (tanuki gao)! No…

More to Salt and Tanuki Statue Traditions Than Meets the Eye!

If you look carefully as you’re walking around Japan, you’ll notice small plates or dishes of salt outside a lot of homes and businesses. If you ask around you’ll get a few different explanations for the reasoning behind people leaving these out. The most common explanation I’ve been given is that the salt is there…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…