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Classic shrines of Chiba – a glimpse of tradition before you fly out of Narita.

When you say the word “Chiba” or “Narita” to most foreigners, images of Japan’s largest international airport comes immediately to mind, along with that mad rush foreigners make to catch their plane. Yet, if you say Narita or Chiba to most Japanese, you might hear two diverse descriptions – the first, of course is the…

Check These 7 Must-Try Activities in Tokyo for the Ultimate Japanese Experience!

Ah, Tokyo – the capital of Japan. Whether it’s about exotic foods or groundbreaking discoveries, the city has continued to make news around the world, especially now that Tokyo is set to host the most awaited 2020 Olympics. If it’s your first time coming to Japan and you want to experience its culture, here are…
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4 Things to Do in the Town of Uchiko, a Remnant of Rural Japan

One of the biggest attractions in Japan apart from the first-class technological advancements in the country is its traditional sites. From the rustic beauty of its ancient Shinto and Buddhist temples up to the pristine beauty of authentic Japanese residences, the country has a lot of sites to be proud of. Among these places is…

100 Things to Do in Ginza, the Most Glamorous and Stylish District in Tokyo, in 2018!

Located in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, Ginza 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 main shopping street,…

Catch a Unique Kabuki Performance in Nagoya and Osaka This August 2017

Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a popular form of cultural entertainment in Japan. It originated as an entertainment for the common people and was oftentimes considered racy and taboo but later on became a formal style of drama. However, it poses a problem for those who do not understand old Japanese culture or language. As a result,…

Everything You Need to Know about the Magic and Mysteries of Kabuki!

Finally, we come to the last installment of the three-part series about the top three traditional performing arts of Japan – Kabuki! This is probably more well-known compared to its counterparts i.e. Noh and Bunraku partly due to the fact that many of the kabuki actors these days tend to appear in many TV dramas…

Visit Yachiyoza Theatre in Kumamoto for a Traditional Japanese Theatre Experience

Are you a theatre enthusiast who loves to see plays and performances of all sorts? If so, consider paying a visit to Yachiyoza in Yamaga (Kumamoto Prefecture). This theatre has a long history and will enable you to glimpse into the past as well as catch some up-to-date performances by top modern artists. History Author’s…

A Quick Introduction to Understanding the Riddles of Kabuki

Kabuki is one of the famous well-known aspects of Japanese culture, yet for many non-Japanese, Kabuki remains a mystery. The exaggerated movements and oddly done make-up are more baffling than the archaic Japanese that the actors are using. Now, some Kabuki theaters offer English translations for its foreign fans, but the language is only half…

Remembering David Bowie and His Strong Connections to Japan

The lyrics “like some cat from Japan” from “Ziggy Stardust” are a clear indication of Bowie`s loving fascination with the land of the rising sun. Bowie, who tragically passed away Sunday, January 10th, was an international icon, finding home not only in the UK where he was born, but Germany where he recorded some of…
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