Kumamoto

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

Top Bungy Jump Spots in Japan for Adrenaline Junkies to Get Their Rush All Year Round!

Japan is well-known for tranquil scenery, ancient customs and stunning nature. Japan is less well known for high-risk adrenaline sports. However, more and more places are popping up across Japan to provide thrill seekers their much-needed excitement. Bungee jumping is a sport which involves throwing yourself off a bridge, cliff or building attached to an…

3 Beautiful ’Husband and Wife’ Meotodaki Waterfalls to Explore on Your Travels

A waterfall itself is a beautiful sight but having two side by side is enough to melt your heart away. A pair of waterfalls is called ‘Meotodaki’ in Japanese. They are also called ‘Twin Waterfalls’ or ‘Husband & Wife’ waterfalls. They are present in a few mystical places of Japan for us to be enthralled.…

Explore Kumamoto: Visit the Reigando Cave

While tourist attractions within a metro area are easily reached and convenient for travellers, if you don’t mind making an effort to travel out of the city centre, you are often rewarded with amazing locations and little-visited spots. This is how is in Kumamoto, where a mere stone-throw from the city is a top tourist…

Nastume Soseki: The Greatest Influencer on Japanese Literature

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, chances are you will have heard of Natsume Soseki (夏目漱石). Working during the Meiji period, Soseki was popular both in his own era and this popularity continues to the present day. In fact, in recent years Soseki has been more popular than ever, with Haruki Murakami citing…

Tomi’s Shortbread House – British Pastry in the Heart of Kumamoto

Shortbread might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Japanese baking, but for Tomi’s Shortbread House, it is a culinary staple. Located in the heart of Kumamoto, this British-style pastry shop offers so much more than just shortbread. I spoke to the store owner Yuki Wilson about the pastry…

Explore Kumamoto – Day Trip to Uto

“But why are you going to Uto? There’s nothing there!” My Japanese friends were confused about my choice of a day trip location. To them, visiting a small town with almost nothing to do there seemed like a strange concept indeed. But I reminded them that to me, a foreigner, even the most mundane experience…

Beauty and Wonders of the 7 prefectures of Kyushu Island

Avoid the busy Tokyo. Skip the famous Kyoto. Go farther down Osaka. There are more to see down south of Japan. Visit Kyushu and discover more beautiful sceneries, dine on great delicacies, and indulge in the richness of culture and history. In Kyushu, you may experience an adventure you will treasure for a lifetime. All…
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