Kumamoto Earthquake

Help Support Kumamoto With This New Unique Flavor of Kit Kat in Japan!

Through the relentless effort of various communities and institutions, Kumamoto, Japan continues to recover from the devastation it has suffered brought by the earthquake that struck the region in 2016. Nestlé lets us lend a helping hand to these efforts by creating Kit Kat flavors specifically for Kumamoto! Kumamoto Tea Kit Kat On the same…

Support Kumamoto Castle’s Recovery by Purchasing Sapporo’s Special Edition Beer!

In April 2016, a strong earthquake hit Kumamoto (熊本), Japan, killing at least 50 people and displacing many residents to temporary homes. One of the places that suffered a serious damage was the Kumamoto Castle (熊本城), which is considered as one of the three premier castles in the country. Even its distinctive stone walls collapsed…

Enjoy Traditional Dance With Modern Music at the 2016 Tokyo Yosakoi Festival

The heat of the summer might have abated at last, but the streets of Tokyo are still searing! In an upcoming festival, yosakoi dance teams from around Japan will take over the Ikebukuro station area and be performing live! Yosakoi is a style of dance that blends traditional elements of Japanese costumes and dance movements…

It’s Your Loss If You Don’t Know About This Voluntary Tax System in Japan

At the mention of taxes, the typical impression is that it’s something which we are legally obligated to pay. However, do you know that there is a voluntary tax system in Japan which calls upon the people to pay taxes on their own initiative and that there have been a significant number of people who…

Unwind at Daifuku no Yu – a Quality Onsen in the Heart of Kumamoto!

One of the truly heartwarming things that came out of the Kumamoto Earthquake was seeing how local businesses rallied together and tried to support the citizens in need of help. I discovered the Daifuku no Yu earlier this year – it is only a few minutes away from my apartment and has become my local…