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Appreciate Contemporary Art in a Unique Setting at This Unmissable Event in Osaka

ART OSAKA (アート大阪) is an annual summer art fair and is one of the large art festivals in Japan. 2017 will mark its 15th year and for this year’s edition, 54 art galleries from within Japan and from other countries will be participating. ART OSAKA is an interesting event where hotel rooms are used as…

8 Things To Do Around Rausu, the Easternmost Town of Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido

Rausu (羅臼) is on the easternmost edge of the Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) overlooking Nemuro Strait (根室海峡) that separates Russia and Japan. With an estimated population of just over 5000, this is one of the least populated towns in Japan. Despite this, there are plenty of things to do in and around the pristine town of…

11 Things to Do in Odaiba, the Entertainment Island of Tokyo!

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, separated from central Tokyo by the famous Rainbow Bridge and accessible by monorail, subway and even boat. It is home to various small theme parks, museums, shopping malls, and boasts beautiful views of the sea and the city. It is a must-visit for families, friends, and…

Fuel Your Creativity and Join the Biggest Art Festival in Tokyo This May!

DESIGN FESTA (デザインフェスタ) is an international event which is held for two consecutive days in Tokyo (東京). Anyone, regardless of age, nationality, and talent, can join the fun in order to encourage freedom of creative expression. This is considered to be the single largest art festival in Asia where you can see different performances, artistic…

7 Things to Do in Ryogoku, the Traditional Town of Sumo

Ryogoku is a district most commonly associated with the popular Japanese sport of sumo. Sumo tournaments have taken place in the Ryogoku Kokugikan (sumo stadium) and sumo stables in the area for over a century and attract visitors from far and wide who come to get a glimpse of the giant wrestlers. The neighbourhood is…

5 Things to Do in Shirakawa-go, a Japanese Village Hidden in the Mountains

Located in the river valley and surrounded by mountains, Ogimachi Shirakawa-go (荻町白川郷) Village is truly a paradise for nature lovers. It has its own charm every season: cherry blossom trees in spring, green fields in summer, wonderful autumn leaves in fall, and a white Christmas village feel in winter. While most tourists spend only a…

Top 15 Things to Do in Akihabara, the Home of Japanese Pop Culture

If there’s one thing that Japan is known for overseas aside from sushi (寿司), it’s the otaku (オタク) culture. Not familiar with the word otaku? Think manga (漫画), anime (アニメ), cosplay (コスプレ) and themed cafés. While Tokyo (東京) is most certainly not short of any of this, the number one spot for getting your geek…

Walking the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Your Gateway to Odaiba

There are many famous bridges in the world. England has its London Bridge, Australia its Harbour Bridge, and America its Golden Gate. Not to be outdone, in 1993, the Japanese built their own bridge “attraction” in Tokyo (東京) and named it Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ). However, unlike Sydney and San Francisco, Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge is pedestrian-friendly…

Check Out This Cosplay Photo Studio in Japan That Used to Be a Real School!

Schools are a common setting in Japanese TV shows and anime. In Japan, cosplayers who dress up as school kids may find it difficult to get an authentic-looking school backdrop for their photo shoots. However, there is some good news for enthusiastic cosplayers! An old high school in Kurate (鞍手), Fukuoka (福岡) has been transformed…
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