Tanabata Festival

Cool Down From the Summer Heat With These Limited Calpis Treats and Drinks

As summer in Japan approaches, everyone’s looking to refresh themselves in any way possible. If you’re up for something cool and new, you might want to bring down the heat with Calpis (カルピス) and Afternoon Tea’s (アフタヌーンティー) cool summer collaboration! What is Calpis? Calpis is a largely popular Japanese milk-based beverage. It is one of…

Experience a Starry Night and the Milky Way in Tokyo Tower This Summer 2017!

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is no doubt one of the many popular places to visit when in Tokyo (東京). It may not be as tall as Tokyo SkyTree (スカイツリー), but it still serves as one of the main structures to represent Japan’s capital city. Not only does Tokyo Tower light up, but it also changes colors…

Make Your Wishes Come True with the Kikkouden Wagashi (Japanese Dessert) Set!

July typically marks the end of the rainy season and the official entry into the sweltering summer season. In the old calendar (kyuureki), July is known as fumizuki or fuzuki which can be written using the same kanji characters i.e. 文月. As to how this name came about, this is said to be related to…

Find the Traditional Origami Patterns in Modern Technology!

Origami has been assimilated in the Oxford dictionary since time immemorial, and it has also become a global buzzword. It is defined as the Japanese art of folding papers into various shapes and sizes. However, the elegance of origami goes further that being a mere ornament for the Tanabata Festival. Today, many modern structural designs…

Tanabata Festival: Orihime and Hikoboshi’s Fateful Meeting

Japan has numerous festivals celebrating their rich culture, one of which is Tanabata Festival or Star Festival. Japan has no particular date for this festival although it usually starts from July 7th until the end of August depending on the area all across Japan. ouryu.seasaa.net What’s the story behind Tanabata Festival? The Legend of Tanabata…