The Tale of Genji

10 Great Spots You Should Visit in Uji, the ’Town of Matcha’ in Kyoto!

Matcha is a popular and well-loved green tea powder, which can be found everywhere in Japan. It is widely praised for its warming taste, health benefits, and glorious color. Matcha has now become popular in western countries, and you will likely find it in many coffee shops and cafes if you look for it! Uji…

Top 10 Things to Do in Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta!

What is Omi Jingu (近江神宮) like? It’s a fiery place that burns with the passion of every Karuta player who has played in a competition. Discover the charms of Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta! Omi Jingu is a shrine in Otsu City (大津市), Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県). It is located at the foot of…

The Standard of Heian Beauty: Incredibly Long Hair

During the Heian period, which lasted roughly from the 9th to the 12th century, there was a very unique and fascinating standard of beauty. One important aspect of beauty for Japanese women during the Heian period was sporting incredibly long hair. This must be the dream era for admirers of long hair! Long Hair, Don’t…