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Planning to Join the Gion Festival in Kyoto This 2018? Check Out These Handy Tips!

The Gion Festival, locally known as Gion Matsuri, is one of the most important festivals in Kyoto. With a history of more than 650 years, this festival originated as a part of the purification ritual to appease the god that caused plagues, earthquakes, etc. Author’s photo Today, the Gion Festival continues to be held annually…

The Complete Schedule of Kyoto’s Biggest Annual Festival, Gion Matsuri!

In case you did not know, Kyoto’s biggest annual festival, Gion Matsuri, is actually held throughout the whole month of July, with the main parade falling on the 17th. Here is a complete guide to the one-month Gion Festival so that you don’t miss out on the fun! July 1 to 5 From the 1st…

Wander These 2 Areas With a Japanese Atmosphere Between Narita Airport and Tokyo

Taking a walk through areas with a traditional Japanese atmosphere will make for an unforgettable experience during your vacation. There are spots between Narita Airport and Ueno, Tokyo with a strong historic atmosphere and lots of local charm that you definitely can’t see in the big city. Come take a walk around town and see…

Want to Be as Stealthy as a Ninja? Check Out These Special Japanese Socks!

Have you ever thought about how a ninja could sneak into palaces without making any sound? Because of their stealthiness, many people are interested in trying ninja outfits. Did you know that there is a fashion trend sweeping Japan and the rest of the world right now that allows ninja outfits to be worn in…

Find Out About This Amazing ‘Floating Bonsai’ Created in Japan!

You are probably familiar with the cute Japanese art form called “bonsai,” but are you familiar with the so-called art project “Air Bonsai?” This project allows people to create their own ‘floating star’ by growing and nurturing it. It was made by a small company called “Hoshinchu” in Kyushu, Japan. It doesn’t only treasure the…

Enjoy Traditional Japanese Dance, Music, and a Parade at This Festival in Tokyo!

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s districts where you can see several major attractions and events. This coming September 23 and 24, 2017, a huge festival will be held in order to bring the community to a festive mood. It is a great opportunity for locals and tourists alike to see an “Omikoshi,” which is a…

Experience the Unique and Traditional Okunchi Festival in Kumamoto this October!

Japan is famous for its many traditional and inspiring festivals which take place all over the country throughout the year. One festival in particular, the Okunchi Festival, is held every October at the Aoi Aso Shrine (青井阿蘇神社) in Kumamoto. Come and visit this amazing national treasure and Kyushu tradition this Autumn from 3 to 11…

A New Traditional Japanese Starbucks is Opening in Kyoto

If there are special edition Japanese Starbucks menu items, there’s bound to be a special Starbucks store design that is traditionally Japanese as well right? Well, the plans are well on their way and a traditional Japanese Starbucks, Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tea House (京都二寧坂ヤサカ茶屋), will be opening on June 30, 2017. A Traditional-Style Starbucks Comes…

What Is This Traditional Japanese Form of Poetry Called “Shigin”?

Shigin (詩吟) is a form of art in which a person recites a Japanese or Chinese poem in the Japanese language by chanting. This is done in front of a large audience, a few friends, or even to one’s self. It has a rich history and is often practiced by the elderly rather than the…

Have You Heard of This Traditional Japanese Tea House Hidden in Tokyo?

If you think you’ve explored everything Tokyo (東京) has to offer, think again. There’s a place in Jiyugaoka (自由が丘) that is literally hidden from the public eye but could make your jaw drop, especially if traditional Japan is your thing. Kosoan (古桑庵), a tea house, is a real hidden treasure which is open to guests…
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