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Go on a Trip Around the World in One Day at This Open-Air Museum in Aichi!

Japan used to be a closed society for 300 years. People in the past were forbidden to learn about other country’s culture. Later on, it became open to the rest of the world and Japan started displaying an undiscriminating love for all things foreign. Such is the case for the Little World Museum of Man,…

Do You Know What “Namahage” Is? Find Out at This Museum in Akita, Japan!

If the Western culture has a trick or treat custom wherein kids dress up in scary costumes to play a prank or receive sweets from house owners, in Japan, particularly in Akita Prefecture, grown men in frightful demon masks will come knocking on your door. This is called the Namahage visit. It used to take…

Looking to Buy a Yukata for Summer? Check Out These 5 Affordable Places in Japan!

It is almost impossible to walk down Tokyo’s summer festivals and not see Japanese people in their yukata, a traditional Japanese clothing for summer. Yukata is the more casual version of a kimono, made from cotton or synthetic fiber. It is made for all genders and ages. Not only is it perfect for personal wear…

4 Ways to Relive the Days of the Japanese Samurai at Nikko’s Edo Wonderland!

The Edo (江戸) period was one of the most definitive periods of Japanese history in terms of art, culture and society. This was also the era in which Japan earned its name as the Samurai Country. Edo Mura (江戸村; Edo Village), also known as Edo Wonderland (日光江戸村), in Nikko (日光) gives visitors a chance to…