How did Halloween Become so Popular in Japan?

View this post on Instagram A post shared by 31 Nights Of Halloween (@31nightsofhalloween) on Sep 22, 2019 at 2:03pm PDT It is September, and from the very first weeks of this month, you have probably been seeing many shops and street corners being decorated with Jack-O-Lantern and other orange and purple colored miscellaneous decorations.…
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Riding the Steam Locomotive Train SL PALEO – Now the Rugby WC2019 & Sake Train!

by Zoria Petkoska Author’s Photo Puffing and smoking, the SL Paleo Express pulls into Kumagaya station and it seems we’ve all found ourselves in a time slip. Yet, that very time slip magic is what people come for every weekend – some riding the train, some waiting along the tracks to see it passing. Some…
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Saitama City: A place where sport and culture unite

  Heading to Kumagaya Stadium during your time at the Rugby World Cup this year? Saitama City is just a stone’s throw away, and it’s a great destination for sports fanatics looking to explore a local, welcoming city—one that loves sports as much as they do. Saitama City is just a 40-minute train ride from…
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KRISPY KREME Japan Unveils the Halloween 2019 Doughnuts

by Zoria Petkoska Hello September and hello anticipation for Halloween and everything Autumn themed! Many brands in Japan started unveiling their seasonal items, and Krispy Kreme is one of the most creative among them! The beloved American doughnut brand in Japan fuses cultures perfectly and blends seasonal autumn flavours with Halloween symbols. *Author’s photo Author’s…
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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…

Bringing the Mammoth Back to Life : How Japan is Making De-Extinction Cool for Kids

Currently showcasing at the Miraikan, Japan’s premiere space for cutting-edge technology, is “The Mammoth.” This special exhibition is bringing never-before-seen remains of mammoths and other extinct animals to the public eye. Previously buried underneath the frozen wastelands of Siberia, paleontologists worldwide are rushing to the region to save these perfectly preserved specimens. With the advancement…
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Art Aquarium Nihonbashi 2019: Goldfish and Edo Culture

by Zoria Petkoska Nihonbashi was the heart of Edo, or old Tokyo, where all important roads used to meet. To this day, the area is displaying its Edo heritage through art, design, events, food – both authentic recreations and modern culture twists. Just a stroll around the area reveals elegant tradition-inspired design, with people wearing…