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Learn about Tanabata, Japan’s Famous Summer Romance Festival!

One of the highlights of living in Japan is the variety of festivals and other special occasions that are celebrated throughout the year. Whether it’s a crisp spring day or a cold winter afternoon, you can reliably find crowds of people flocking to a local shrine. One of the most celebrated festivals in Tanabata, a…

The Possibilities Within Osaka- 5 Places You Must See!

Osaka is a special city. As soon as you arrive you can easily tell things are completely different, which is what makes it so fun. Osaka is a bit more disorganized, a bit more hectic, and a bit louder. People will stand on the right side of the escalator, rather than the typical left, or…

2 Day MUST SEE Kyoto Trip

If you are traveling to Japan, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of things you MUST see. You’ll visit multiple websites that go from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto to Hiroshima to Nara to Hakone to Mt. Fuji and to the many other beautiful sites in Japan. It is a lot of information to…

Explore the Beauty of Tokyo’s Hydrangea Festival

When summer comes to Japan, you can tell by the start of the rainy season and rising temperatures. But with more rain means the start of the blooming season for many flowers, and in Bunkyo city in Tokyo, the blooming season of hydrangea flowers is celebrated with the Hydrangea Festival, Ajisai Matsuri. This festival is…
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Top 30 Unique Things to Do in Kyoto in 2019

Kyoto is on the go-to list of most people who visit Japan. Often dubbed as “the most beautiful city in Japan” and home to hundreds of historical sites, the former capital of Japan is the favourite of many and visited by millions of people every year. Kyoto is known as the best place to see traditional temples,…

Is Atlantis in the Japanese Archipelago?

We all know the legend of Atlantis: the fictional city that ends up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean. The story has captivated people for centuries, particularly since many would like to know what served as the inspiration behind Plato’s mythical city. For decades, scientist and archeologists have devoted time to researching whether Atlantis or the…
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Japan: A Tale of Two Teas

High above Tokyo station, I watch, as two ladies from the illustrious Fukujuen Tea House, make tea. One is elegantly dressed in a Fukujuen kimono, while the other dons the black and white style of the West. The teas are wonderfully fresh, the makers clearly love their work, and their attention to detail brings home…
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What To Do and How To Correctly Behave in a Sento 銭湯

While Onsen 温泉 (literally hot source) exist for the pleasure of relaxation and the health benefits of bathing in nutrient-rich water, Sento 銭湯 (public bath) are local establishments mostly used for daily hygiene. Although Sento are less in the spotlight, they still are truly relaxing after a hard day of labor. Anyway, you can notice…
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3 Films About Cherry Blossoms You Cannot Miss This Hanami Season

Japan’s cherry blossom season is a spring of inspiration for film-makers around the world, who capture and interpret this beautiful time of the year in their own style and language. The essence of cherry blossoms is beautifully presented in these 3 films – a documentary on endurance and survival, an animated tale of fleeting joy…