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BREAKING NEWS: The Olympics Have Been Postponed

It’s official, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be taking place in 2020. Still, the Olympics will be moved to summer 2021 at the latest. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo reached the decision on Tuesday. The unprecedented move comes as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic that has locked…

3 Delicious Sweets to Eat at Hinamatsuri – The Doll’s Festival on March 3rd

On March 3rd in Japan, people celebrate the Girls’ Festival, called “HINAMATSURI”(雛祭り). On the day, people traditionally celebrate girls’ growth mainly by displaying beautiful dolls in ancient costumes of the Heian era with peach flowers in each house, and eating cubic rice crackers (Hina-arare). However, there are some popular sweets for this festival which are…

Coronavirus: What Does the Tokyo Marathon’s Cancellation Mean For the Olympics?

On Monday night, it was announced that the Tokyo Marathon would be cancelled for General participants. Therefore, only about 200 elite runners would be allowed to participate in one of the world’s most important marathons. As for the 39,000 people who were set to run, they’ll be allowed to do so in 2021 as long…

Setsubun: The Holiday Where Japanese Pelt Demons with Soybeans

According to the Japanese Lunar Calendar, ‘Setsubun’ (literally ‘seasonal division’ in English) is the day before the arrival of spring, or the day that sits between winter and spring, dividing the two seasons. It is celebrated on February 3rd usually as a part of the Spring Festival (Haru Matsuri) across Japan at all shrines 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…

Are We Going to See Mammoths in Our Future?

An exhibit at the Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, here in Odaiba, Tokyo, is suggesting that mammoths may be brought back to life and become part of the world’s future. The mammoth exhibit is currently available until November 4th, 2019, and I would highly recommend you go before it closes! …
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Have a Bite of Sri Lankan Culture Through the 15th Edition of Sri Lanka Festival in Tokyo!

http://srilankafestival.jp/jp/gallery In Japan, you have numerous opportunities to discover other cultures with various festivals. Especially in Tokyo where some of them are almost held on a weekly basis. After the Caribbean festival in Shinjuku and the Taiwanese one in Ueno park, let me introduce to you the 15th edition of Sri Lanka Festival which will…

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…

hexaRide: An Incredible VR Experience Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

When people hear “VR,” or virtual reality, it doesn’t register much of a reaction. It’s something you might see advertised on TV or on a small poster in a department store. If you are like I was, it’s not something you would ever imagine yourself being interested in. In Japan, however, VR attractions are going…