How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

Experience the Mysterious Wonders of Lotus Cuisine at Kyozen Usami Restaurant

In many Asian cultures and Buddhism, lotus (蓮 or ‘hasu’ in Japanese) has long been admired for its divine and pure beauty blooming out of impure muddy waters. Almost all parts of a lotus plant, ranging from its grains, seeds, to its petals, have a variety of uses in our daily lives; one of which…

5 Places You Can’t Miss in Beppu City

The archipelago of Japan consists of four main islands, besides hundreds of smaller ones. Beppu is located on Kyushu, the southernmost main island. The small city is famous for its onsen (hot springs), as there are 8 geothermal hot spots below the city there are many of them. Every year, mostly local and some international…

The Hell Tour: Experience Japanese Hot Springs in a New Way!

Beppu is one of the cities well-known for hot springs in Japan. They say that one must not visit that place without taking a dip into the natural onsen available almost everywhere from small establishments to hotels. But for the fainthearted who are afraid of stripping off their clothes, especially the foreigners, Kannawa offers an…

Experience Beppu Like-no-other! (in Oita Prefecture)

If you are in Beppu in the middle of summer season, under the heat, feeling confused as if hot springs are your only choice or not, look no further, because below are some better ways for you to enjoy your summer stay in Beppu!!! 1. Beppu Global Towers (Architecture) Beppu Global Tower is a precious…

Monkey Business: meet the inhabitants of Takasakiyama!

Did you know that there is a place in Japan which is inhabited not by humans but by monkeys? Yes, monkeys. In plural form. Not just two, not just three but more than a thousand of monkeys. miyamakirishima.blog70.fc2.com/ Finding the Location wikimapia.org/ Takasakiyama Shizen Doubutsuen 高崎山自然動物園(Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden) is located in Takasakiyama (Mount Takasaki),…

Wear a real Kimono in Kitsuki town, known as “Little Kyoto”

Do you want to try on a real Kimono? If your answer is “Yes”, then Kitsuki is a place for you! Recently, my friend and I spent a day there trying on Kimono for the first time ever, and we loved it! Where is it? Since it’s a small city, most of the foreigners, seem…

The Unique 3 Hot Spring Experiences in Oita Prefecture, Japan

There are many hot spring throughout Japan, which offers you a wonderful, relax time. However, in Oita prefecture, located on South of Japan(Kyushu region) and known for one of the best hot spring resort, there are a lot of hot springs that gives you special experience that maybe you do not experience other area in…