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Koi Nobori: 3 Places in Kanto to see Flying Carp, the Symbol of Children’s Day in Japan

Koinobori (鯉のぼり) is a set of carp-shaped banners that float and flap in the air for the Children’s Day celebrations from April to May. There is something strangely fascinating about koinobori on a beautiful sunny day. Koinobori display various colors, designs, and sizes which stream freely and strongly in the wind, which always touches my…

Join These 2 Interesting Spring Events in Kyoto and Nara This April 2019!

Spring has already started in Japan. It is probably one of the well-loved seasons in the country for most areas are not only blanketed by pink flowers but there are also many traditional celebrations. These events are pretty exciting and lively with fun performances, sakura-flavored snacks, and enjoyable booths. If you happen to be in…
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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…
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10 Wonderfully Weird Japanese Festivals to Look Forward in 2019

Because normal festivals are overrated; because life is too short to be doing the same old stuff. Fortunately, Japan’s inventive and unique culture simply knows no bounds! Japanese people find reasons to celebrate the things that are usually taken for granted in Western societies with festivals, or more commonly known as “matsuri.” Since hanami season…
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Feeling Lucky? Don`t miss these 5 New Year “Lucky Bags” in Japan This 2019

If you have been to Japan during the oshogatsu (お正月) i.e. Japanese New Year before, you probably have seen many people queuing outside department stores and shops to buy fukubukuros (福袋) i.e. fortune bags. If you have not witnessed this phenomenon personally, you might have seen footage of the frenzy caused by eager shoppers who…

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan with These 9 Awesome Festivals in the Tohoku Region

Summer in Japan is mostly about festivals. In Tohoku alone, more than 10 summer festivals are celebrated! Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Here are some of the best summer festivals in Tohoku that you should not miss. Quick! Jot down the details! 1. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai A float procession, portable shrines, and a tiger dance –…

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan With These 3 Gorgeous Fireworks Festivals

Summer is the season of festivals in Japan. This hot and humid season brings floating shrines, street food, shaved ice, and yukatas. Summer is also the time for spectacular fireworks displays, and festivals crop up all over the country showcasing big, beautiful performances. This season in Japan isn’t complete without enjoying a fireworks show while…

Treat Your Sweet Tooth to These 2 Dessert Buffets in Japan This Golden Week 2018!

Looking for somewhere to go and something to do this Golden Week 2018? How does treating your palate and sweet tooth to delectable desserts during the long vacation sound? If that is something that interests you, check out the sweets buffet at these two hotels in Japan! 1. Hotel New Otani Makuhari SWEETS COLLECTION 2018…

This Japanese Taxi Firm is Looking for Bilingual Sightseeing Taxi Drivers!

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is expected to attract many overseas visitors to the country. This means that there is a growing need for transportation such as taxis. In line with this, Hinomaru Kotsu Co. Ltd. has started an exciting initiative to hire foreign drivers to work in their taxi industry. It will also support…