2016 December

21 Things to Do in Fukui, One of Japan’s Underrated Prefectures

When tourists think of visiting Japan, more often than not, the first places that come to their minds would be Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka. Sometimes, however, others prefer not to visit the mainstream tourist spots in the country. Japan has 47 prefectures, all of which offer an abundance of tourist spots, some visited more than…

Make Your Own Realistic Food Replica in the Fake Food Capital of Japan

Almost every city in Japan has a dish or specialty they can boast about. Gujo (郡上), however, is famous not for its cuisine but for its food replicas. If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant, you will have seen the plastic foods displayed at the entrance. These models are quite convenient for restaurant owners…

Experience Being a Ninja for a Day at Chibikko Ninja Village in Nagano!

Ever dreamed of fulfilling your Hokage fantasies and finally becoming a Naruto in the making? If yes, then now is your chance! In a small village in northern Nagano (長野) Prefecture, stands a unique theme park that will satisfy your ninja yearnings in a very fun and playful way! Chibikko Ninja Village (Kids’ Ninja Village-チビッ子忍者村),…

Discover 7 Healthy Foods That Contribute to Okinawa’s Longevity!

At the mention of Okinawa (沖縄), the sun, sandy beaches, the beautiful underwater world, warm weather, and a relaxed atmosphere usually come to mind. But did you know that Okinawa is famous for the longevity of its elderly people? It’s been said that the relatively stress-free lifestyle there and the people’s diet consisting of various…

All About Okinawan Fashion, Where to Buy Them, and New Fashion Trends

Okinawa (沖縄) is the southernmost part of Japan. Its temperature is hotter than any place in the country. Though people’s fashion here is quite different from the capital city, it still can be considered as one of the sites to bag a spot in high fashion. The country’s 127-million population even makes fashion more interesting.…

Take a Look at Japanese Director Shunji Iwai’s Journey to Growth

One of the well-known Japanese directors who continued to move forward in the third decade of his career is director Shunji Iwai (岩井俊二). He is a rare director who showcases fablelike tales with his distinctive visual style. His masterpiece, Love Letter, became a box office hit and still continues to inspire both Asian and international…

4 of the Most Impressive 2016-2017 Winter Illuminations in Japan

Winter is already here and the best way to celebrate it is, of course, to decorate all the city streets with colorful bright lights to express the joy of the season. While all countries do their best to impress their citizens with the blindingly bright decorations, there is something about the holiday season in Japan…

Take Your Secrets to the Grave With This New Innovation From Japan

In this digital age where we depend a lot on our electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, have you ever wondered what would happen to the information and data stored within them in the event of your death? Although death is something that will come to all of us at one point in…

Show Your Otaku Devotion Everywhere You Go With The “Ita-Bag” Trend

Over the years, we have seen otakus all over the world express their love for their hobbies. Otakus have always been creative in thinking of ways to showcase their devotion to their favorite character/s or series. From “itasha,” “ita-nails,” and “itabeya” – name it, they have done it. Recently, a new trend is becoming increasingly…

Hungry but on a Budget? Here Are 5 Affordable Restaurants in Tokyo

There are a lot of activities usually done by tourists during their visit to foreign cities such as sightseeing, shopping, and most importantly, eating. Yes, eating. Tasting the food when you are visiting foreign cities is a must thing to do and Tokyo (東京) is not an exception. Various kinds of cuisines exist throughout the…