2018 January

Have Some Winter Fun at the Newest Ski Resort in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan!

Enjoy the snow and the great outdoors by skiing at the newest ski resort in Japan this winter! There are currently 16 ski resorts in Hyogo Prefecture. After 14 years, the newest ski resort opened in December 2017 in the town of Kamikawa in the Kanzaki District – the Mineyama Kogen Resort White Peak! Check…

Get to Know This Japanese Math Rock Band and Catch Their Performance in Otsu!

Japanese rock music is highly innovative and its constant stream of popular musicians touring the United States and Europe proves this. One refreshing band to enter the rock scene recently is called “tricot.” This super creative band has released their third studio-length album which is entitled “3.” They will be performing in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture…

What’s Popular in Japan? Here Are the Top 3 Hit Products of 2017!

It’s that time of the year again when Nikkei Trendy releases a top 30 ranking of the hit products in Japan for the year, i.e. between October of the previous year and September of the current year, based on three aspects: sales, novelty, and influence. This ranking is a good indicator of what’s hot in…

What to Buy in Fukushima in 2019: 10 Local Sweets Perfect for Souvenirs

Fukushima Prefecture has a lot of popular food souvenirs such as cake, manju, pie, etc. Here are 10 delicious treats that you should buy and bring back home when you visit Fukushima! 1. mamador (ままどおる) mamador is a mini cake that is a classic souvenir from Fukushima. It tastes like milk and butter and has…

5 Great Things to Do in The Stunning City of Nanjo, Okinawa in 2019!

Unlike the rest of Japan, Okinawa has different seasonal temperatures, with winter being blissfully cool on bright sunny days. Its weather makes it ideal to visit the island all year round. But why not avoid the more touristy spots and get down to a hidden gem of an area not too far from Naha Airport?…

What to Buy in Mie in 2019: 10 Souvenirs From the Sacred Land of Japan

Mie Prefecture was propelled to prominence on the global stage when it hosted the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima in May of 2016. And why would the G7 leaders not want to gather in Mie? Aside from being home to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Mie Prefecture is also a delightful place where you…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2019

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…
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