By ackermann

Hatsumode: The First Shrine Visit of the New Year

Japanese New Year holidays usually start from December 29 and go until January 3, but depending on the year and one’s job it can start as early ad December 27th and go until January 8th. During this time, people are busy cleaning their houses in the osoji ritual before New Year, making or buying osechi…

4 Ways to Spend the Christmas Season in 2019 in Japan

Just like other countries in the world, Japan celebrates Christmas in a fun and festive way. Though the holiday is quite new, not traditionally Japanese, and it is not based on any religious reasons, it is still celebrated with a lot of excitement. Everyone being in a festive mood, and a lot of businesses catering…

5 Lesser-Known but Cool Cafes in Tokyo you Must Visit

Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off,…

From Cute to Scary: 3 Common Animals in Japanese Wildlife

Japan, as a country, is not only made of big crowded cities but is also a home to abundant nature covered with mountains and trees. As these places are not a favorable environment for living, most people live on coastal plains. Most of these places are left untouched by humans making it a suitable place…
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3 Culinary Delights to Try in the Old Capital Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…

New Standardized Symbols To Help Foreigners Understand Toilets In Time For The Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in Japan are generally more elaborate…

Traveling to Aomori? Here Are 3 Apple-Based Souvenirs That You Should Buy in 2019

Aomori is popular for ferry boats as it is considered a port town at the northernmost part of Honshu. It is also known for Nebuta Matsuri, one of the largest Japanese festivals held in summer. The place is perfect if you’d like to indulge in abundant nature and ancient atmosphere. Besides scenic landscapes, it also…

The Reenactment of the Battle of Sekigahara

Before the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate(江戸幕府), a six-hour battle took place on October 21, 1600. This was called the ‘Battle of Sekigahara'(関ヶ原の戦い), a savage conflict which changed the course of Japanese history forever. A simulation of this war can be seen in the quiet farming village of Sekigahara. The momentous event is recreated in…

Do You Know Who Is Behind the Train Melodies You Hear at Japanese Train Stations?

If you’ve ever been to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, you’ll notice the melody being played when trains are about to arrive and depart from stations. They are called train departure melodies or “hassha merodii” in Japanese. These jingles that whisk commuters on their way were actually made by Japanese composer Minoru Mukaiya, who…