By gaijinchris

Meet Japan’s One and Only Robot Celebrity: Matsuko-roid!

Japan is famous across the globe for its robots. When people imagine Japan they picture the giant robots from Gundam and Evangelion fighting or cutesy robots doing everything for you or recently even hotels completely staffed by robots who’ll look after your every need from checking in to room service. Now however there is a…

Mount Rokko Snow Park: Fun in the Snow!

In Japan when winter comes around lots of people enjoy heading to the slopes around Japan for a spot of skiing or snowboarding. There are famous ski resorts all over the country in mountainous areas such as Hokkaido, Nagano and Shiga where experienced skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes in spectacular surroundings. If you…

’Tis the Season to be Jolly: What to Expect at Christmas in Japan

All around the world one of the largest and most popular holidays in numerous countries is, of course, Christmas! But what is the festive season like when you are in Japan? Most of Japan’s population aren’t Christian so unlike countries such as England or the United States, Christmas isn’t a national holiday. Therefore, for a…

The Hills are on Fire! Kyoto’s Daimonji Festival

There are lots of summer festivals and events all around Japan, and in Kyoto especially with Kyo no Tanabata, the fireworks in nearby Otsu city and, of course, the Bon Odori just like in the rest of Japan. There is one festival however, that is unique to Kyoto and happens every August, and it’s known…

Japanese Fast Food, Not Junk Food

In most countries when you think of fast food you would usually think of foods such as hamburgers, pizzas or fried chicken and while you can of course find all of these in Japan, they are not the only fast food options available on the high street! Japan has lots of its own fast food…

Escape from the City for a Day: Go to Mount Nokogiri

If you are looking to escape the more crowded tourist areas while you are in Japan, why not take a trip to Mount Nokogiri in Kyonan, located on the Boso peninsula south of Tokyo? The Station It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but it’s definitely worth it. When you get off the…

Kobe Luminarie’s Wondrous Winter Lightshow

In Kobe, each year in December as the festive season approaches millions of people flock to the city to see the annual Luminarie festival. It’s a huge illuminated event that has been held in the city centre every year after the big earthquake that struck the city in 1995. The Luminarie is very easy to…

Football Lovers Check Out a Live Kyoto Sanga Game!

Even though baseball is considered the national sport of Japan, football (or soccer) is also very popular. Surprisingly, most Japanese football supporters, usually follow a team from abroad in the big leagues, such as the Premier league in the United Kingdom or La Liga in Spain. As well as supporting teams from abroad, the way…

What’s Saturday Night TV like in Japan?

All around the world, everyone knows that the best television is usually reserved for Saturday nights, but what do Saturday night television shows look like in Japan? Here’s a look at the recent prime time line up on one TV channel – NTV. Dokonjo Gaeru – (Gutsy Frog!) Dokonjo Gaeru is a comedy-drama about a…

Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Tour and Tasting!

When most people think of whiskey (or whisky, depending where it’s from, of course!) they tend to think of Ireland and Scotland but for quite some years now Japan has been becoming more and more well known for producing some of the best whiskey around. Yamazaki Distillery tour   One of the biggest producers of…