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More to Salt and Tanuki Statue Traditions Than Meets the Eye!

If you look carefully as you’re walking around Japan, you’ll notice small plates or dishes of salt outside a lot of homes and businesses. If you ask around you’ll get a few different explanations for the reasoning behind people leaving these out. The most common explanation I’ve been given is that the salt is there…

A Taste of Japan – Green Tea Flavoured Snacks and Drinks

While I’ve been living in Japan for the last three years, one of the tastes I’ve become incredibly fond of is Matcha, or green tea powder. While I do enjoy the tea itself, it’s the wide variety of other matcha flavoured foods and drinks that I really enjoy! Sweets! View this post on Instagram A…

Gion Matsuri, Kyoto’s Biggest and Most Lively Festival!

Every year in July the area around Shijo Karasuma in Kyoto is filled to the seams, bursting with people who’ve come to see the famous Gion matsuri, one of the biggest festivals in Japan. There are lots of events happening throughout the month but the main part of Gion matsuri revolves around Shijo street and…

Start your Martial Arts Training in Kyoto

One of the things a lot of foreigners who visit Japan want to experience is training in one of Japan’s famous, traditional martial arts clubs. Finding a club to join can be difficult however as there is often a closely knit community which is difficult to break into, then to make things more difficult, a…

Hiroshima Peace Park – Remembering The Importance of Peace

Everyone in the world knows the name of Hiroshima city because of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city in August of 1945. Nowadays the city has recovered from the devastation and is a great, modern city, but there is a number of monuments and museums to make sure nobody forgets what happened…

Try Traditional Japanese Roketsu Dyeing in Kyoto

If you’re looking for a really unique souvenir of your time on Japan or maybe a gift for someone back home, why not try your hand at Roketsu dyeing? Roketsu is a traditional Japanese method of dyeing fabric using wax and an indigo coloured dye. It is specifically done in Kyoto so you can try…

Experience a Magical Midsummer Night’s Dream at Kyoto’s Star Festival

Tanabata, the Star Festival, is an annual event held all over Japan on July 7th. The story of the festival says that there are two lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, both stars, who are separated by the milky way and can only meet once a year on that day. During the festival people put up Bamboo…

Kagura, A Night of Dancing with Demons and Dragons

In Japan there are a number of traditional styles of theatre. Kabuki and Noh are the most famous and you may know of them.   Author’s photo However there is another traditional performance art which is often unknown outside of Japan but is definitely worth checking out if you ever get the chance, and that…

The Incredible Ninja Restaurant and Labyrinth, Kyoto

When you think of Japan almost everybody thinks of ninjas, but what about when you think about Japanese dining? In Kyoto, the two go hand in hand at the famous “Ninja restaurant”. Located near Kawaramachi station on the Hankyu line, it’s within easy reach of downtown Kyoto so it’s a perfect spot to start a…