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Spa world! Relaxing escape in the middle of Osaka

In Japan onsen, or hot springs are hugely popular as a way to relax and unwind but usually you have to go out of the city to find a good place to soak. In Osaka, however, there is a place where you can experience different styles of hot springs inspired by locations all around the…

Cosplay fun in Osaka! Nipponbashi Street Festival

One of the things Japan is hugely famous for around the world is its love of Cosplay! For anyone unfamiliar with cosplay it comes from the words “costume” and “play” and involves dressing up and acting like your favourite characters from manga, anime, movies or video games. Lots of us have had a go at…

Delirious Naked Mud Festival in Yotsukaido, Chiba

Every February in a small town in a Chiba called Yotsukaido there is a great festival known as the Warabi Hadaka matsuri- also known as the naked festival. The festival is held to bring good luck and protection to the towns babies.   Author’s photo The festival starts with a procession of mostly naked men,…

Yabusame Lesson: Learn to ride and shoot like a samurai!

If you want to try a different and exciting cultural experience in Japan then why not spend a day learning to shoot a bow from horseback just like a samurai? You can do this by taking a Yabusame lesson!     Yabusame is a traditional form of mounted archery where competitors shoot arrows at three…

Swim with wild Dolphins in Japan, Once in a Lifetime Experience!

Have you ever wanted to try swimming with dolphins? If you take a trip out to Miyakejima with Dolphin Club you can! Not just with captive dolphins in a swimming pool, but out in the sea with wild dolphins!   Mr. Taguchi who runs Dolphin Club was there to meet us as we got off…

Osaka’s most dangerous festival: Kishiwada Danjiri

If you enjoy your festivals with an element of danger to them then you should try going to the Kishiwada Danjiri festival in September, known as one the most dangerous festivals in Japan! What is the Danjiri festival?   logsoku.com/ Danjiri festivals are always spectacular as teams of dozens of men laboriously pull huge, wooden…

Kasagake in Kyoto – Samurai Mounted Archery Festival

Every year in September at Kyoto’s Kamigamo shrine you can see the Kasagake festival. It’s a rare chance to see some this form of traditional Japanese mounted archery practised by the samurai which dates back some 800 years.   wikipedia.org/ The festival starts at 1pm but it’s best to arrive a little early if you…

Kyoto Nightlife: Gay Bars and Events

Japan is becoming increasingly open-minded about the LGBT community and is arguably very progressive compared to other Asian countries, although gay couples still cannot legally marry. In Tokyo, there is an openly gay street, 2-Chome in Shinjuku with various gay bars. There are also parades, such as the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride, that are easily…

Kyoto Nightlife: Top 10 Recommended Bars

While the nearby city of Osaka might be more famous for its nightlife than the old capital of Kyoto there’s plenty of bars and drinking spots to be found, especially in the areas around Kawaramachi and Sanjo stations. In the beginning of the series, let’s look at 3 which are all easy to get to…

Build your Own Robot friend in Japan!

Ever wanted your own personal robot companion? Well in Japan you can build your own! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Emese Balogh (@emi.balogh) on Jan 21, 2019 at 1:50pm PST Robi was created by Tomotaka Takahashi and by collecting the parts and following the instructions in the Weekly Robi magazine you…