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Join This Japanese Festival That Started as a Dream in Aichi Prefecture!

Whenever we sleep, we usually have a dream or two, perhaps even more. Sometimes we remember them, sometimes we don’t. If you do remember your dreams, what do you think they mean? In Japan, what started as a dream became a treasured tradition. Let’s find out more about the Miya Festival! History Miya Festival is…

Laugh your Heart Out at This Laughter Festival in Wakayama in October 2017!

They say laughter is the best medicine. In every country in the world, laughter and comedy are celebrated in different ways, and Japan is no exception. In Japan, people say that laughter is so powerful that it can cheer up the gods! The Warai Festival, held in the town of Hidakagawa in Wakayama Prefecture, is…

Catch the Live-Action Adaptation of a Popular Anime in Cinemas this November 2017

“Watashi, ki ni narimasu!” Are you familiar with this catchphrase? Hyouka fans will not want to miss the live-action film adaptation coming to Japanese cinemas in November 2017! Hyouka Hyouka, published in 2001, is the first of a mystery novel series penned by Honobu Yonezawa. It was adapted as a 22-episode animated series by Kyoto…

Experience the Unique and Traditional Okunchi Festival in Kumamoto this October!

Japan is famous for its many traditional and inspiring festivals which take place all over the country throughout the year. One festival in particular, the Okunchi Festival, is held every October at the Aoi Aso Shrine (青井阿蘇神社) in Kumamoto. Come and visit this amazing national treasure and Kyushu tradition this Autumn from 3 to 11…

Challenge Yourself at the Kyoto Marathon in February 2018!

Do you like running and joining marathons and competitions? Are you looking for somewhere in Japan to test your strength and endurance? Discover the charms of the city of international culture and tourism in this one-of-a-kind event. Take in the stunning Kyoto landscape as you run at the Kyoto Marathon 2018! Kyoto has been the…

Don’t Miss the Stage Adaptation of This Popular Anime in Japan!

“I met the girl under full-bloomed cherry blossoms and my fate began to change.” Relive a story of love and music. See award-winning manga Your Lie in April, performed as a stage play in Tokyo and Osaka! Your Lie in April is a very popular anime comic in Japan and has now been transformed into…

Take a Ride on This Sightseeing Ship and See Great Views of Japan’s Lake Biwa

Brave the waters aboard the newest sightseeing ship in the Kansai region – Naomasa! Sightseeing ship Naomasa started its operations in March 2017. Managed by Ohmi Marine, the ship embarks on the Chikubu Island Cruise which takes its passengers to Chikubu Island. This island is located in the northern part of Lake Biwa and is…

Are You a Yuri!!! on Ice Fan? Check Out This New Collaboration Event in Kyushu!

Yuri!!! on Ice is an animated series produced by MAPPA that aired from October to December 2016. With a total of twelve episodes, the series is primarily about figure skating as a sport and focuses on the story of Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki. Since its airing, the series has grown in popularity. The support…

Light Up Your Summer Nights at This Lantern Festival in Kumamoto, Japan!

In Kumamoto, there are three great fire festivals celebrated in the month of August. One of which is the festival that brings light to a dark night called the Yamaga Lantern Festival. Let’s find out more about it! Yamaga Lantern Festival The Yamaga Lantern Festival, also known as the Yamaga Toro Festival (山鹿灯篭まつり), is held…

Expand Your Tasting Horizons and Taste the 8 Rare Delicacies of Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa is home to 595 animal species and 491 plant species and a good share of them are native to the lake. Some of these endemic species have been named as part of the eight delicacies that represent the unique tastes of the area. Have a taste of the eight rare delicacies of Lake…