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Subaru: Take a Ride in One of the Safest Vehicles on the Road

Perhaps one of the main reasons why there is a growing demand for Subaru cars all over the world is because the brand was able to build a reputation of building very safe vehicles. Just recently this 2015, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Impreza received the top rating of Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+) from the Japan…

Sample the Distinct Local Delicacies of Lake Towada, Aomori

A visit to Lake Towada won’t be complete without a taste of one delicacy that stands out above the rest—the freshly caught sockeye salmon locally known as himemasu. However, there are also other delicacies around the area that locals also recommend with so much pride such as barayaki and soba-mochi.   Towada Shokudo: The Best…

Nebuta Fever: The Origins of Aomori’s Most Thrilling Festival

When summer peaks into a boil in the northernmost prefecture of the Land of the Rising Sun in August it marks yet again the annual celebration of the Nebuta Matsuri festival on August 2-7. Millions of crowds gather every year to see the colorful floats parade on the street. But unlike many other famous festivals…

Behind the Scenes of Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori: All About the Nebuta Masters

The Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori Prefecture is probably one of the many festivals in Japan that is not associated with any religious ceremony or temple; and the brain behind the creation of each float—the nebuta-shi—is responsible in overseeing the production of the festival floats from the beginning to the end. He comes up with the…

Try These Delicious Michelin-Worthy Takoyaki Balls at Aizuya!

While Michelin stars are commonly awarded to world-renowned fine dining restaurants and hotels, the recently released 2016 Michelin Guide contains several restaurants in Japan that feature B-Gourmet or B-class foods. One of the many B-class restaurants featured by Michelin for their 2016 guide is Aizuya—a restaurant that specializes in takoyaki in the Kansai region. Aizuya:…

Narita Layover Tour: Perfect Way to Utilize Your Transit and Get a Taste of Japan!

Layovers can be such a huge burden for travelers. For one, no passenger is usually willing to wait for long hours for a transit flight at an airport. However, Narita International Airport in Japan is determined to turn this unwelcomed burden into a memorable part of the trip. Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program For…

3 Must-Try Starbucks Frappuccino Flavors Exclusive to Japan and the Asia Pacific

Although Starbucks consistently offers a core menu around the globe, there are other flavors that are only unique to the taste of Japan and the Asia Pacific. Since Japan and its neighboring countries are famous for their love affair with tea, it is most likely to find tea-based frappuccinos in these Starbucks outlets. However, there…

Visit the Enchanting World Heritage Shirakawa-Village this Winter!

The prefecture of Gifu in central Honshu offers a lot of enchanting places that one must include in his or her itinerary when planning to visit Japan. One of the must-visit places in Gifu is the village of Shirakawa. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go is indeed beautiful in all seasons. Although,…

Try Delicious Freshly-Made Conveyor Belt Sushi at Nara’s Daiki Suisan

Nara is Japan’s oldest capital city, and while most people visit this site for its museums and historic sites, most visitors miss out sampling the foods that this place has to offer. Nara also offers B-gourmet sushi such as the conveyor belt sushi at Daiki Suisan that is almost at par to the quality of…

Watch These 2 Great Dystopia-Themed Japanese Movies

Manga and anime are some of Japan’s staple supplies of entertainment and they cover various genres, where there is always one that you can easily relate to. From romance to horror to dystopian-themed action genres, the country’s manga and anime industry has got everything covered. During the year 2015 alone Japan has released about 100…