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Experience the Nebuta Festival at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum, Aomori

Rasse, rasse, rasse ra! That’s what you hear when the street performers of Aomori are inviting everyone to join the Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta festival) every August. But, for people who cannot afford to take part in the festivities, there’s still a chance to experience the Nebuta Matsuri throughout the year at the Nebutaya Wa Rasse…

Get a Taste of Aomori at These 3 Restaurants

The Prefecture of Aomori is defined not only by the beauty of its landscapes and mountains that give anyone who visits the area a sense of tranquility, but also by its colorful festivals and unique flavors. Just about 3.5 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train), visitors of this northern province have a chance to…

Want to Go Hiking in Aomori? Follow the Trail of the Oirase River!

Just a two-hour car drive away from Aomori City, and you’re on your way to a relaxing getaway in the upstream region of the Oirase River. Past the farmland are green thickets of forest that protects the river from bank erosion. The Oirase River channels the water of Lake Towada into the Pacific Ocean, and…

The Most Popular TV Series with Matsumoto Jun

It is no surprise why every J-Pop fan loves Jun Matsumoto (松本潤) — he is dashingly handsome, and is such a talented actor. Although J-Dramas are probably not as popular as Korean and Taiwanese drama series in the Philippines and other Asian countries these days, there is no denying that Jun Matsumoto or “Matsu Jun”…

Starbucks’ Secret Menu in Japan: 4 Delicious Recipes

With the introduction of Starbucks in Japan in 1996, it is truly undeniable how this coffee chain has made its mark in the country with over thousands of outlets nationwide. But, aside from the core menu that Starbucks offers worldwide, there some secret recipes that you can order in any Starbucks chain in Japan that…

Astro Boy: the Japanese Anime Classic You Shouldn’t Miss

Originally created and written by Tezuka Osamu from 1952-1968, Tetsuwan Atomu (Mighty Atom) popularly known as Astro Boy, was adapted into anime television series and was first broadcasted by Fuji Television for 30 minutes on New Year’s Day of 1963. As the show started to have a surprisingly huge following, this marked a new era…

This Goldfish is Edible! Find Out All About this Traditional Japanese Candy

Art resonates in all the aspects of Japanese culture, even in the simplest forms such as desserts and candies. Even though candies are meant to be eaten, sometimes you can’t help but feel guilty once your taste buds touch this masterfully crafted Japanese candy called amezaiku. Origins of Amezaiku It is believed that the traditional…

Tips On Washing and Storing Japanese Rice To Ensure Best Flavor

According to rice guru Nishijima Toyozo, the cultivated rice grains in Japan today are very different from those in the old days. Unlike in the old days, when rice could be stored at room temperature, rice grains today require a more delicate care when it comes to storing. Although people think that washing rice does…

Burger King Challenges McDonalds: The Big King Project Japan

There’s no doubt that McDonald’s is one of the biggest fast food hamburger chains worldwide and its popularity has reached the shores of Japan long ago as the country began to embrace the Western culture. As Japan keeps opening up to the fast food culture of the West, more hamburger fast food chain franchises are…

Choose The Best Japanese Rice With These Pro–Tips from a Local Farmer

In the land of sushi, rice is the name of the game. The Japanese palate has been known to be very particular about rice since cultivating the highest quality of rice in all of the world has long been Japan’s pride. Here is a list of the recommended rice brands and some tips on choosing…