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What to Buy in Tokushima in 2019: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

What to Buy in Mie in 2019: 10 Souvenirs From the Sacred Land of Japan

Mie Prefecture was propelled to prominence on the global stage when it hosted the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima in May of 2016. And why would the G7 leaders not want to gather in Mie? Aside from being home to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Mie Prefecture is also a delightful place where you…

Be Dazzled by Mokomichi Hayami, the Hunky Actor Who Cooks!

With promising young talents like Yamazaki Kento (山崎賢人) and Fukushi Sota (福士蒼汰) heating up your screen these days, you may not be able to conjure up the image of Mokomichi Hayami (速水もこみち) readily in your mind, even if you have heard his name before. But what if I told you that he was the hunky…

What to Buy in Kanazawa in 2018: 7 Souvenirs From the Marsh of Gold

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa, straddles comfortably and confidently between history and modernity. Case in point: the Higashi Chaya District, a row of traditional tea houses whose interiors are stylish souvenir shops. Or take for instance the Kanazawa Noh Museum which utilizes interactive visuals and ancient masks that have been passed down for generations…

What to Buy in Okayama in 2018: 7 Souvenirs From the Land of Sunshine

Okayama is prominent on the travel radar of Japanese natives and foreigners alike for many reasons: it is blessed with abundant sunshine, thus making it a great environment for the growing of fruits; it is home to Japan’s best-loved folk tale character, Momotaro; and it is the birthplace of both the washi masking tape and…

What You Need to Know About “Oyako Day” (Parent-And-Child Day)

Foodies who love Japanese cuisine will definitely have heard of the “oyako don” (chicken and egg rice bowl) before. As can be deduced from its ingredients – chicken and eggs – “oyako” is a Japanese phrase that literally means “parent and child,” hence the name for this dish. But have you come across the term…

The 10 Best Things to Do in Naoshima If You’re Not an Art Fan

Naoshima is a tiny island in the Seto Island Sea that is a ferry ride away from Kagawa Prefecture. Nonetheless, plenty of locals and foreigners alike flock to it every year, eager to soak in the artistic ambiance evoked by the many art museums dotted all over the island. What’s more, visitor arrivals are expected…