By Zane

5 Fun Places at the Odaiba Palette Town Mall

When traveling abroad, one of the most tempting thoughts is to see just what kind of fun and exciting goods you can purchase, and Japan is no exception to these urges. The striking logo of sakura petals for Japan’s Tax-Free Shop campaign are everywhere in Japan, encouraging visitors to spend, spend, and spend. The many…

The Future of Japan’s Arcades Are These Cards

While people are commonly told that Japan is a cash-based economy, this isn’t always true. In various spots around the country, IC cards are utilized for their convenience and value, such as taking the train to get places without needing to buy a ticket for the trip. The case is no different in Japan’s arcades,…

Japan Has a Mascot For Everything – Even Piracy

Everybody knows how large Japan’s entertainment industry is. From blockbuster video games to manga one-shots, you can find a wide range of genres and interests to enjoy in Japanese entertainment. Unfortunately, many of these products are prime targets for theft and piracy. Manga piracy is the most prominent, with entire chapters from popular magazines like…

Experience Japan’s Model Kit Culture at the Gundam Base!

If you’re at all familiar with Japanese pop culture, you probably have heard of or know about Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam, originally a television anime series which aired in 1979, has since grown into a massive franchise spanning various stories across anime, manga, films, and even an upcoming live-action film from Godzilla: King of the…

Explore the Beauty of Tokyo’s Hydrangea Festival

When summer comes to Japan, you can tell by the start of the rainy season and rising temperatures. But with more rain means the start of the blooming season for many flowers, and in Bunkyo city in Tokyo, the blooming season of hydrangea flowers is celebrated with the Hydrangea Festival, Ajisai Matsuri. This festival is…

Visit Historic Nagoya Castle!

When traveling through Japan, it’s a common method to take the Shinkansen train west of Tokyo and visit major cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima. One of the largest Japanese cities, Nagoya, lies between Kyoto and Tokyo. This historical city was once one of the most important cities in Japan, as it served as a waypoint…

Experience the World of Attack on Titan in This Thrilling VR Ride!

A growing attraction in theme parks around the world are VR rides that immerse the audience in an intense, visceral story. From diving into oceans to flying through space, virtual reality rides are using advancing technologies to let audiences experience more. VR is just as popular in Japan as you’ll find in the United States:…

Japan Media Arts Festival Showcases a Variety of Unique Artworks

Over the month of June 2019, the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival was held across various venues on Odaiba Island in Tokyo. The main venue for the show was at the Miraikan, a museum that hosts exhibits dealing with many aspects of natural history such as the past and humanity’s impact on the earth. From…

5 Tips for Spending Wisely at Arcades in Japan

When visiting Japan, especially in the big cities like Tokyo, you might be surprised to see so many arcades around. In East Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan, arcades still thrive thanks to continued patronage and diversifying their attractions? Have you heard of Round One? Their focus on sports has made them a…

Survive Japan’s Trains With This Guide

While Japan’s rail system is famed around the world for its scope and efficiency, it can be an intimidating thing to go through for someone new to Japan. Busy maps, crowded stations, and the ever-present Japanese language barrier can make it challenging for newcomers to efficiently travel on Japan’s many trains and subways. On top…