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Celebrate the Coming of Spring With These 2 Cherry Blossom Festivals in Tokyo!

Cherry blossom season is the favorite of many people in Japan whether they are locals or tourists. Winter fades away and thousands of trees across the country bloom with gorgeous pink flowers. Some say that this is the time of year when the gods descend to earth, making these delicate flowers bloom for just a…

Get Your Otaku Game On in 2018 With the Biggest Anime Event in Japan!

Almost everyone will have surely heard of the word “anime.” Named after the English word for “animation,” anime is a style of Japanese cartoon, typically with characters having brightly colored hair, extravagant costumes, and large eyes. Anime shows have taken the world by storm for over a century (2018 is the 101st anniversary of the…

Gamers, Assemble! The Biggest Gaming Event of 2018 Is Coming to Chiba, Japan!

Think of your favorite video game. Who is your favorite character? Maybe it’s the brave Link from The Legend of Zelda games, Cloud from the widely known Final Fantasy VII, or the famous, star-collecting Italian plumber, Mario. Chances are that you’ve at least heard of a game character who’s from Japan! Although the United States,…

Do You Know These 6 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Winter?

Winter is here in Japan, bringing dry air, clear skies, and huge snowfall in northern prefectures such as Aomori, Hokkaido, and Iwate. There are a lot of great things about winter in Japan, such as hot and delicious drinks, seasonal food such as hot pot, and winter illuminations. Here are some useful words that will…

6 Must-Try Japanese Sweets and Candies!

Japan is known for its unique culture, continuing traditions such as festivals, spiritual beliefs and cuisine as well as advancing to be one of the world’s leading economies. Japan attracted almost 20 million tourists in 2016, who visited to sample the Japanese way of life, which remains culturally unique and fascinating for foreigners. Japanese food…

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Name Correctly in Japanese

Japanese is a language that looks beautiful when written down. Calligraphy is a popular art celebrating the beauty of the Chinese-originating characters, kanji. Written Japanese is an art form itself, and it’s fun to be able to write characters and words you know. This article gives a complete guide to writing your own name in…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears…

Celebrate Japan’s Bean-Throwing Tradition by Joining These 2 Events in February

Japan has many celebrations and traditions that are relatively unknown by those outside the country. New Year is celebrated differently to the West, and in February, there is an old tradition that is still enjoyed by families, groups of friends, and even co-workers to this day. February is a busy month for events in Japan.…

Have You Tried Delicious Baked Goods From This Bakery Found All Over Japan?

Thanks to the importing of Western culture and cuisine, bakeries selling sweets, bread, cookies, and other baked goods are abundant and popular all over Japan. It isn’t unusual to find at least one small bakery, whether chain or local, whenever you arrive at a new town or city. You’ll often find bakeries in hotels, as…