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Learn About a Sad Part of History at This Little-Known Museum in Nagasaki

It was during the Obon festival (one of the only decent-length holidays we get all year) when a freak storm cancelled our boat across to Tomioka (and therefore, also our booking at a luxury hotel). Checking into a cheap hostel, we thought our perfect summer break had been cancelled. However, always determined to look on…

All About Obon From Traditional Customs to Exciting Festivals All Over Japan

How much do you know about Japan’s Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you’ll definitely learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you are in…

Learn About ’Mizuhiki’ and Why They Are Used to Decorate Japanese Gifts

Have you ever seen Japanese traditional ribbons before? These are called “mizuhiki” in Japanese. It is a form of art which uses special cords which are twisted to form various kinds of objects and shapes. These are commonly used for decorating celebratory gift envelopes. Let’s find out how it has been shaped over the years.…

Stroll Through the Beautiful Nature of the Edo Era at Tokugawa-en in Nagoya!

Tokugawaen or Tokugawa Garden is a Japanese garden highlighted with a beautiful pond at the center. It is characterized by an amazing view clearly representing the style of major daimyo gardens of the Edo Period. It is a greenery paradise which people can enjoy in a place filled with beautiful flowers of different seasons. It…

Todaiji Temple and The Big Buddha: Learn About the Most Famous Statue in Nara

Nara park is a large open space with temples, museums and gardens enough to keep most tourists entertained for several days, especially if you work in a few rounds of feeding the deer. But the biggest attraction of the park is the Todaiji Temple – a complex of several buildings, the most famous of which…

Experience the Life of the Edo-Era Japanese at Fukagawa Edo Museum!

If you want to go back to the old times of the Edo period, you’ll probably be directed to the fancy and well-publicized Edo-Tokyo Museum. But do you know that a small yet charming museum called Fukagawa Edo Museum which features exhibits on the Edo era can be located in a non-touristy neighborhood? Though it’s…

Step into the Stone Age and Explore the Glacial Period in Tomizawa!

The Glacial Period (20,000 years ago) was a time when ice-cold temperatures were at its time of advancement. With the vast ice sheets and freezing temperatures, it was hard to survive for Paleolithic people (people of the Stone Age). However, a great discovery was made when the camping site for the people of the early…