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Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan with These 9 Awesome Festivals in the Tohoku Region

Summer in Japan is mostly about festivals. In Tohoku alone, more than 10 summer festivals are celebrated! Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Here are some of the best summer festivals in Tohoku that you should not miss. Quick! Jot down the details! 1. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai A float procession, portable shrines, and a tiger dance –…

The Complete Schedule of Kyoto’s Biggest Annual Festival, Gion Matsuri!

In Kyoto, the largest annual festival is Gion Matsuri, a summer festival held to ward off disease and disasters. If you weren’t aware, Gion Matsuri is actually celebrated throughout the entire month of July, with the main festivities taking place on the 17th. However, for those visiting Kyoto in July, there are still a number…

Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

Kappa: The Japanese “River Child” Monster

There are all sorts of monsters and ghosts mentioned in Japanese mythical stories which have always intrigued millions of people. They’re the Oni (鬼), which literally means demons, though it is more suitable to describe it as a demon; and also the Tengu (天狗), legendary creatures with the head and the wings of a bird.…

Check Out These 8 Local Cuisines to Try In Tohoku!

Tohoku is a vast area located in the north of Japan, right below Hokkaido. It is surrounded by mountains and sea areas, which is why it is known for its amazingly fresh and beautiful cuisine. If you are planning to visit the area of Tohoku, you will be impressed by the fresh ingredients, the variety…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

2 Japanese Companies That You’d Never Expect to Produce Skincare Products!

Japanese people are well known for their fair and near-perfect skin. This is mostly attributed to the Japanese dietary habits and quality skincare products. Tourists in particular love to flock to drug stores in Japan just to buy Japanese cosmetics and skincare products. Nowadays, more and more skincare products from Japan are making their name…