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35 Things to Do in Ryogoku, the Traditional Town of Sumo, in 2019

Ryogoku is a district most commonly associated with the popular Japanese sport of sumo. Sumo tournaments have taken place in the Ryogoku Kokugikan (sumo stadium) and sumo stables in the area for over a century and attract visitors from far and wide who come to get a glimpse of the giant wrestlers. The neighbourhood is…

This Stunning Dance and Drum Ensemble From Japan Will Leave You in Awe!

They say music is a universal language; it doesn’t only unite different culture and nationalities but also celebrates a form of self-expression that is respected by many regardless of gender, age, and beliefs. Japan is the home of several successful names in the music industry that managed to influence a significant number of people. Names…

Don’t Miss This Little-Known Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo This Spring!

There are many festivals all over Japan that are widely advertised and known to many people. These festivals are prepared weeks or even months in advance, talked and written about online and in newspapers, and are well known nationwide. Examples of famous festivals include the Gion Festival (祇園祭) in Kyoto, the Snow Festival (雪祭り) in…

Want to Lose Weight the Japanese Way? 4 Fun Ways to Get Fit in Japan

Japanese people are typically slimmer than any other nationalities around the world. Have you ever wondered why? It is primarily because both young and old have the tendency to cut the carbs in their diet. If you ever find yourself staying in Japan for quite a while, it would be best to stay fit the…

This Taiko Festival is a Must-See for Excitement, Music and Tradition All in One!

The temple at Narita-san is beautiful any time of year, but the beginning of spring is one of the best times to visit. Not only are the ume and sakura trees in blooms, but every year in April there is the nationally famous Narita Taiko Festival. Two days of performances, concerts, street food, and festivities;…

Catch One of These 3 Eventful Festivals at Mt. Yoshino in Nara

Mt. Yoshino (Yoshinoyama) is a mountain in Nara Prefecture that has been a subject in so many literary writings, and with good reasons: it is a gorgeous spot for cherry blossom viewing. It has also served as an important destination for religious purposes such as pilgrimages and the area continues to attract many foreign people.…

Get Merry at These 3 Amazing Festivals in Shikoku

Shikoku is the smallest of the 4 main islands in Japan and is located in the south-western part just below largest island Honshu. It is a very scenic island with beautiful vistas and plenty of interesting places to visit, and it is famous for its shrines and temples. Shikoku has four provinces or prefectures, namely…

6 Words About the Nebuta Festival That You Need To Know

Every year during the Nebuta Matsuri Festival a contest is held for the coveted Nebuta Grand Prize. According to the director of Sunroad Aomori, Kushibiki Junji who led his team to the title in 2011, the participants are not only judged on their festival floats, but also on the way the group breathes life into…

Step up to the Taiko beats!

History of Taiko There are many Japanese traditional drums. But only one has a long history to go with. Taiko is an ancient percussion instrument used extensively in Japanese folklore and has spread across the world as well. There are many sizes of Taiko and many styles of playing too. Albeit its deep cultural roots,…