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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…

Wander These 2 Areas With a Japanese Atmosphere Between Narita Airport and Tokyo

Taking a walk through areas with a traditional Japanese atmosphere will make for an unforgettable experience during your vacation. There are spots between Narita Airport and Ueno, Tokyo with a strong historic atmosphere and lots of local charm that you definitely can’t see in the big city. Come take a walk around town and see…

Want to Be as Stealthy as a Ninja? Check Out These Special Japanese Socks!

Have you ever thought about how a ninja could sneak into palaces without making any sound? Because of their stealthiness, many people are interested in trying ninja outfits. Did you know that there is a fashion trend sweeping Japan and the rest of the world right now that allows ninja outfits to be worn in…

Find Out About This Amazing ‘Floating Bonsai’ Created in Japan!

You are probably familiar with the cute Japanese art form called “bonsai,” but are you familiar with the so-called art project “Air Bonsai?” This project allows people to create their own ‘floating star’ by growing and nurturing it. It was made by a small company called “Hoshinchu” in Kyushu, Japan. It doesn’t only treasure the…

Enjoy Traditional Japanese Dance, Music, and a Parade at This Festival in Tokyo!

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s districts where you can see several major attractions and events. This coming September 23 and 24, 2017, a huge festival will be held in order to bring the community to a festive mood. It is a great opportunity for locals and tourists alike to see an “Omikoshi,” which is a…

Experience the Unique and Traditional Okunchi Festival in Kumamoto this October!

Japan is famous for its many traditional and inspiring festivals which take place all over the country throughout the year. One festival in particular, the Okunchi Festival, is held every October at the Aoi Aso Shrine (青井阿蘇神社) in Kumamoto. Come and visit this amazing national treasure and Kyushu tradition this Autumn from 3 to 11…

A New Traditional Japanese Starbucks is Opening in Kyoto

If there are special edition Japanese Starbucks menu items, there’s bound to be a special Starbucks store design that is traditionally Japanese as well right? Well, the plans are well on their way and a traditional Japanese Starbucks, Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tea House (京都二寧坂ヤサカ茶屋), will be opening on June 30, 2017. A Traditional-Style Starbucks Comes…