Nagoya, the Arts, and… Transit!

Nagoya, the quiet, unassuming city between Tokyo and Osaka, has been experiencing somewhat of a boom in recent years when it comes to the...

Ancient Japanese Robots from Nagoya

Yes, Japan has a strong association with robots, whether its through Manga and Anime, or in real-life like Toyota's Asimo.  But did you know...
Visiting Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto

Visiting Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto

If Tokyo is Japan's mecca of everything "omoshiroii", then Kyoto surely is the mecca of everything historical, and thus its cultural heart. Strewn with...
Plume Cloud forming over Mt. Fuji

Mountain Day in Japan

Today marks the first official “Mountain Day”, a new public holiday in Japan, to celebrate and give reverence to….you guessed it…. mountains! This is...

World Cosplay Summit 2016 Championships (Preliminary)

The first night of the Championships featuring 30 participating countries, brought a lot of excitement, action, and some great cosplay from all teams. It...
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7 Ways to beat the Summer Heat in Japan

Japanese Summers are notoriously hot and humid. It’s the same story every year: After the coldness of Winter, we all look forward to that...

Renewing a Working Visa in Japan

Today is one of those days... The day most expats in Japan dread almost as much as going to the Doctor or Dentist. At...

Enjoying the Magnificent Beauty at Shiba-Sakura Flower Festival

Mt. Fuji is the eternally revered, quintessential symbol of Japan - as is the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flower. Combine those two, and you get...
Chris Evans in his directorial debut

Chris Evans’ Directorial Debut Becomes Available In Japan

Known mostly for his portrayal of Captain America (which is breaking box office records with "Civil War" right now), Chris Evans has fought his...

Yana: Fishing with Your Hands

Ayu, sometimes translated as "sweetfish" is a small freshwater fish that is prized for it's sweet and savory flesh. In the summer months it...