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Top Scary Places and Halloween in Japan – From Kawaii to...

Witches, Ghosts, Goblins, and more (Keitai)Zombies than you can shake a stick at are currently shuffling up and down the streets in Shibuya, which...

Tenno Matsuri

Tsushima, Aichi is usually a very quiet and rather unassuming city just outside Nagoya - a city where people go about their daily lives...

Hachimaki – the Japanese Headband that gives you Energy

When thinking of Japan, some of the things that usually come to mind are Sushi and Samurai; perhaps Karate and Bonsai. These are all...

Tanabata Festival in Japan

July 7th is Tanabata “七夕”, or Star Festival here in Japan. If we go by the lunar calendar, it will be on August 28th...

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...

Should Tattoos Continue to be Banned From Onsen in Japan?

Spring and early Summer means relaxation, travel, and for many people, it also means a visit to an Onsen (温泉; natural hot springs).  As a volcanically active country,...

Job Hunting Season in Japan – Shuukatsu

It's almost that time of year again when you'll see many recent graduates in their best black suits, roaming the streets to attend interviews...

7 Things you didn’t know about Ninja

Imposing figures in black, hiding in the shadows, and moving about with almost superhuman agility seem like nothing but cool stories told to tourists...

Celebrating New Year’s – Japanese Style

As we are enjoying the last remaining days of 2015, reminiscing, and looking forward to 2016, many people are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to...

The Sound of Wa

The term "wa" (和) literally means peace or harmony, and is the fundamental building block of Japanese society.  It implies a peaceful unity and...