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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...

Crafting New Identities – Ramen Girls and Japanese Beer!

Japan is a country steeped in tradition with a very proud food culture, that has been as much a part of its identity as...

Exploring the art of Sumo (相撲)

The sport of wrestling has been around throughout various cultures since time immemorial. It is usually a friendly competition, traditionally between males, to measure...

Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri–Naked Man Festival

The Saidaiji Naked Men Festival is widely considered to be one of Japan’s strangest matsuri. Each year in February, roughly 10,000 men sign up...

Iaido–The Ancient Art of Swordsmanship Entering a New Age

For those who have never heard the word, Iaido is a Japanese martial art which trains you, in both body and mind, how to...

Spirituality Meets Sensuality in Nagoya

Solemn bald-headed monks in orange robes are usually the image that comes to mind when people think of going to a temple. Nobody would...

The Ishidori

There are all sorts of festivals in Japan, but we would like to present something different to you along with the kind of insight...

World Cosplay Summit 2017 – Underground Parade

Hello everyone, we're finally back online after some technical issues, so here are a few posts from the last several days.... Summertime means intense heat,...

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...