The image of the Japanese Kimono encompasses beauty, tradition and elegance. Kimono rentals offer admirers to take part in the beautiful kimono traditions and ceremonies. Get your kimono rental and be part of ancient Japanese past!
Japanes Hina Dolls are incredibly rare and expensive handmade dolls that are displayed in the earlier part of the year to celebrate good health and growth for young girls. The Hanging Hina Doll Decoration Festival in Izu Inatori is the must see place...
The Katana sword is the symbol of Japanese Samurai pride and strength. Eager visitors make their way to Japanese Sword Museum to see the history of the Katana sword and go to Japan Sword Co, Ltd. to get their hands on a real Katana sword!
Shiga takes you into the ancient days of Japan where Ninjas and Lords ruled the surrounding land. Come be taken in by the beautiful Lake Biwa or sharpen your Ninjitsu skills in Shiga!
Okayama is known for some of the most high quality denim in the world. Companies focus on using natural materials to produce better quality items. Find the best pair of jeans in Japan.
Sestubun is a traditional Japanese holiday to welcome the first day of spring and to bring luck into the home. Every year on February 3rd, partake in rituals and eat festive food to celebrate spring.
The large 134 acre Yoyogi Park is a beautiful green space in Tokyo. The park is a gather spot for locals and visitors looking for something different while in Tokyo. Seeing the cherry blossoms in the spring is an unforgettable experience.
Japanese minimalism in general is one way to practice not only discipline in living life, but also simplicity and learning to appreciate that everything. Downsizing leads to a different perspective of life.
Of all the places to shop in Tokyo, Nakano Broadway and the surrounding mall is a must visit on your trip to Japan. Anime and manga fans can find anything and everything.
Nengajo are important cards sent out during the New Year to express thankfulness and appreciation. Everyone in Japan sends Nengajo to family and friends. New Year's is a big event in Japan.
Buddhism is the way to find peace within oneself, and Shojin Ryori supports the mind as well as the body. It is less important what to eat, but rather how to eat. Eating Buddhist Cuisine is a lifestyle change.
Osechi started in the Heian period and this traditional food is only eaten during New Years. Osechi is packed into jubako, a box that resemble bento boxes. Osechi mainly consists of delicious and fresh seafood.
In Japan, inew abbreviations are created every year, the Gyaru Buzzword Grand Prix 2016 decided what new words were in the most popular. The newest Gyaru words are a little different from high school girl words.
Kyoto is home to temples and shrines, the old capital of Japan has many festivals all year long such as Gion festival. There is something different to enjoy every season. Each festival is full of culture, history, and fun events.
Words is Japanese are being twisted every year. Japanese high school girls abbreviate normal words and if popular enough, they will trend and everyone uses them. Some of the words used in 2016 are so unusual Japanese people don't even understand.
English is the global language, but the structure and grammar can be difficult to understand. Conversation and communication could be more important than reading and looking at flashcards.
Mukimono (剥き物) is the Japanese art of food carving. This unique tradition requires skill and technique. Designs are usually carved into fruit or vegetables. These garnishes decorate any plate.
New Year's in Japan is a special event, there are traditions that have been practiced for decades. Traditional food is eaten, people pray at temples, and spend time with their families.
Kawagoe in Saitama is a city popular with tourists for its long history and beautiful scenery. See historic sights, purchase traditional souvenirs, and eat traditional food. This Edo style town is a short train ride away from Tokyo.
There are many Pokemon Centers and Stores all throughout Japan. Pokémon started as a Game Boy and became an insanely popular anime. After Pokémon Go was released in July 2016, everyone with a smartphone was playing.
In Japan, depending on the season, the average weather temperature differs in the area. There is spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The Kanto, Tohoku, and Kansai region are a little different when compared.
Tokyo is a must go-to destination for many people. For over 50 years Tokyo has been expanding and renovating. Many of the old buildings still stand, but they get a new look.
Christmas in Japan is a little different from other countries. There are traditions unique to Japan following the commercialization of the holiday. Christmas is for couples and New Years in for families.
Traditional Japanese games and toys from centuries ago are still alive and popular among children in Japan. Many games originated from the Edo period. One of these games could be a good souvenir.
The Japanese anime movie Kimi no Na Wa is a popular as ever. The band RADWIMPS composed all of the music, their new album is going to be released in late November. One of the main songs has a new music video.
Halloween in Japan is getting bigger every year. There were thousands of people in Shibuya walking around, taking pictures, and having fun. Costumes get more elaborate every year.
Japan has many high quality lingerie brands. There are new products every season. With many colors and styles to choose from, there will be no problem finding something.
Anyone living in Tokyo thinks about convenience and transportation. There are certain towns that locals like to live in. Find a town that suits your needs and lifestyle the best.
Japanese business manners can be very strict. Knowing these manners and rules can really impress a boss or a client. Not knowing where to sit can come off as rude.
A Shinto wedding is a traditional and unique ceremony within Japanese culture. Watch the ceremonies and rituals at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo or at other shrine around Japan.
The Shiba Inu is one of six dog breeds from Japan. The Shiba Inu is small, loyal, and likes to keep clean. This dog is considered a national treasure to Japan.
Based on a manga, the new Japanese drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu stars Aragaki Yui and Hoshino Gen. The "love dance" video released on YouTube got over one million views in 24 hours.
Japan is a mysterious country. Learn some new trivia about Japan and quiz your friends. Somethings will always remain a question. There is so must history related to Japan.
Japanese animated films have become world-famous. Your name or Kimi no Na wa is a big hit throughout Japan in 2016. Films by Studio Ghibli will be classics and films by Mamoru Hosoda and Makoto Shinkai are capturing hearts.
Japanese female idols groups are mysterious yet so popular. Young girls audition to enter the world of show business and the winners are expected to a set good example for their fans.
Ninja, Samurai, and Maiko symbolizes traditional Japanese culture in many ways. Watch and learn Ninja training, sword fighting, and traditional dances. Experiencing old time Japan is important to understand modern Japan.
Yuru-chara are mascots in Japan promoting a region, business, or government. The characters are cute and a piece of local history or culture is included in the design.
After the invention of instant noddles, many other companies tried to create their own version. Consumers have hundreds of types of instant noddles to choose from. The basic flavors are soy sauce, pork broth, and miso.
There are many things in Japanese that can be inconvenient for foreigners. Many signs and menus are in complete Japanese and many shops and restaurants are cash only.
Ideas and inventions made in Japan rarely ever travel overseas. Most of everything stays in Japan. To see these amazing things in action, you must travel to Japan.
Why was the Tsukiji Fish Market relocation postponed? Issues such as old facilities, sanitation, and an ineffective layout need to be addressed. Groundwater test results will determined what happens next.
As you know, Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and Osaka is the second largest metropolitan in Japan. There are a lot of unique differences between those cities. It is interesting to compare them when you travel both cities.
Wagakki is Japanese musical instruments that has been used for traditional events. Listening to Mystic sounds and take Wagakki lesson must be a precious memory of your travel to Japan.
Japanese school festivals called "Bunkasai" or "Gakuensai" are truly something worth witnessing first hand. The attention to detail and the overall creativity from students really is something that will impress you.
How much do you know about Japan? It is true that it's a tiny country? Why its culture seems so unique? Well, let's see some facts and its secrets.
Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) is one of the things you have to see when you visit Japan, which is traditional Japanese art especially flourished in Edo period drawn by some famous artists.
Ika no shiokara is salted, fermented seafoods, often consumed as appetizers. You must try it because it is one of the popular Japanese food "chinmi (bizzare tastes)" and goes very well with sake.
The Japanese traditional pastry, Castella, is something that everyone would immediately fall in love with its simple, delicious, and delicate flavor and taste.
One of the most popular Japanese boy bands will call it quits. The international hit group, SMAP, will split up on December 31st of this year due to a number of reasons.
Learning Japanese proverbs is very important to fully understand Japanese conversation and readings. These Japanese proverbs will give you some help to live better and make you think deeper or make you laugh.
There are many kinds of Sake available in Japan but you may not have found Sake which suit your taste perfectly. The Sake I am introducing this time are very authentic and excellent ones. Each of them could be your favorite Sake!
Eshima Ohashi Bridge that will make you not believe your own eyes! Eshima Ohashi Bridge looks more like a rollercoaster than a bridge and is connecting Tottori and Shimane prefecture in Japan.
There are several words in Japanese language which typically describes some kind of uniqueness of Japanese culture. These words are difficult to translate into the other language.
In Kyoto, you can have a chance to try on and rent a traditional Japanese costume Yukata or Kimono. Here are 5 Yukata/Kimono shops which are available in English.
Have you ever heard of “Randoseru” that is a necessary item for almost all Japanese elementary school children. It had been supposed to be only for elementary school children, however, it has become popular among adults because of its efficiency.
On November 2, 2016, Tsukiji market, the world's largest and busiest fish market, will close the doors its 80-year history to move to a new site in the Toyosu district of Tokyo.
I guess many people call names of great sport players as their heroes when they were kids. Let me introduce several Japanese sports legends who created Japanese sports history.
Here are 10 new anime that both children and adults can enjoy watching. Check out the list below and find the one (or two or three or ten!) you like for the coming up summer 2016 season.
Inkan is a personal seal which are used instead of a sign in Japan. Inkan has one’s family name written in a circle or square and is customary to stamp documents.
Obon is one of the most important annual events in Japan because our ancestor’s souls return to this world. Let's dance Bon Odori and enjoy the summer holidays!
This article discusses the popularity of Umi no Ie in Japan. If you are visiting in a summer month, beaches in Japan offer a great respite from this city. Japanese beaches offers more than just surf and sand.
Sumo Wrestling is one of the popular Japanese icons. But not many people outside of Japan understand what actually Sumo Wrestling is. Let me give you some deeper knowledge about Sumo.
What is Japanese Karaoke like? Almost all Japanese are into singing a song and getting their groove on with friends at a karaoke box. Let's enjoy the night in Japan!
July 7th is Tanabata (The Star Festival in Japan). Write your wishes and hopes on the oblong card and tie those to the bamboo leaf! Look up to the sky of many stars and eager for your success of your dreams.
Come and experience Purikura (Japanese photo booth). IT is now one of the biggest pop culture crazes. Wherever you go in Japan, you are bound to run into one of these. Here are some steps for you.
The Japanese rush hour is quite the experience. People often compare it to being sardines in a can. But here are some useful tips to help you survive.
Japanese people use lots of English words in their daily Japanese conversation but there are several words which Japanese believe English words and actually they are not.
There are several typical things that remind Japanese people of summer. I guess some of them are not familiar with you. If you are visiting Japan in the summer season, you may want to know about them.
Japanese school lunch called "Kyushoku" is unique Japanese culture. It is not only about eating but tell you very important lessons in nutrition, health, cooking, and social skills.
Introducing sushi etiquette in Japan. How to eat and order? Should you eat with fingers or chopsticks? This sushi etiquette guide will help you when you eat it in Japan.
This article talks about differences between McDonald in Japan and that in the United States. It includes the meal size, the taste, and the way of ordering.
This article talks about basic requirements for going to university in Japan. It includes expense information, such as tuition and academic requirements.
This articles talks about Japanese language schools in Japan. You can see what the school look like and a way of choosing your best Japanese language schools.
Mt. Fuji presents different beauties depending on which season you visit the mountain. This article will introduce how each season makes Mt. Fuji special.
This article gives information about labor market in Japan. Especially nowadays, component foreign workers are attractive to Japanese multinational companies.
If you like to improve your Japanese proficiency or just like to talk with Japanese people, you can find language exchange partners. Let's try to speak Japanese!
Hina Matsuri is the girls festival on March 3rd in Japan. We enjoy beautiful dolls and special foods. It's traditional Japanese custom and worth knowing!
If you go to Japan, you should visit a lot of places, not just Tokyo. Osaka should be an one candidate because you can see another aspect of Japan.
Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial arts. But, do you know there are a lot sumo wrestlers who are from foreign countries? This article focuses on them.
Japanese are sometimes thought to be the best-mannered in the world. This article will tell you 5 peculiar etiquette and manners that you should keep in Japan.