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Go on a nature adventure in Niigata

Niigata is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, such as enduring mountain ranges and the longest river in Japan— the Shinano River. While nature lovers can have a blast exploring out-of-town spots, sports...

Travel through the nostalgic ambience

Niigata Prefecture, Japan’s top producer of rice, is often characterized by stretches of terraced fields and rustic countryside scenery. Nevertheless, the old street of Niigata is also worth visiting for its amazingly nostalgic atmosphere...

A bite of Niigata

The secret to Niigata’s rice—especially the famous rice variety Koshihikari—lies in melted snow and run-off water which contain an abundance of nutrients and minerals. The area is also known for producing prestigious sake and...

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS: The Seven Autumn Grasses

There is a poem I like from the Edo period..."The Musashino Plain, where for lack of mountains, the moon must rise and set from behind the grasses."  It evokes in me that time in...

ROBOT RESTAURANT: Shinjuku’s Neon Dreamland

In the energetic, alluring streets of the entertainment district of Kabukicho is one that shows off a fair amount of spotlight to pedestrians – The ROBOT RESTAURANT. Here and there are flashes of magenta...

Rise of New Tokyo Theaters and Enpaku

A new urban entertainment scene is about to spring up in Tokyo’s Toshima-ku (ward). From November this year to July 2020, around 22 projects will be launched to commemorate the project “East Asian Cultural...

Here are Some Popular Japanese Original Productions

Currently, Tokyo presents an extensive variety of stunning theater performances, incomparable to any other in the world. THE SPLENDOR OF TAKARAZUKA Tokyo Takarazuka Theater Perhaps, one of the most remarkable developments in modern Japanese theater is the...

The Modern Theater

Nohgaku, Kabuki, and Bunraku embellished the Edo theater scene, and they continue to fascinate audiences to this day. However, how shows are performed and how audiences experience them have undergone many changes since Edo...

The Theater Scene in the Edo Period

In the world of the Japanese theater, Nohgaku (Noh and Kyogen), Kabuki, and Bunraku have each been recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. To discover how these beloved forms of Japanese...

Start your day off right with the Imperial Palace Run

From professional athletes to casual sports enthusiasts, people love jogging around the Imperial Palace. The path around the palace is regarded by joggers as the place to run and is known as kokyo-ran, or...