Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ise Grand Shrine: Japan’s Top Power Spot

A Shrine For The Bucket List  Since days of old, there has been a saying about the Ise Jingu, or Ise Grand Shrine: isshoni ichido wa omairi o, meaning one should worship there at least once...

Tenjin Matsuri: Osaka’s Festival of Fire and Water

If you are in Osaka tomorrow, you can catch this rare scene of a women-only contingent carrying a 200kg mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. This is the lead up to Osaka's...

Ukai: A 3-in-1 Truly “U”-nique Experience

To enjoy Japan’s culture, cuisine and scenery, try a Ukai river cruise. “Ukai” literally means the rearing of cormorants and refers to a traditional fishing method deploying these long-necked aquatic birds to hunt for river...

Picturesque Japan: Engetsu Island

Japan's most magical sunset display at Nanki Shirahama Engetsu Island is a small rock island just off Nanki Shirahama's coast in Wakayama Prefecture, and it's almost as if it was created for postcard-perfect photos. Nanki Shirahama is...

Osaka’s Over-The-Top Billboards

From Deep Sea Creatures to Cheese Puff s' Uncle Karl In Osaka, people are loud and things tend to get larger than life - especially their billboards. These flamboyant and extravagant advertisements show how Osaka has always been a city...

Omotenashi In A Ramen Bowl

  One of Japan’s biggest assets is its hospitality and the quality of service. Japanese people’s meticulousness and proactive ideas are surely a source of Japan Inc.’s promising brand. In fact, this philosophy is transcended...

Gion: Geisha Street In Kyoto

Gion, one of the symbols of Kyoto, was founded in the Middle Ages in front of the Yasaka-jinja Shrine. It is a brilliant geisha district located on both sides of the Kamo-gawa River. The...

Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum, situated in the Nara Park, is one of the four prominent national museums in Japan, along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu. It houses about 1,400 collection items which are extensively...