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From omotenashi and kimono to anime and cosplay, explore the fascinating world of Japan’s cultures and subcultures as well as the intricate aspects of Japanese traditions and customs.

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Sendai’s Tanabata Festival

Sendai’s Tanabata Festival: Wonders of traditional Japanese paper-making by shopkeepers Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is touted as one of the three major summer festivals in the Tohoku region, Held in Sendai from August 6 to 8, the lavish...
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Unveil Intriguing Festivals in Niigata

Though it may still be relatively unknown, there is a wonderful festival in Niigata that is a must for capturing on your social media. Unlike huge festivals packed with thousands of people, this festival...

Aomori’s Nebuta Festival

Aomori’s Nebuta Festival: Passionate haneto dancers give the performance of a lifetime Aomori is known for holding the Nebuta Festival from August 2 to 7 every year. About 3 million tourists from home and abroad flock into...

Naka-Harima: Delve into the mythical lands of Japanese folklore

So you have gone to the must-see Himeji Castle and you are wondering if there is anything else worth checking out. Well, hidden away in the mountains and waters of Himeji are some of...

Naka-Harima: for Travelers Interested in Japanese History

Among the many famous places in Japan, Himeji Castle is a must-see. With its striking towers, it is an iconic Japanese castle. Not only did it survive Japan’s era of war-torn civil unrest during...

SADOU HOSTEL: experience the beauty and tranquility of a tradition Japanese tea ceremony from...

Sadou Hostel sets the standard for affordable travel accommodations with its revolutionary hostel in the culturally rich area of Ueno. The stacked beds design seems to have been inspired by popular capsule hotels. However, they are...

The rich culture and spirituality of Nagano

Nagano Prefecture is a mountainous region in the center of Japan’s main island, Honshu. Best known for its exhilarating ski slopes which hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Nagano is a popular destination for...

Kyoto by the Sea. Enchanting places. Engaging locals

So you’ve seen the golden splendour of to Kinkaku-ji, and walked the famed paths of Fushimi-inari taisha and Arashiyama. Perhaps you’ve even wondered the back alleys of Nishiki market and peered around town from...
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Nishitama, Okutama : A Trip Into Tokyo’s Untapped Forests

Forests in Tokyo? Impossible – you might think, but it’s very possible. Two hours west of Shinjuku, lies the Nishitama area, part of greater Tokyo. Now, to many Tokyo residents, Nishitama is nothing special...

[Shopping] Shaping the City

High Streets and Local Shopping Streets – Two Sides of a Coin Tokyo is a city of contrasts locked in an interplay, one of which is the balance of high shopping streets and local shopping...