Friday, February 21, 2020

History

Every country holds the important of its history in high esteem but few do so with the enthusiasm that Japan has for its own. Japanese history not only predates nearly every western society but has survived and thrives still in the modern world. The important of Japanese history is displayed in every corner of Japan and is represented in every piece of culture.

UNESCO world heritage : Nishi-Honganji

Kyoto has many temples and shrines that are famous in Japan and all over the world. But there are many interesting temples that do not appear on the classic tourist routes because they are...

Tori No Ichi: The Good Luck Charm Fair

If your sign is the Rooster you're in for a lot of celebrations this year and the next. Tori No Ichi, or bird/rooster day, is celebrated every 12 days of November. This means that...

History of Christmas in Japan

If you're in Japan during the Christmas season you might be wondering why Christmas decorations are so prevalent. After all, only about 2% of the Japanese population is Christian and as good as all...
Kanda Bridge

Another 3hr trip – Akihabara & Kanda

Akihabara & Kanda   秋葉原・神田 After a shopping spree at Akihabara, why not head to Kanda for some Japanese sweet treats and see how tradition is redefined and incorporated in everyday life in Tokyo. Akihabara is...

Shibuya’s Peko-chan Restaurant

In the heart of Shibuya, across from Shibuya 109 you can find a branch of Fujiya Restaurant featuring its cute mascot character Peko-chan. Fujiya Food Service Co., Ltd. famous throughout Japan for its confectionery stores...

Winter Solstice in Japan

Winter Solstice is the day of the year when the night is the longest. This year for Japan this day falls on December 21st with a sunrise from 6:48am and a sunset at 4:32pm. Winter...

Kanto Matsuri

Designated as one of Tohoku's top three festivals, the Kanto Matsuri is a sight to behold. The name "Kanto Matsuri" does not mean that it is in the Kanto region, "Kanto" is the name...

From Edo Castle to the Imperial Palace – The History of the Heart...

As Japan enters into a new era and welcomes a new emperor, the grounds around the Tokyo Imperial Palace will become much busier. That’s because for the foreseeable future Emperor Naruhito will be “commuting”...
Entsuin temple

Spectacular Views of Matsushima Bay

Upon arrival at Miyagi-ken, we headed to our first stop at Shiogama Jinja Shrine. With a long history dating back to the 9th century, the shrine houses a collection of ancient votive lanterns that...

Feudal Lord’s Treasure: Zuigan-ji Temple

Zuigan-ji Temple, designated as a Japanese National Treasure, was originally established in the year 828 by the noted Buddhist monk, Jikaku Daishi. Later, the famed feudal lord Date Masamune rebuilt it as his family...