Wednesday, February 19, 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.

Another 3 hr trip – Ginza

How to Make the Best of 3 Hours in Tokyo It is the last day of your trip and you have three hours left before departing for the airport. Don’t know what to do with...

Togakushi & Iizuna Area: Ninja history shrouded in stunning nature

Togakushi Jinja Shrine Discover mysterious legends and powerspots Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines located at the base of Mt. Togakushi. According to Japanese mythology, a grief-ridden Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, hid herself in a...

Himeyuri War Memorial

Located in southern Okinawa, Himeyuri no To (Himeyuri War Memorial) was established for the 219 high school students and teachers of the First Prefectural Girls’ High School and Women’s Normal School, who sacrificed their...

Tokyo: A city of two worlds

While Tokyo is often thought of as a modern metropolis, a step beyond the glistening skyscrapers and a wander down the winding side streets will reveal a pathway to the city’s spiritual side. Tokyo...

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...

Come on over to Komatsu (6) : Rojo Park

The area where an expansion of Komatsu castle used to be is now a beautfiful Japanese style park named "Rojo Park". The old castle was the residence of the third lord of the Maeda clan's Kaga Domain,...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Itsukushima Shrine – Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine: The Japanese Benchmark of Beauty Of all Japan's cultural heritage sites, Itsukushima Shrine is perhaps not just the most beautiful, but the most important for understanding the traditional Japanese concept of beauty. Known by its 16-meter brilliant vermillion otorii gate...

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...

The Four Seasons in Nagano City & Travel Tips

The rugged mountains that define the outline of Nagano City are a popular destination for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. In the summertime, the cool air provides relief from Japan’s boiling hot climate found...

Tokyo Edo Week

The kimono is making a comeback with a modern twist and both young and old are wearing it more than ever. Tokyo wants to encourage you to try this timeless garment by organizing the Tokyo...