Friday, September 20, 2019

Kichijoji, casual Tokyo

Enjoy Tokyo like a local Voted as Tokyo's most livable area for an impressive seven years in a row, Kichijoji is the kind of place you can be your casual self. The streets are full of cafes,...

Matsumoto Must See Sights

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum: Ramen in Showa fashion

A delightful "time slurp" Contrary to its naming, Shinyokohama Raumen Museum is more a theme park than a museum. But fear not, by theme park I don't mean crazy, looping roller coasters, pendulum rides, drop towers...

Shichiken: A Traditional Sake Brewery With Modern Ideas

A brewery that is a world of its own Yamanashi Prefecture Hokoto City's Hakushu area might be famous for Suntory's Hakushu Whiskey, but did you know that it is also home to long-established sake brewery, Shichiken? WAttention...

Secret Stone Statues

We found these hidden stone statues in Aoyama at the back entrance to the Nezu Art Museum. Curious why they're here? This entrance is used for special guests, such as ambassadors from foreign countries, and...

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

  Taro Okamoto (岡本太郎) is one of the most well-known Japanese artists and sculptors, known for his iconic, cartoonish and somewhat surrealist large-scale public sculptures. But many people don't know that his former house is located in...

Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni

Are you familiar with beni? Beni is the red color pigment extracted from benibana (safflower) petals, which have only 1% of red pigment. Benibana is said to have its origin in the Nile River Valley of...
Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

  Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art created by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940). This bamboo-lined path leads to the entrance of the museum. Information Nezu Museum [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3241.5992841993248!2d139.71490381525817!3d35.66224318019879!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60188b63fb3c4ec5%3A0xd0ca2110e541cb1c!2z77yI6LKh77yJ5qC55rSl576O6KGT6aSo!5e0!3m2!1sja!2sjp!4v1456120919456&w=700&h=300] ACCESS: 8-minute walk...

What’s in Kyushu? Vol. 2 Saga Prefecture

Although Saga Prefecture (佐賀県) is the smallest in Kyushu, it played an important role in Japan’s history as a hub for trade and transmission of culture between the Japanese archipelago and mainland Asia. Rich...

Ohara Museum

  The Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, was the very first museum in Japan that exhibited Western and modern art. It is a private museum founded by Ohara Magosaburo to commemorate Kojima...