Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nakamura Keith Haring Collection: New York pop art in Yamanashi

Universal art meets Japanese blending The Japanese are masters in blending their ancient culture with foreign and modern influences. Majestic shrines next to towering skyscrapers, tatami rooms with plasma screen televisions, manga-themed kabuki performances, anything seems...

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...

Training Through Tohoku (1): The Must Do List

Tohoku - the northeastern region of Japan's main island -  is most enjoyable in autumn, when this scenic area is aflame with fall colors, and its famed fruits and seafood are in full harvest. And...

World Heritage (6): Genbaku Dome

Genbaku Dome: Hiroshima's Relic of Hope Exactly 100 years ago, visitors flocked to admire the newly-built Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall - a proud symbol of modernism with its European-style dome. Now, people from all over the world gather...

World Heritage (5): Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

Shirakawa-go & Gokayama: Fairy tale-like farmhouse villages  Like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, the twinkling towns of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama possess a magical beauty that moves with the seasons. Surrounded by steep rugged mountains and...

Yokohama Minatomirai: Port of the Future

A skyline that truly impresses Yokohama's Minato Mirai skyline has become iconic to the city. A cruise along this port skyline at night will be among the most romantic and exciting experiences during your trip in...

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...

Toba: A Small Fisherwoman’s Village

The home of pearls and Ama-zing female divers Most of our readers have probably never heard of Toba, a small fishing village in Mie Prefecture, not too far from Ise Town. The name Mikimoto however, might...

Shibamata Street Life

Where Shitamachi culture is still intact  Shibamata is the ideal destination for a leisurely trip back in time to Showa-era (mid-1920s to late 1980s) Tokyo. It is one of the few areas in the city where...

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,...