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Denbo-in, Asakusa’s Secret Garden

When you are in Asakusa you will notice there are many temples near the Senso-Ji area. One of them is the Denbo-in Temple, the office of Senso-Ji Temple and the residence of the head...

The Myth of Tomorrow

This huge mural hangs at Shibuya station. Named "The Myth of Tomorrow", it is made by the Japanese artist Taro Okamoto. It was painted in the late 1960's in Mexico, but unveiled in Shibuya Station...

Taste all of Japan in Ginza

Antenna Shops offer a glimpse into Japan’s regional culture and cuisine

Picture Perfect Oirase Keiryu in Aomori

The Oirase Keiryu has to be one of the most photographed and photogenic streams in Japan. And for good reason - even if you're not a professional photographer and the only camera you've ever touched...

Top 3 Autumn Leaf Viewing Spots in Japan

As sweltering summer turns to autumn, leaves take on an amber hue starting from the mountains in Hokkaido and spreading southwards. Here are three top spots where Japanese people go “koyo (autumn leaf) hunting”!  Arashiyama, Kyoto 嵐山-京都   Best...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Secrets Of The Uni-verse

Uni, or the sea urchin, is one of those love it or hate it foods. Given its spiky and explosive mine-like appearance, one has to wonder what was going through the mind of the...

Aomori Nebuta Festival: Week Long Street Party

Every night this week till Friday, the sleepy streets of Aomori city roar into life with the chants of "ra-se-ra, ra-se-ra, ra-se-ra-se-ra-se-ra!" and thousands of feet spring off the ground as they dance to the...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Treasures from Miyagi

This may look like a beating heart ripped out of some deep sea monster's chest, but it is actually a complete sea creature in itself - known as a sea squirt, or hoya (ホヤ)in Japanese. In fact,...

Aomori’s ancient festival of floats

Larger than life lanterns at the Aomori Nebuta Festival Ready to celebrate Japan’s ancient traditions at a matsuri of massive proportions? Grab your geta, and head up to the Aomori Nebuta Festival on Aug. 1-7, one...