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About Geisha Districts

Every tourist equates Japan with geisha. But most are hazy about where geisha actually are. They might know Kyoto has geisha, but many don’t know that Tokyo does too. Actually there are probably 30 or...

7 Great Winter Activities in Northern Tohoku

1. Get sporty Winter in Northern Tohoku is a paradise for those who enjoy winter sports. Majestic mountain ranges carpeted in fresh powder snow provide a number of great ski hills all over the region....

BQpedia: Oden

BQpedia: Your guide to the underbelly of Japanese cuisine B級グルメ("B-Kyu Gurume") may mean "B-Grade Gourmet" but the only thing "B-Grade" about this food category is the price, as most Japanese will swear by the "A-Grade"...

Let’s Talk Subculture Vol.01: Otome Road

  Explore the fascinating world of Japan’s subcultures with insights from the inside What You Oughta' Know About Otome Road - Mecca of the FUJOSHI 腐女子 In a nutshell: Otome Road is to the Fujoshi what Akihabara is...

Do the “Hell Tour” at Beppu Onsen

Beppu in Oita Prefecture is probably the most famous onsen resort in Japan, producing the most hot spring water than any other area. The type of hot spring water varies on the location of...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Feeling Crabby?

Crab season is officially here, with the start of the snow crab fishing season beginning off the Sea of Japan last week. The snow crab, or zuwaigani, is a much-loved winter delicacy by the...

Maple Hunting In Tokyo: Ueno Park

Autumn colors in Ueno Park As autumn approaches its peak, Japan’s leaves gradually dye in deep red, yellow and orange colors. While widely renowned for its cherry blossoms in spring, Ueno Park is also ideal for...

Hokkaido By Rail and Car: Day 3 – Kamikawa, Sounkyo

Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island, is also referred to as the "The Big Land in the North" by the locals. Blessed with picturesque nature and bounty from the sea and land, it is a...

The Takaoka Taste Tour

From historic copperware craftwork to the futuristic cartoon cat Doraemon, Takaoka City is the home of traditional and modern culture for all ages. And thanks to the recently completed Hokuriku Shinkansen, visiting this picturesque town located...

Three Ways To Eat Fugu

Fugu, Safe and Yummy Being a poisonous fish, Fugu, or pufferfish is one of the most notorious delicacies in Japanese cuisine. Although most of our  readers are probably familiar with it, I assume that most of...