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Nishimura Yuzen-Chokoku

About Nishimura Yuzen Chokoku: From kimono dyeing to iPad case design From kimono dyeing to iPad case design Takeshi Nishimura from Kyoto is a living legend in the world of yuzen-chokoku, which is the craft of...

Themed Izakayas To Experience Japanese Culture

It's all about theme-work!  Experiencing Japanese summer is not complete without going to themed restaurants and Izakaya (bars). Savory food and refreshing drinks are alluring to start with, but these venues offer great entertainment such...

Tenjin Matsuri: Osaka’s Festival of Fire and Water

If you are in Osaka tomorrow, you can catch this rare scene of a women-only contingent carrying a 200kg mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. This is the lead up to Osaka's...

Ukai: A 3-in-1 Truly “U”-nique Experience

To enjoy Japan’s culture, cuisine and scenery, try a Ukai river cruise. “Ukai” literally means the rearing of cormorants and refers to a traditional fishing method deploying these long-necked aquatic birds to hunt for river...

Restaurant Review: Kuzuryu Soba

Today, soba noodles might stand in the shadow of the almighty ramen, but in eastern Japan, soba have been the major type of noodle for centuries. Compared to udon which is more popular in western...

Hiraizumi: Representing Heaven on Earth

Hiraizumi, created as a Buddhist heaven on earth over 1,000 years ago, celebrates its third year as a World Heritage site this June. Its temples, gardens and buildings were recognized as a rare example...

Kyo Karakami by Maruni Interior and Accessories

Own a unique piece of classic Japanese design   Add a touch of taste and tradition to your home with a Kyo Karakami wall panel made according to your preferences. Karakami - which literally means “Tang Chinese...

Japanese crafts from the past that are right in the now

Japanese crafts from the past that are right in the now   Would you have imagined that the skills involved in creating designs for the kimono can be transported to decorations for a leather iPad case?...

Omotenashi In A Ramen Bowl

  One of Japan’s biggest assets is its hospitality and the quality of service. Japanese people’s meticulousness and proactive ideas are surely a source of Japan Inc.’s promising brand. In fact, this philosophy is transcended...

Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum, situated in the Nara Park, is one of the four prominent national museums in Japan, along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu. It houses about 1,400 collection items which are extensively...