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Japan Summer Special 2016

Spending the summer in Japan means that you can rub shoulders with the locals in an energetic festival, or get away from the crowd and go hiking in cool, picturesque landscapes. You can indulge in soul...

August 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Here comes the second part of our Fireworks Festivals Schedule! All big Events In & Around Tokyo for August are featured in this article.  Get your Yukata ready! Tokyo The 34th Koto Fireworks Festival Date: August 1st...

In Harmony with the Seasons: Festivals

In Japan, various shrines and temples hold summer festivals during the months of July and August. The origins of these festivals stem from a way to soothe the tired souls from farming labor, and...

July 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Summer means Hanabi Matsuri (花火祭り) season in Japan, and refers to great Fireworks Festivals held throughout the country. During the hot and humid summer, the festivals lighten up the mood and provide a sparkling...

Iris in Wonderland Japan: Summer Fireworks

Hi, my name is Iris Woo and I'm Malaysian Chinese, born and bred in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This is my first blog entry on my journey to chase my dream to become...

Fun Around Mt. Fuji (4): Hot Pink Flower Festivals To Ice Cold Caves

From the vibrant hot pink Shiba-Sakura by Lake Motosuko, to the cool underground lava and ice caves by Lake Saiko, we explored the hidden and natural majesty of Mt. Fuji that extends beyond the...
Nishiasa Sankita (Nishiasakusa Sanchome Kita Chokai) mikoshi carrying

Backstage at Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one of the earliest,...
Michael Feather Photography from Sanja Festival

Interview with Michael Feather – Capturing Precious Moments from Sanja Matsuri

Michael Feather: Photographer A graduate of Leeds College of Photography Design and Print Clients varying from Lucite International and Muji to some of the best award winning agencies in the UK and Japan . Shot the...

TOHOKU

TOHOKU東北地方With a history that can be traced back to the 7th century, Tohoku is truly a hidden gem for those who appreciate a relaxed holiday in an unspoiled and bucolic environment. From its vibrant...

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: One of Tokyo’s most artistic hotels

Paintings found in hotel rooms and hallways have often been a synonym for tasteless, mass-produced decoration items that fill empty walls; however, in Japan hospitality or omotenashi dictates that the host makes his...