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Hatchiman Matsuri, One of Japan’s Most Beautiful Festivals in Enchanting Takayama

Sep 12, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas  just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is...[ Click to read more ]

Yōkai, the Weird World of Japanese Spooks and Spectres

Sep 11, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Halloween is all about spooky stuff, right? There are various bone-chilling tales coming out of medieval Europe for its origins...[ Click to read more ]

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Osu Street Performers’ Festival

Sep 07, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

October brings the Nagoya Festival, a massive parade throughout the city celebrating three great warriors and historical leaders connected to the city: Oda...[ Click to read more ]

Seven Spooky Japanese Halloween Costume Ideas

Sep 07, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

So, Halloween is coming and you are getting ready to dust off that old ghost, vampire or witch costume that you...[ Click to read more ]

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Tricks and Treats for All Ages at USJ for Halloween

Sep 07, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Although Universal Studios Japan is an exciting outing any time of year, during the Halloween season, USJ’s additional tricks and...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Jazz Scene

Aug 30, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

When you think of music in Japan it is hard to get past the impression of super-cutesy J-Pop idols, adorably...[ Click to read more ]

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The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

Aug 28, 2017 By

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, "kakigori"...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Alternative, and More Interesting, Beer Gardens

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_33163" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Summer Nights at Yoyogi Village Beer Terrace[/caption] It could be argued (by me at least) that...[ Click to read more ]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Some 1,300 years ago the Empress Genmei established the seat of power in the mountainous area of Heijō-kyō, and in doing so...[ Click to read more ]